Getting ready to retire

Getting ready to retire

The changes to the pension rules announced in the Spring Budget were designed to dissuade higher earners from retiring early to avoid pension charges on high contributions but the new rules could have the opposite effect. Individuals can now contribute up to £60,000...
VAT on land and buildings

VAT on land and buildings

When purchasing commercial premises you need to know whether VAT will be added to the price as the stamp duty land tax charge (or similar taxes in Wales or Scotland) is calculated on the VAT inclusive value. Most older commercial buildings will be exempt from VAT but...
Sales till manipulation

Sales till manipulation

The traditional way to hide sales from HMRC is to take payment in cash and not put it through the books. Nowadays technology helps dishonest traders to hide sales by using electronic sales suppression (ESS) software. The sale is not recorded on the normal till record...
Excess mileage payments

Excess mileage payments

Petrol and diesel pump prices are high but the tax-free mileage rates payable to employees who use their own vehicles for business have not been adjusted for over a decade. VehicleFirst 10,000 miles per yearAbove 10,000 miles per yearCars and...
Settle the tax with a PSA

Settle the tax with a PSA

Occasionally you may reward your employees with something special such as a holiday or a hamper. If the value exceeds the tax-free amount permitted under the rules for say long service awards, trivial benefits or staff suggestions it will be taxable. To avoid your...