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...
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...
Student loans, property and pensions

Student loans, property and pensions

Student loan repayments (SLR) are normally deducted under PAYE from employment income so many people incorrectly assume that SLR are not due on other ‘unearned income’ such as rent or pensions. SLR will in fact be payable where the unearned income exceeds...