Tax Tips

The Tax laws change every year so you need to review your personal situation regularly with tax adviser before make any decision and save tax wherever possible. These Tax Tips are designed to give you some general information only, which might be relevant to you or your business and is not intended to be advice to any specific person. This is just a ideas and guideline according to 2020 Budget.

1. Declare all income

Declare all source of income. Do not get involved in a tax avoidance scheme even if it sounds good and tax evasion i.e the non-declaration of income, capital gains or false information and must not deliberate & concealed. Majority of tax avoidance schemes are caught by anti-avoidance rules and tax evasion would be illegal.

2. Act on time, timing is everything for tax planning

Timing is very important for the tax planning. The tax planning need to be done in a tax year before the end of the tax year and act accordingly. Once the deadline passes, most of your planning options will close. Deadline was a line drawn by HMRC. There are lots of separate deadlines for UK tax purposes, in the UK this is 5th April. So it is important to considering your planning options for the current tax year before the year end i.e. 5 April.

For example: (1) If you or your partner’s became the highest earner in your family exceeding £50,000 for 2019-20. If so, any child benefit claimed in that year, you may have to pay child-benefit charges (2) If your income exceeding £100,000 for the year, you will start to lose your personal allowance. This loss of your personal allowance (£12,500 for 2019-20), this means that if your income earned between £100,000 and £125,000 then you will end-up paying tax at an effective rate of 60%.

Actions you could take before 5 April to reduce tax liabilities include: Consider personal pension contribution, gift aid donation, bringing forward capital expenditure, repay your employer for any private fuel, deferring bonuses until after 5 April, make tax free gift and utilise all available tax free allowance. If you need help for tax planning, please contact WeAccountants on 02072472387.

3. Submit the correct tax return and pay tax on time

Every year, millions of people are missing their self assessment deadline i.e. 31 January, they are faced with penalties and interest charges from HMRC. Also many people are facing fines because of their tax returns not being correct. So it is important to submit your tax returns by a qualified person, because sometimes lots of complex issues make tax returns filling more complicated. People who have filled their tax returns the same for many years without any issues, it does not mean they have been doing it correctly. HMRC has now increased random checking where tax payers have been getting it wrong, when filling their tax return. If anyone who awaits for HMRC to catch them, they have submitted their incorrect tax returns and have not payed tax on time, then they will face a higher penalty also an interest charge. Therefore tax returns must be filled correctly and pay tax on time.

4. Start your business with the right structure: Sole Trader vs. Limited Company

First of all, think about how you should start your business, because the structure of your business can have a significant impact on your tax bills. There are three available options, i.e. as a sole trader, partnership or limited company. Here I have mentioned some facts without going into details.

Sole Trader or Partnership: There is a legal issue which is unlimited liabilities on sole traders or partners. In term of tax, sole traders pay tax on all profit made by business whether or not he actually draws the profit. He will pay tax @20%, 40% & 45% plus NIC2 on flat rate and NIC4 @9% & 2% depending on individual marginal rate. There is not much opportunity for tax planning and not easy to transfer business to next generation. But sole trader has early year favourable loss relief opportunity, so if you make a loss or very low profit in an early year of a business, then it may be advisable to operate a sole trader or partnership.   

Limited Company: Company has limited liabilities on shareholders or directors. In term of tax, companies pay corporation tax @19%, may CT rates will continue to fall in the next few years. Shareholders or directors only pay tax when extracts profit from the company. If they did not withdraw the profit/dividend then there is no tax to pay. If they withdraw the profit as a dividend then no NIC to pay and dividend rate of tax @7.5%, 32.5% & 38.1%. Also limited companies has lots of opportunities for tax planning and profit extraction i.e., salary, dividend, other profit attraction’s and exit planning. It is easy to transfer businesses to the next generation than sole trader businesses. Transfer company’s shares over a number of years by using AE, so no CGT to pay. Please talk to us on 02072472387 about the best option for your business structure.

5. Make payment to personal pension and gift aid donations Details coming soon…….

6. Nominated principal residence (main home)

7. Transfer income producing assets to spouse or civil partner

8. Spreading the own company shares between you and your spouse or family member

9. Check your PAYE tax code

10. Let rooms in your own home

11. Pass on a let property to next generation

12. Employers’ pension contributions save NICs

13. Arrange for your company to buy your shares

14. Tax-efficient share scheme for employees

15. Tax- free benefit for employees

16. Transfer your company car into your own name and reduce your tax

17. Invest in a small trading company under EIS, SEIS & VCT

18. Gift early in life time rather then on death bed

19. Make a will and skip a generation

20. Don’t forget to party!

Details coming soon…….