IT consultant held contract for services

HMRC’s application of the IR35 rules remains ambiguous after an IT contractor successfully appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) against a tax charge arising under the intermediaries' legislation. In RALC Consulting Ltd v HMRC [2019] TC 07474, the FTT allowed an appeal against HMRC's determination that IR35 applied because [...]

dealing with finance costs correctly

The self-assessment deadline is looming. Self-assessment tax returns for the year to 5 April 2019 must be filed online by 31 January 2020 if a late filing penalty is to be avoided. Landlords will need to complete the property income pages. Particular care should be taken where the landlord has [...]

party time for small companies

Although there is no specific allowance for a Christmas party, or any other employer-provided social function, HMRC do allow limited tax relief against the cost of holding an ‘annual event’ for employees, providing certain conditions are met. Broadly, the cost of staff events is tax deductible for the business. Specifically, [...]

weighing up LLPs

A limited liability partnership (LLP) is similar to an ordinary partnership in that a number of people or limited companies join together and share the costs, risks, and responsibilities of the business. They also take a share of the profits and pay income tax and NICs on their share [...]

can we deduct entertaining expenses?

The tax rules on the deductibility of entertaining expenses are harsh and often misunderstood – the fact that the expenditure is incurred for businesses purposes does not make it deductible. Subject to certain limited exceptions, no deduction is allowed for business entertaining and gifts in calculating taxable profits. what counts [...]

HMRC scam – please be aware

We recently received a call from a concerned client who advised they had received a call from someone claiming to be from the HMRC Debt Recovery Team regarding some historic debt that was owed. They were threatened with all their assets being frozen and that extortionate legal fees which [...]

VAT refunds for DIY builders

If you build your own house or convert an existing property into a home, you may be eligible to apply for a VAT refund on building materials and services. You do not need to be VAT registered to claim a refund. what qualifies? Refunds can be claimed in respect of building [...]