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How does being married affect Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

When a person gives/sells shares, investment properties etc. to a spouse, the transfer is deemed to be at a no gain/no loss value – so no CGT to pay. By transferring a half share of an investment property to your spouse prior to selling it, you can double the tax-free...

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Should I charge VAT on recharged expenses?

As a VAT registered IT consultant, I invoice an Agency for my time and I occasionally recharge expenses for travel and accommodation. My Agency refuses to pay the VAT on these recharged expenses – saying they are a ‘disbursement’ and VAT shouldn’t be applied. I’m out...

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What is s.455 tax on overdrawn Director’s Loan accounts?

This tax is the result of an overdrawn Director’s Loan Account (DLA).  Here is a brief explanation of how they can arise; the implications, and what to do. An overdrawn Director’s Loan Account (DLA) can often arise accidentally when a Director/shareholder takes money...

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Starting a business checklist – 20 things to consider

When starting a business there are a lot of things to think about and a checklist can be useful. The checklist below is not exhaustive but it does include tasks that are sometimes overlooked by people starting out in business.  It is always worth talking to an...

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Do I need to pay tax on rental income?

If you have net rental income on which you'll have tax to pay, (rent minus expenses) then you must register for a Self- Assessment tax return and keep a record of your rental income and ‘allowable’ expenses (you can find out what they are here...

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How to complete a VAT return

Whether you are on the standard or the cash accounting scheme this is how you should complete your VAT return.  The only difference is that with the standard scheme you will include all transactions as at their...

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VAT reverse charge for building and construction services

On 1st March 2021, the VAT reverse charge for building and construction services came into effect for VAT registered businesses in the Construction Industry Scheme. In a nutshell, from 1st March 2021, the reverse charge means that a subcontractor in the CIS scheme...

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