Good sense prevails in PPR claim!

From time to time, HMRC has sought to apply tax legislation and their own guidance in an extremely literal and non-commonsensical way. This…

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Year-end Tax Planning – 5 April 2018

With the end of the 2017/18 tax year a little over a week away, the period leading up to 5 April…

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The dark side of ISAs

Individual savings accounts (ISAs) are well known as a highly tax efficient savings wrapper. In 2017/2018 tax payers can invest up…

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IHT efficient share investment

Business property relief on shares in unquoted trading companies Most people will be aware that shares in an unquoted trading company…

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Tax-efficient university fees

The issue University fees and living costs can come to £20,000 per annum. As students are generally too busy working hard…

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Dodgy excuses and expense claims

Excuses Every year, following the 31 January self-assessment (SA) deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives a number of interesting excuses…

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Pension planning where the high income restriction bites

The general rule for pension contributions is that each individual is entitled to an annual allowance of £40,000.  Pension contributions of…

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Watch out for long warranty periods in deals!

The issue Nearly all business sales will include warranties. A warranty broadly means that a seller states that something is or…

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Deathbed tax planning from HMRC!

GAAR HMRC’s guidance on the tax general anti-abuse rules (‘GAAR’) makes interesting reading because they kindly set out certain juicy bits…

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Bank customer reward…not as rewarding as you may think!

Many of you will have a current account that rewards you with a monthly payment for paying in a certain amount…

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