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Marriage Allowance Question

Q. I work part time and don’t earn enough to pay tax, but my husband earns £35,000 a year from his full time job. I have been told that I can transfer some of my personal allowances to my husband so he can save some income tax. Is this true? A.Claiming the marriage allowance can save[…] Read more »

Inheritance Tax Question

Q. I am thinking of transferring ownership of a rental property to my daughter to help reduce the value of my estate for inheritance tax (IHT) planning purpose. There will be no cash consideration given. What value is used for the gift and what are the CGT implications? A. For CGT purposes, you are deemed to transfer[…] Read more »

Congratulations STS!

We dropped in to see Seb & Tina of STS Wheel Alignment Centre & Mechanical Repairs Ltd with champagne and flowers to congratulate them in 30 years in business.

Save Tax before 5th April 2020

Now is a good time to start planning your tax affairs before the end of the tax year on 5th April. An obvious tax planning point would be to maximise your ISA allowances for the 2019/20 tax year (currently £20,000 each). You might also want to consider increasing your pension savings before 5 April 2020[…] Read more »

Sharing the love on Valentines Day…

Don’t be late in paying your personal tax bill

Individual’s 2018/19 income tax, CGT, class 2 and 4 NIC liabilities should have been paid by 31 January 2020. Note that if the balance is still unpaid at the end of February 2020 a 5% surcharge penalty is added in addition to the normal interest charge unless a time to pay arrangement has been agreed[…] Read more »

Finance Bill should now proceed

Now that the General Election is out of the way, the tax changes in the draft Finance Bill scheduled to take effect from April 2020 are now more likely to go ahead. The key tax measures “in limbo” until legislated in Finance Act 2020 are: – Extending the “off-payroll” working rules to the private sector[…] Read more »

Tax Scam Warning!

The deadline for the Self Assessment Tax Return, 31 January, is fast approaching, which also means that the number of HMRC related scams tends to surge at this time of year. HMRC states it received 900,000 reports of attempted fraud in the 2018/2019 tax year, a staggering figure given that most people don’t bother to[…] Read more »

Happy New Year from Cowley Holmes

When can you recover VAT on entertaining costs?

The recovery of VAT on most business entertainment is blocked but there are some instances when you can get it back. When is this the case, and how can you trigger the rules in your favour to enable recovery? Business entertainment The recovery of VAT on business entertainment is normally blocked by the legislation, but[…] Read more »


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