Employment of someone to work in your home

January 27th, 2022

Paying someone to act as your nanny, housekeeper or gardener may result in you being considered an employer. In turn, this may involve you needing to meet statutory employment rights and deducting any tax or National Insurance contributions from their wages. These obligations will not apply if: They are self-employed, or Paid through an agency. […]

Are you eligible for local authority grants?

January 25th, 2022

A reminder that business in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors in England may be due support funding from their local authority. Recently, local authorities were reminded by government that they needed to process grants quickly. Extracts from a letter sent to authorities is reproduced below: “As you will know, the spread of the Omicron […]

Self-employed tax twisters

January 19th, 2022

We are often asked why a self-employed person is paying so much tax when their drawings from their self-employed business are minimal. The reason for this is that sole traders and partners (individuals) pay tax on the profits they earn not on the amount of cash they withdraw from their business. For example, consider Sue, […]

Landlords and tax – the basics

January 18th, 2022

The following definitions set out how property income is calculated and taxed: Rental income – includes rents, amounts received to cover use of furniture, cleaning of communal areas, hot water, heating and repairs to property. Allowable expenses – any expense that you have laid out “wholly and exclusively” for the purposes of renting out a […]

More time to file tax returns and pay tax due

January 13th, 2022

HMRC is responding to the pressures we all feel as the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, makes normal life difficult once more. The offer by HMRC is generous. Basically, they have announced that taxpayers who have still not filed their self-assessment tax returns for 2020-21, will be granted an extra month to file online without triggering […]

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