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Commercial Debt management on late payment or non-payment of commercial debts can be managed by using the law effectively. The late payment of commercial debts (interest) act 1998 can be used to compensate creditors for late payment as well as deter debtors from late payment.
It is exclusively for the supply of goods and services where the creditor, in its T&C, has not made provision for interest. The act allows the creditor to claim for interest, compensation and reasonable costs.
As part of your commercial debt management process if your client hasn’t paid on time you can make a claim provided
|Up to £999.99||£40/invoice|
|£1,000 – £9,999.99||£70/invoice|
|£10,000 and above||£100/invoice|
The above compensation is intended to cover the costs of recovering the debt. If the costs are more, you can claim for what hasn’t been covered above. E.g costs of employing a commercial debt recovery agent.
When allowing credit to your clients it’s a good idea to credit check them and their companies. It’s also a good idea to let your creditors know that you know the regulations and how to use. This can be a powerful deterrent.
If you already have terms that include interest on late payment than these terms will prevail until you change your term of business. You should issue your clients with the updated terms. You should be able to prove when each client has been informed of the change in terms.
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If you operate your business as a sole trader, Directors loan account isn’t something you need to worry about. If you are a limited company director and shareholder then a directors loan account can be a bit of a headache. That’s because a limited company is a separate legal entity. This means you can lend it money and borrow from it, albeit HMRC would prefer you don’t borrow. The following government link gives more details. Below is a summary of the main points
If you have lent money to the company you can withdraw the entire amount without any tax implications. If you owe the company money there may be tax implications for both the director and the company
An overdrawn director’s loan account is effectively an interest free loan made to directors. The company must show all overdrawn accounts in its accounts and tax return.
Your company and personal responsibilities are as follows:
Overall, the key is to keep timely, accurate records and to keep the transactions relating to each of the directors separate. Poor record keeping could result in misallocation of expenses/payments. As well the incorrect amount of tax being paid. The company must disclose the amount of all director’s loan account, with the largest balance being stated. Ensuring that a balance that starts below and above £10,000 are stated.
Proper record keeping ensures that interested parties and lenders can see how responsible company directors are being. We advise all our clients to use a cloud based accounting system with a number of add-ons that allow you to keep an electronic copy of paperwork relating to transactions.
The best way to deal with a director’s loan account will depend on the numbers. In this case the tax and cash flow implication to the company and individual director. Contact us to see how we can mitigate your tax and improve your cash flow.
Flat rate VAT scheme changes came into effect on the 1st April 2017. HMRC have now completed their consultation phase. Below are what the changes may mean for you and the type of business affected.
For eligible businesses, the Flat Rate VAT Scheme is a simplified method to work out their VAT liability by applying a fixed percentage. Under the flat rate VAT scheme method, any VAT reclaimable is restricted. If you are an I.T. contractor your VAT liability is calculated by multiplying your turnover by 14.5% e.g. total sales including VAT £12,000 x 14.5% = £1740.
The restriction does not include the purchase of capital goods such as new equipment, food and drink, and vehicles, parts of vehicles or other capital equipment greater than £2000.
The standard rated method involves calculating the VAT liability based on VAT charged on sales less VAT incurred on purchases. E.g. you have sales of £12,000 including VAT and you have paid £6,000 including Vat in expenses. Your Vat liability will be £2,000 less £1,000 = £1,000.
The flat rate VAT scheme was essentially a great perk for those businesses that had a very small amount of purchases and input VAT.
Those businesses with a very low-cost base will be affected most by the Flat rate VAT scheme changes. These businesses are classified as “Limited cost traders” if either of the following applies.
HMRC do not recognise the following as goods
The flat rate VAT scheme changes mean all “limited cost traders” now have to apply a rate of 16.5% to calculate their VAT payable. Previously the % used to calculate your VAT payable would depend on the nature of your business. E.g. I.T. contractors would apply 14.5% to calculate their VAT payable. You still get 1% off the 16.5% in your first year of being part of the flat rate scheme.
HMRC have a tool that you can use to work out how the flat rate Vat scheme changes affect your business YOU CAN FIND IT HERE
The flat rate VAT scheme changes increase the VAT bill of labour-intensive businesses that spend little on goods.
Examples of the kind of businesses that are likely affected are IT contractors, consultants and construction workers. These businesses tend to supply their labour but are not responsible for purchasing the raw materials.
Legislation was published on 23 November 2016. To prevent businesses from issuing invoices or receiving payments prior to 1 April 2017 for services provided post 1 April. Effectively, any such supply will be deemed to have taken place on 1 April 2017 and therefore subject (if applicable) to the new flat rate VAT scheme percentage of 16.5%.
You only have the choice to do this if you are below the VAT threshold. If your turnover is above the threshold then consider the additional costs of having to keep proper VAT records. Is the additional cost more than the 2% increase in VAT payable due to the flat rate VAT scheme changes?
The choice on whether to remain on the Flat Rate Scheme or move to a Standard VAT Scheme will be unique to each individual business circumstances depending on their capital expenditure. We recommend speaking to your accountant before making a decision.
Finance Equation Ltd are award winning Chartered Certified Accountants. Contact us via email or call 020 3086 7472 to see how we can make a difference to your business.
Changes to Dividend tax came into effect on the 6th April 2016 and again on the 6th April 2018. The effect is those paying themselves dividends and a small salary are likely to have to pay more tax. Payable via their self-assessment as well as have to make payments on account.
From 6th April 2016, you can pay yourself a tax-free dividend of £5,000 anything above this amount you will pay additional tax. If you are a 20% tax payer you will pay an additional 7.5% tax on your dividends above £5,000. Below is a worked example of someone who pays themselves a minimum salary and a dividend up to the 20% tax band.
|2016-17 onwards||£||£ tax payable|
|Dividend (within Personal Allowance||2,940||0|
|Dividends within Dividend Allowance||5,000||0|
|Dividend at basic rate band||27,000||2,025|
The above illustrates that the 6th April 2016 changes to dividend tax mean an additional tax payment of £2,025 at the lower rate tax band. This tax will be payable via the self-assessment route. From 6th April 2018, there are further changes to dividend tax. The dividend tax-free allowance is reduced to £2,000 from £5,000. Resulting in an extra £225 in tax payable.
If you have to pay more than £1,000 in tax each year you will have to make payments on account. This means that you pay 50% of next years tax in advance. In the illustration above the tax due for 2006-17 is £2,025 and payable by 31st January 2018. Assuming that you have not made payments on account for 2015-16, your payments to HMRC will be:-
Tax for 2016-17 £2,025
Plus 50% in advance (£2,025 x 50%) £1,012.50
Payable by 31st January 2018 £3,037.50
50% payable on 31st July 2018 £1,012.50
In effect, you are paying £2,025 for your 2017-18 tax bill in advance. HMRC makes adjustments once your 2017-18 return is submitted.
Although you pay more tax on dividends it’s still better than being employed as you don’t have to pay any national insurance on dividends. These tax changes potentially impact all company shareholders.
Finance Equation Ltd are award winning Chartered Certified Accountants. Contact us via email or call 020 3086 7472 to see how we can make a difference to your business.
If you receive an e mail or text message “from HMRC” informing you about “a tax refund notification” ….or indeed anything else, it’s a scam pure and simple. DO NOT RESPOND! I have had a number of client’s call me about emails they think are from HMRC regarding refunds. I even had a client tell me he received a call from HMRC saying they were taking him to court. When we checked the phone number he was asked to call it had nothing to do with HMRC or any of their debt recovery agents. If you type a number into google you get a lot of information about the owners of that number. The following government LINK looks at ways to protect yourself
HMRC NEVER send e mails or text messages about tax refunds. They will always write to you in the first instance. The HMRC debt recovery department may call you if you owe HMRC money and haven’t paid for some time. Even the debt recovery department will write to you in the first instance. Always make sure you are certain who you are talking to before you disclose any information on the phone or via email. If you have any doubts then don’t share your personal information.
1) Distract you so that your guard is lowered
2) Steal as much information about you including:
Professional fraudsters are:
Don’t be their next victim. Don’t respond to email tax refund notification report them!
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The following government website gives you an introduction and links to self-assessment videos. Here is the Link. Keeping records of your income and expenses is always a good place to start with self-assessment.
If you are a company director, self-employed or earn income in addition to having a job you will have to complete a self-assessment tax return. This can be daunting and complex depending on the type and variety of income you earn. Knowing what you can claim as an expense. How much dividends to take and where to show them on your return. Working out your capital gains on property sales. This can all be very stressful and time consuming, leading to mistakes and late filing penalties.
Let our team of tax return accountants take away the stress for you. Our tax experts will make sure that you claim all your allowances to pay the least amount of tax possible. We make sure your tax return is delivered on time so you don’t pay any penalties. We save you time and money so you can spend time on what you do best in your business.
All you need to do is send us the completed checklist and supporting paperwork and we do the rest for you. We can even deal with HMRC on your behalf which means that you don’t have to worry about things.
Sharing your tax information as quickly as possible will allow us to give you tax planning advice. But if you have left things to the last Minute we definitely can help you.
Contact us to see how are our tax return accountant service can make your life stress free and easy. Our self-assessment tax return accountant service starts from just £125 + VAT. Contact us for a
Residential buy-to-let are VAT exempt. Which means VAT can’t be charged on rents. It also means that VAT can’t be reclaimed on expenses, repair costs, agents fee’s etc. The assumption therefore is that residential landlords can ignore VAT. But this isn’t always the case.
If a landlord owns another business which is VAT registered they must take rental income into account when completing VAT returns.
David owns a retail business and sells on Ebay. He also own a residential buy-to-let property which he rents out. David is VAT registered. In quarter 2 he decorated the residential property for £5,000 + £1,000 VAT. No other VAT was paid on the residential buy-to-let in quarter 2. In the same quarter his purchases for the retail business were £35,000 + £7,000 VAT. David must show both VAT payments in his VAT return.
The general rule prevents David from recovering the £1,000 VAT on the redecorating costs. However as he has a VAT registered business he is regarded as making a partially exempt supply on rents. VAT on expenses relating to rents can now be reclaimed. Provided that in the return period VAT on rent expenses doesn’t exceed.
Therefore David can reclaim the entire £1,000 VAT paid on decorating costs. This is because on average it is only £333 per month and less than 50% of the VAT on total purchases. ((£7,000 + £1,000) x 50% = £4,000).
Even if the above limits are breached for a single VAT period there is a second point of VAT recovery. You must review the calculation for tax as a whole. This annual review of calculation gives you a chance to apply the above rules again. Therefore again giving the possibility of VAT recovery.
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A family investment company and tax planning go hand in hand. Years ago trusts were a tax efficient way to deal with Inheritance tax. Changes in trust tax law means trusts may no longer be a preferred vehicle. Since 2006 most trust property is listed as “relevant property”. What are the tax implications of these changes?
You can get further information on trusts from the following link on the government website.
A family investment company (FIC) is a corporate structure. FIC’s are designed for immediate family members considering succession planning and wealth preservation. They are designed to work in a similar way to a discretionary trust. family investment companies are all different. As each is tailored to the specific needs of the family.
Each FIC has a memorandum of association and shareholders agreement. In addition they can also have a family constitution. These documents provide family governance procedures.
Finance Equation Ltd work with specialist lawyers to help structure your family investment company to your best advantage. Contact us for more information.
Being tenants in common with joint property ownership could save you tax. It will save tax if one partner has no income or is not fully using their 20% tax threshold. HMRC have special rules for married couples and those in civil partnerships. So if you own a property in single name you can make a transfer to your partner without incurring any type of tax liabilities. The Income tax Act 2007 s836 allows married couples and civil partners who are living together to have their income taxed on joint property in equal shares. So if you have bought property in joint names and done nothing else s836 applies to you automatically. Unfortunately s836 does not apply if income is from a furnished holiday let.
The above situation describes what is known as joint tenants. There are some interesting features to being a joint tenant.
You can agree to allocate income in an unequal way. If you do this then you are called tenants in common. There are other things to consider than tax. Some things to note about tenants in common.
You can become a tenant in common by informing HMRC using form 17. In this form you should tell HMRC in what shares you intend to take profits. You also have to send documents that evidence your agreement to share profits unequally and this is normally done via a deed of trust.
Partner 1 earns £40,000 and partner 2 earns £6,000 part time. Profits from property are £15,000.
In this situation it doesn’t benefit the couple to split profits equally as it will take partner 1 into the 40% tax bracket. Partner 1 should only receive profits of £3,000 so that they remain in the 20% tax band the rest should go to partner 2. So the profit share should be partner 1 – 20% and partner 2 – 80%. This new profit split will save the couple £1,800 income tax.
This article is meant ONLY for those married or in a civil partnership.
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