Posts Tagged ‘Tax’

Top 1.5 per cent of earners to pay £20bn more in income tax

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Chancellor

Half of all additional income tax collected by the Government by 2021 will be paid by the top 1.5 per cent of earners as hundreds of thousands of people are dragged into paying the top rate, figures have shown. Just 469,000 people earning more than £150,000 a year will account for almost £20 billion of additional income tax paid to the Treasury, a record high according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

Senior Conservative MPs on the Treasury select committee called on Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to look again at the tax system in the wake of the figures and warned that the burden should be spread more widely. The number of people paying the additional 45 percent rate has increased from 0.75 percent in 2010 to 1.1 percent today and will rise further to 1.5 per cent in 2021 as a result of the threshold being frozen by successive Chancellors. More people will pay no tax at all on their income in 2021 than those who pay the top rate, OBR analysis has shown. But there are fears that additional rate taxpayers may choose to move their money into incorporated companies instead, in order to avoid higher tax bills.The OBR estimates the Government may lose more than £3 billion in tax it expects to bring in from those earning more than £150,000 a year because of such a  shift.


“Not enough time” to implement MTD by 2018, says Tyrie

Thursday, January 12th, 2017


ANDREW TYRIE has suggested there will not be enough time to implement Making Tax Digital (MTD) by April 2018.

In correspondence between Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury committee and Jane Ellison, financial secretary to the treasury, the government’s response for MTD consultations were discussed, with Tyrie outlining a lack of time to implement the controversial tax reporting regime by the planned date. Mr Tyrie said of the correspondence: “It is welcome that the government has decided not to rush its response to HMRC’s consultation. But this may mean that there is insufficient time for adequate consultation to take place on the draft clauses, once published.”

Page 41 of the Autumn Statement document states: “In January 2017, the government will publish its response to the Making Tax Digital consultations and provisions to implement the previously announced changes.”


Inheritance tax payments reach record high: how to protect yourself

Sunday, January 8th, 2017


The amount of the money the UK government has received from inheritance tax (IHT) has reached £4.7 billion for the year ending 31 October. This is up 11.9 per cent from a total of £4.2 billion in the year ending 31 October 2015.

According to Wilsons, a law firm that specialises in private client law (among others), more and more people’s estates are leaving the tax free threshold behind due to the inflation in house prices, along with a freeze on the threshold level itself.

Essentially, owners of modest homes have found themselves being grouped with the rich.


Inheritance tax shocker: Some families will pay 80pc

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Sky high: this seven-storey Georgian house is £14 million with Harrods Estates

Despite Government claims that family homes will be passed on free of inheritance tax from April, some children and grandchildren will find they are left with an 80pc tax bill. Former Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the new “residence nil rate band” which is given in addition to the usual inheritance tax allowance of £325,000 per person. From April 2017 each person will have an extra £100,000 allowance to add to the £325,000. This is set to gradually rise until the residence allowance reaches £175,000 in 2020/21, giving a total IHT-free limit of £1m for a couple.


Private contractor Concentrix to lose HMRC tax credit contract six months early

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016


Staff will not be losing their jobs

The private contractor accused of incorrectly stopping the tax credits of thousands of low income families will lose its contract six months early, staff at the firm have been told.

HMRC had already announced that Concentrix’s contract would not be renewed when it expired in 2017 – after a spate of stories that suggesting the tax authority and its contractor had stopped tax credits on the basis of “flimsy” evidence.

A staff bulletin said discussions were continuing about the remaining period of the contract, adding that Belfast-based staff will automatically transfer to HMRC.


Hard Brexit could cost the UK £10bn in lost taxes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


UK banks fear they may lose passporting, or the ability to do business with the whole of the EU in the event of a ‘hard Brexit’ Chancellor Philip Hammond is to present his first budget statement in November, setting out how the government will use tax and spending plans to shore up the UK economy after the vote to leave the EU Getty. A so called “hard Brexit” deal, which would see the UK drifting away from cooperation with the rest of the EU, could cost the UK billions in lost taxes, treasury officials have privately warned. The hardline approach to UK’s vote to leave the EU – favoured by some leading Conservative Eurosceptic ministers – includes leaving the European single market and ending free movement.


The deadline to register for Self-Assessment Tax Returns is looming – here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Looking to file a Self-Assessment Tax Return for the first time? You’ve only got a few weeks left to register

If you’ve recently become self-employed, or you received any additional income during the previous tax year, you’ll be expected to file a self-assessment tax return.

In order to do this, you’ll need to register for self-assessment with HMRC – and the deadline for this is looming.

Here’s all you need to know about registering for self-assessment tax returns.


What Brexit means for accounting, employment and taxation law

Friday, August 19th, 2016

eu flag  brexit

WITH new UK prime minister Theresa May apparently determined to fulfill the wishes of the Brexit referendum result backing Britain leaving the European Union, what EU accounting and taxation laws will ultimately remain on the British statute? The PM has made it clear she recognises that a key force behind the ‘leave’ vote was a dislike of unrestricted EU immigration into Britain, and should she satisfy that demand, the prospect of the UK becoming a non-EU member of the European Economic Area (EEA) will become most unlikely.

Non-EU EEA states such as Norway and Iceland have to accept EU immigration (with some recourse to emergency controls in cases of social unrest) in return for admission to the EU single market for industrial goods and services, which of course includes accountancy. No such admission to the EU single market for services exists for Switzerland, which retains strong links with the EU, but which is also mulling EU immigration controls. So single market laws laying down rules on accounting, bookkeeping and company formation may not apply in Britain, assuming it will quit the EU, which could well happen within 2019 under the EU’s article 50 schedule for departing member states.


Jane Ellison takes over from Gauke as ‘tax minister’

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

HMRC banknotes

A new ‘minister for tax’ has been appointed following the government reshuffle by new prime minister Theresa May. Jane Ellison, Conservative  MP for Battersea, has been named financial secretary to the Treasury – under which tax policy is likely to come under her remit. Ellison has served as public health minister for the past three years. She takes on the Treasury-based remit from David Gauke, following a successful term in which he has been well-received by the tax profession for his efforts. He steps up to chief secretary to the Treasury, a role that will see him support new chancellor Philip Hammond.


Calls to end inheritance tax grow as it snatches £4.7bn

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

HMRC letter / couple going through documents

PRESSURE for inheritance tax to be abolished have been increased after new figures revealed that the tax man took an extra 20 per cent in profits from death last year.

According to HMRC £4.7 billion was collected in 2015/16 up from £3.8 the year before, the biggest rise in the last five years.  According to the figures the amount collected has risen almost £2 billion since 2011 the first full years the Tories were in power despite modest reforms to the collection regime.  And with early signs that the decision to leave the EU is going to create an economic and property boom, concerns have been raised that more people will be dragged into paying the iniquitous tax despite Government changes to the threshold. The Daily Express has been running a crusade to end inheritance tax and allow people to pass on their hard earned savings to their children.  According to investment specialists Hargreaves Lansdown the booming housing market is likely to have increased the percentage of property as an overall proportion of each estate, particularly in London and the south east but also in large parts of the north of England and Midlands.  The company -which provides advice on legally avoiding inheritance tax – has pointed out that in 2012/13 17,917 estates paid an average £175,000 of inheritance tax while 3.1 per cent of all deaths pay ended up being dragged into the levy.