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Self-employed tax twisters

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,…
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Landlords and tax – the basics

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…
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More time to file tax returns and pay tax due

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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Are you registered to use MTD for VAT?

Businesses are reminded to take steps to prepare for Making Tax Digital for Value Added Tax (VAT) before it becomes mandatory for all VAT-registered businesses from 1 April this year. Making Tax Digital is designed to help businesses eliminate common errors and save time managing their tax affairs. Making Tax Digital for VAT is part…
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