Self Assessment

Self-assessment key dates

January 26, 2024

Failure to notify chargeability to tax, to file your self-assessment tax return or pay any tax due on time may result in penalties. Key dates to be aware of over the next year are outlined below. Note how penalties increase with the lateness of the return. 31 January 2024 Deadline for filing 2022/23 online returns

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Reporting profit for 2023 to 2024

November 30, 2023

The fiscal period spanning from 2023 to 2024 is referred to as the ‘transition year.’ When filing your Self Assessment tax return, it is necessary to declare profits earned from the day following your accounting year end in 2022 to 2023, up until April 5, 2024. Key points to consider: You will be reporting profits

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Squeeze value out of your losses

February 5, 2023

If your unincorporated business made a loss during the COVID pandemic in 2020/21 or in 2021/22, you will want to set off those losses against profits and receive a tax refund as soon as possible. Fortunately, the rules for pandemic losses allow you to do this. A trading loss from 2020/21 or 2021/22 can be carried

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Child benefit

February 5, 2023

In the UK, everyone is taxed as an individual, but social security benefits, including tax credits and Universal Credit, are awarded on the basis of the family’s total income. Child Benefit is clawed back based on the income of the higher earner in a couple. Irrespective of who receives it. Families with an unequal distribution

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Working at home

February 5, 2023

Where you are required to work at home, your employer can pay you a tax-free allowance of £6 per week (or £26 per month). This allowance is to cover the additional costs incurred by using your home as a workplace. Such as heat, light, metered water, insurance and broadband fees. If your employer doesn’t pay

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NIC thresholds change in July

June 26, 2022

NIC thresholds changes National Insurance Contributions (NIC) rates increased for everyone by 1.25 percentage points from 6 April 2022, but the thresholds from which employee NIC are payable are being raised significantly from 6 July 2022 (see table). This means that most employees will have more NIC deducted from their pay in April to June

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Change to ‘tax year’ basis

October 13, 2021

Change to ‘tax year’ basis   The Government is proposing to change the basis on which trading profits are subject to income tax for unincorporated businesses and members of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) from the “current year basis” to the “tax year basis”. If the proposal goes ahead from 6 April 2024 (and there is much

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Tax credit renewals

Tax credit renewals

October 13, 2021

Everyone who claims Working or Child-related Tax Credits should have received a Tax Credits renewal pack for the year 2021/22 from HMRC by now. If you haven’t received your renewal pack, please contact HMRC without delay on 0345 300 3900. Where your income has reduced permanently as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, check that your

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Furnished holiday lets

August 2, 2021

Landlords who let holiday accommodation have largely been left out of the covid-related business support. Where the property was registered for business rates, the owner qualified for some small local authority grants, but other landlords received nothing. Holiday letting businesses have also suffered from the various lock-downs that restricted travel across the country. This has

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Child benefit clawed back

Child benefit clawed back

July 28, 2021

Child Benefit is a universal benefit; Every family with a child under 16 (20 if the child is in approved education or training) is entitled to receive it. However, since 2013, Child Benefit has been clawed back from certain higher rate taxpayers by means of a tax charge. This tax charge applies where the higher

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