Merranti Accounting Blog

Tax-free rent

January 4, 2022

Tax-free rent When you let rooms in your own home as residential accommodation, you can receive the rent tax-free if it falls within the limits for rent-a-room relief. This relief is currently capped at rents of £7,500 per year. Where more than one person receives the rent from the property, each person has a tax-free

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Don’t miss tax deadlines

December 7, 2021

Don’t miss tax deadlines If you miss the deadline for filing your self-assessment tax return (31 January for online filing) you will be charged a £100 penalty. If the return is filed more than three months late, an additional £10 per day is charged and, after six months, another penalty is incurred (the higher of

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Working from home

Working at home allowance

December 7, 2021

Working at home allowance   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.

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Excited about electrics

December 7, 2021

Excited about electrics The taxable benefit for having the private use of an electric company car is currently just 1% of list price. From 6 April 2022 the taxable benefit will rise to 2% of list price; it will then be fixed at that level until April 2025. However, even at 2% of list price,

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Reducing CGT bills

December 7, 2021

Reducing CGT bills Everyone has an annual exemption for capital gains tax (CGT) of £12,300 for 2021/22. This is wasted if you don’t make capital gains in the tax year. You can’t carry forward any unused exemption to a different tax year or transfer the exemption to another person. If you are planning to dispose

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A family view

December 7, 2021

A family view 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

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Give and save

December 7, 2021

Give and save   Giving to charity under Gift Aid can result in a lower tax bill for the donor. Making a Gift Aid donation will reduce your tax bill for the year in which the donation is made if your total income is above the 40% threshold (£50,270 for 2021/22). Taxpayers resident in Scotland

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R&D tax breaks

December 7, 2021

R&D tax breaks Companies that invent new production methods or products can claim enhanced tax relief for the Research and Development (R&D) costs. Small and medium-sized companies can claim 230% of qualifying R&D costs and a 14.5% payable tax credit if this extra deduction results in a loss! This is a very attractive relief and

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Selling your business

December 7, 2021

Selling your business If you are wondering whether, or when, you should dispose of your business,  a sensible first step is to form an outline plan. The sale of a successful trading company will generate a capital gain. This would normally be taxed at 20% after deduction of your annual exemption (£12,300 for 2021/22). Business

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Tax break on savings

December 7, 2021

Tax breaks on savings You can save for retirement in a number of ways. The traditional route is via a pension scheme, but you could also use an ISA. Savers aged under 40 can open a Lifetime ISA (LISA) and contribute up to £4,000 per year, which attracts a 25% bonus from the Government. This

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