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ADVISORY FUEL RATE FOR COMPANY CARS

In line with recent reductions in fuel prices, HMRC have reduced their suggested reimbursement rates for employees' private mileage using their company car from 1 March 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets.
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Brexit – what now for businesses that trade with the EU?

There is still uncertainty around what Brexit will mean and planning for a “No Deal” scenario seems sensible right now. Businesses that buy and sell from the EU should have contingency plans in place which will need to be flexible to cope with a variety of possible outcomes.
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ISSUES TO CONSIDER BEFORE END OF THE TAX YEAR

DON’T LOSE YOUR PERSONAL ALLOWANCE For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £11,850 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%.
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TAX DIARY MARCH/APRIL

19/03 PAYE & NIC deductions, and CIS return and tax, for month to 5/03/19 (due 22/03 if you pay electronically)
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WELCOME CGT ENTREPRENEURS’ RELIEF CHANGE FOR SHAREHOLDERS

In the December 2018 newsletter we alerted you to important changes to CGT entrepreneurs’ relief included in the latest Finance Bill that could have the effect of denying the relief to certain employee shareholders. As the result of lobbying by the professional bodies the government have made a late change in the Finance Bill to the definition of “personal company” so that fewer shareholders will be denied the relief when they dispose of their shares.
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NO DEAL BREXIT - WHAT ABOUT VAT?

The Government and HMRC have updated its collection of high-level guides called “partnership packs”, intended to help businesses involved in importing and exporting prepare for changes to customs procedures after 29 March 2019 in the event of a “no deal” scenario.
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PASSING ON THE FAMILY HOME

New inheritance tax rules for passing on the family home started on 6 April 2017. This additional relief should be taken into consideration when drafting your Will and we can work with your solicitor to make sure your Will is tax efficient.
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ADVISORY FUEL RATE FOR COMPANY CARS

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees' private mileage using their company car from 1 December 2018. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets.
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ANNUAL INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE

Philip Hammond, recently announced in the Budget that significant changes were being made to the way UK businesses can obtain tax relief via Capital Allowances.
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ALLOWABLE EXPENSES

Staff Entertaining The cost of an annual function e.g. a Christmas party is an allowable expense for businesses as long as:
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A TIME FOR GIVING

Those thinking about making gifts at Christmas should take advantage of the various inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions and reliefs available to them. Note that certain gifts can also have capital gains tax (CGT) implications.
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