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Can you change a will after death?


May 2nd, 2019

On the face of it, this sounds implausible. How can you change your will if you have died? In reality, as long as any beneficiaries left worse off after any change, agree, you can change a person’s will after their death. Any change must be completed within two years of the death. The circumstances that […]


Expenses you can set-off against rental income


May 2nd, 2019

The expenses you claim against your property income will need to follow the usual HMRC ruling that the costs must be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of renting out the property. An example set out on the Gov.uk website illustrates the point: If you buy a new vacuum cleaner for your own home, […]


Do you manage your own VAT returns?


May 2nd, 2019

Unless you opt to register, or use, one of the available VAT special schemes, you are likely paying VAT to HMRC once a quarter based on the difference between the VAT added to your sales invoices less any VAT included in business purchases and expenses (including certain acquisitions of assets). There is a problem with […]


Who inherits if you die without a will?


May 1st, 2019

If you die without stating your wishes, the law will determine how your assets are distributed amongst your family. The rules that govern the process are set out in the intestacy rules. And there are regional differences. Consider a parent whose personal assets amount to more than £1m. In England and Wales The husband, wife […]


Employing family, younger persons or volunteers


April 25th, 2019

The following notes set out some of the factors you will need to consider if you are considering employing members of your family, younger workers or volunteers in your business. If you hire family members you must: avoid special treatment in terms of pay, promotion and working conditions make sure tax and National Insurance contributions […]


Investing in new equipment?


April 23rd, 2019

For most of us in business the recent, and continuing, Brexit fiasco has meant that making meaningful investment decisions has proved to be problematic. What will our future trading relationship with Europe look like and how will that affect our own trading results? And yet in the UK we have an extremely generous tax allowance, […]


When do you pay capital gains tax?


April 18th, 2019

If you personally disposed of an asset that is subject to a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, at any time during the tax year ending 5 April 2019, any CGT due will need to be paid 31 January 2020. Accordingly, if you know the amount of the taxable gain, and the amount of CGT payable, […]


What is a Debt Relief Order?


April 16th, 2019

The first Debt Relief Order (DRO) was approved 10 years ago in April 2009 with the aim of assisting people with small levels of assets and little surplus income deal with their debts*. Since then, the Insolvency Service has approved more than 254,000 DROs to people with debts worth an average of £9,400. People apply […]


Green light for pension dashboards


April 12th, 2019

The government has given the green light to allow pension providers to create user-friendly services that display pension information for individuals on-line. Savers will be in the driving seat with all the facts and figures about their pensions and potential retirement income at their fingertips in one place for the first time – on smartphones, […]


Can\’t pay your tax?


April 12th, 2019

A reminder that HMRC may consider extended options for settling your outstanding tax bill. The key is to contact HMRC, explain why you can’t pay on time, and discuss how you can settle any outstanding liabilities. If you can’t pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this service, not […]


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