Draft legislation published for Finance Bill 2020-21

The government has published the draft legislation for Finance Bill 2020-21, along with accompanying explanatory notes, tax information and impact notes. The consultation on draft clauses is intended to make sure that the legislation works as

Who pays Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is levied on a person’s estate when they die and can also be payable during a person’s lifetime on certain trusts and gifts. The rate of Inheritance Tax payable is 40% on death and 20% on lifetime gifts. IHT is

Local authorities to receive £500m additional support

The government has confirmed allocations for individual councils in England from the £500 million of additional support for Coronavirus-related spending pressures. This further injection sees a total of £4.3 billion in direct funding to

Review of CGT on the cards?

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has written to the OTS (Office of Tax Simplification), asking the OTS to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. In

Students working summer jobs

We would like to remind students that work part time, for example in a summer job, that they are entitled to claim back any tax overpaid. Students (and other temporary workers) are not required to pay any Income Tax if their earnings are below the

Making Tax Digital next steps

HM Treasury has confirmed the extension of Making Tax Digital (MTD) to cover businesses with a turnover below the VAT threshold and for certain individuals who file Income Tax Self-Assessment tax returns. This announcement provides much-needed

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme to help encourage the struggling restaurant sector was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update earlier this month. The scheme is designed to help restaurants recover from the effects of the

Theatres can reopen from 1 August 2020

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the gradual reopening of indoor theatres and other live performance venues from 1 August 2020. The venues will need to follow strict social distancing measures and perform to a limited audience.

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Final reminder to renew tax credit awards

Friday 31 July 2020 is the deadline day for families and individuals that receive tax credits to tell HMRC about any changes to their financial circumstances. As in previous years, there is likely to be a huge last-minute rush and it may be difficult

HMRC reminder that you can defer tax

HMRC has issued a press release to remind Self-Assessment taxpayers of the opportunity to defer Income Tax payments due on 31 July 2020. This opportunity is available to taxpayers due to make their second payment on account for the 2019-20 tax year