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Rent-a-room relief to be modified

11/07/2018

The publication of the draft Finance Bill 2018-19 includes legislation to change the way the rent-a-room relief scheme works. Following last year's Budget, a consultation was launched by HM Treasury to examine the design of the rent-a-room scheme. When the relief was first launched it was intended to be used where one bedroom in a house...

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Beneficiaries of tax exempt pension benefits to be extended

11/07/2018

The draft Finance Bill includes a new measure that will help modernise the tax treatment of employer paid premiums for the provision of death in service life assurance products for their employees. Currently, these premiums are only tax-exempt if the named beneficiary is a member of the employee’s family, or a member of their...

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Rules for use of taxable cars and vans to be updated

11/07/2018

The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft clauses include new measures that will address two anomalies in the Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) rules. These measures will: ensure that when a taxable car or van is provided through OpRA, the amount foregone, which is taken into account in working out the amount reportable for tax and...

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Draft clauses for forthcoming Autumn Budget are published

11/07/2018

The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation was published on 6 July 2018. The Bill which runs to 226 pages (with a further 143 pages of explanatory notes) contains the legislation for many of the tax measures that had previously been announced by the government as well as new initiatives. The publication of the draft Finance Bill is in...

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Change to evidence required for employee expenses

11/07/2018

A new measure to remove the requirement for employers to check receipts for expense claims made by employees using the HMRC benchmark scale rates or overseas scale rates is to be introduced. The benchmark scale rates can be used by employers to reimburse staff for subsistence expenses when they are travelling on business away from their...

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Non-UK resident property companies to be charged Corporation Tax

11/07/2018

The government is to move forward with plans to charge Corporation Tax to non-UK resident companies with property income. Currently, these companies are chargeable to Income Tax and not UK Corporation Tax. This change is part of the government's aim to ensure that all companies are subject to the same tax treatment and to limit some of...

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Technical change to Entrepreneurs’ Relief

11/07/2018

Entrepreneurs' Relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where Entrepreneurs' Relief is available CGT of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. There are a number of qualifying conditions that must be met in order to qualify for the relief. One of...

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EU Settlement Scheme

09/07/2018

The government’s response to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report on the delivery of Brexit, published in May 2018, committed to providing further details about the proposed EU Settlement Scheme in the next few weeks. The scheme is the new settled status scheme for EU nationals who are resident in the UK before 31 December 2020. The...

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Spousal tax reliefs for unmarried couples?

04/07/2018

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has decided that the law preventing opposite sex couples from entering into a civil partnership breaches the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The appellants in this long running case are an opposite sex couple with a conscientious objection to marriage. The crux of this case centred...

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What is Business Asset Rollover Relief?

04/07/2018

Business Asset Rollover Relief allows taxpayers to delay paying Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on gains when they sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the CGT due on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over into the cost of...

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