What does the UK Budget announcements mean for you and your business?

Rishi Sunak has set out the UK Government’s plans for recovery. The Chancellor has promised to do “whatever it takes” to help the UK’s pandemic-damaged economy. HB Accountants are here to help you #BeInformed and our budget summary gives to you overview of the key announcements arising for the Chancellor’s speech.

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Tax-Saving Strategies to Implement before 5 April Year End

Businesses and Individuals should always plan ahead to minimise their tax bill – with the end of the 2020/21 tax year fast approaching, this year more than ever (with the Covid19 pandemic impacting on not only our mental health but our financial health too), begs the question, have you thought about what strategies you can implement into your financial plan to ensure it is as tax-efficient as possible?

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The Government have extended the £1 million AIA tax break to stimulate investment in UK manufacturing – are you making use of your annual investment allowance?

Does you business deal with Plant & Machinery? If yes are you making use of your annual investment allowance?

If your business deals with plant and machinery, you might be entitled to use your Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). You could claim up to 100% tax relief on any qualifying plant and machinery assets in the first year of purchase, that are bought outright – not leased. The criteria for these assets are quite rigorous, and exclude cars, but it’s worthwhile checking with your accountant to see if your business qualifies.

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No late filing penalty if your tax return is filed online by 28 February 2021

HMRC to waive self assessment penalties for one month – HMRC Chief Executive Jim Harra has announced today that If you do not manage to file your Self Assessment tax return online by 31 January you will NOT receive a penalty as long a you file your tax return online by 28 February.

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Directors – do you know the most tax efficient way to pay yourself?

As a director of a limited company, you are probably keen to know the most tax efficient way to take money from the company personally. This is usually by taking a combination of salary and dividends from the limited company. The salary is paid in the same way you’d pay a regular employee and needs to be reported via the HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI) rules.

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Have you been required to work from home, even for one day since 6 April 2020? Then you may be entitled to claim for expenses for the whole of the 2020-21 tax year

You have always been able as an employee to claim expenses for working from home if your employer requires you to work at home. This has become much more relevant during the 2020/21 tax year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HMRC has confirmed that claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures, if their usual workplace is closed, count as working from home for tax purposes.

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HMRC’s new creditor status – how will it affect you?

From 1st December, under the Finance Act 2020, HMRC will regain its status as a ‘preferential creditor’ meaning it will be repaid certain outstanding taxes, including Employees’ PAYE and National Insurance Contributions, VAT and CIS, ahead of lenders’ floating charges and suppliers if a business becomes insolvent.

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