Tax Saving Tips
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Tax Saving Tips

Tax saving tips – are you paying too much tax?


The tax legislation contains many allowances and reliefs that can help you minimize your tax liabilities. This is so whether the tax arises on earnings, profits on trade or gains when you sell chargeable assets.

We recommend that our clients pay ONLY as much tax as they are legally obliged to pay, and no more!
The Inland Revenue (HMRC) staff are not able to advise you on how to organize your affairs to minimize the amount of tax you pay. THAT IS YOUR ACCOUNTANT’S JOB!!!

If you are looking to make tax savings and do not want to make a detailed study of tax legislation, you should seek professional advice. Our fees for business clients are tax deductible!

Whatever your tax planning needs are, we will endeavor to find a tax saving scheme to suit your circumstances.

Contact us as more specific tax planning tips may be available for your business sector.

Tax saving tips!!!!


Employing your spouse in the business
If you are self employed and your spouse helps out with general administration, or any other role, it is quite legitimate to pay your spouse a salary. Just follow sensible commercial rules and you will have no problem with the Inland Revenue. In particular pay a market rate for the type of work done and number of hours worked. Sole traders with higher rate tax liabilities will benefit significantly from this arrangement.

What about the Garden Shed?


Are you selling that second or third home and want to reduce any capital gains tax that you may need to pay? The garden shed and other fixtures and fittings are treated as wasting chattels for Capital Gains Tax, i.e. when you sell them there is no tax to pay. Why not ask your solicitor to allocate part of the selling price in the contract to these items? Make sure you seek advice regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax when considering these issues.

Low interest loans provided by employers


Providing you are not a director, it may be possible for a company to lend an employee up to £5,000 with no tax complications. This can be useful if say the employee needs to buy out his company car to avoid benefit in kind tax charges.

Capital Gains – Using Home as Office


If you claim tax relief for the use of a room as an office you can avoid any possibility of CGT on a sale of your home if you make sure that the room is not used exclusively for business. A portable TV and your golf clubs stored in the home office could be sufficient.

Recover Vat


Recover VAT on invoices that you have paid or received before you register for VAT by including the input VAT on your first return. Make sure you have the VAT invoice and keep a schedule of the adjustments you have made.