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Clare Slattery

How to…decide if a company car is for you

Having a company car has long been considered a perk of employment coming with the convenience of no unexpected repair bills and possibly no fuel costs. However with changes to the taxation of cars the exact model you choose to drive can be very important.

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Tax: A Voluntary Payment or a Compulsory Demand?

Whether related to income, property or other business transactions and even upon death, it seems for many that the payment of tax is fait accompli. Often through ignorance, poor professional advice or just a simple resignation to the inevitable, many may be missing out on the opportunity of paying less in tax to the Chancellor.

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Don’t get caught out by changes to Capital Allowances

The introduction of the new mandatory pooling rules from April this year means that if a purchaser of a second hand commercial property buys from a seller who was entitled to claim Capital Allowances but did not for some reason, then the purchaser will not be entitled to any Capital Allowances on the purchase and neither will any subsequent purchaser of that property.

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IR35 - An update

HMRC have recently withdrawn their guidance in relation to IR35 and in the recent Summer Budget have announced that they intend to review the effectiveness of the provisions due to the high level of non-compliance with the rules. The ‘IR35’ rules are designed to prevent the avoidance of tax and national insurance contributions through the use of personal service companies and partnerships.

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Employed or self employed?

The question as to whether someone is employed or self employed is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. Many people assume they are free to choose, but this is not the case.

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Salary and dividends - a tax efficient remuneration strategy

It is increasingly common, particularly in owner managed companies, for the director/shareholders to take remuneration by way of a modest salary, topped up by dividends. Such a practice helps to minimise the overall tax position on the remuneration paid whilst at the same time optimising the rewards for the director’s endeavors.

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Retaining key employees

Is a share scheme the solution? Current economic trading conditions mean that now more than ever businesses need to both recruit and retain high calibre employees.

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