Directors’ loan accounts, a note of caution

It is established practise in small and medium size companies for owner directors to withdraw sums from the business ‘in lieu of salary’ and then, at the year end, to declare a dividend to clear to nil any balance on the Directors’ loan account. Provided the loan balance is cleared within 9 months of

How good are your records?

HMRC believes 40% of the five million small and medium businesses in the UK maintain inadequate records.    Due to commence in the second half of 2011, the HMRC are introducing a new Business Records Check consisting of a visit to the business premises by at least one officer for approximately four hours. Where the officer identifies significant

Time to check that PAYE code!

The vast majority of the taxpaying public are employees who pay tax through the 'Pay as you earn' system administered by the employer. Because of this most employees have very little involvement with HM Revenue & Customs - trusting both HMRC and their employer to 'get it right'. But, this system is not perfect.

Is a company car still a perk worth having?

Changes made to the taxation of company cars to fall in inline with the Government's green agenda mean that the once great perk of motoring at the cost of the employer is no longer the benefit it once was. To be given a company car is now the exception not the norm. If we

When did you last check your state pension entitlement?

Most people are happy to assume that each year the deduction of tax and national insurance from earnings is helping to build up their entitlement to a state pension. However, it has been revealed that of the 50 million payroll returns received by the HM Revenue & Customs each year around 4% contain incomplete

Lost pension relief for higher rate tax payers

A recent survey has suggested that up to 250,000 higher rate tax payers are not claiming tax relief on their pension contributions. If you are earning in excess of £45,000 and make contributions to a personal pension you may be one of these people. For more information contact Jamie

The VAT trap for sole traders – multiple trades

The majority of sole traders are aware of their obligations to register for VAT when their business turnover has gone over a specific limit - called the 'VAT threshold' (currently £70,000), but few realise that it is not their 'business' that is registered but them personally. Why does this matter? Where an individual carries