Great Tax Tips

Sleigh & Story have a number of great tax tips for you and your small business.

A bit of tax planning goes a long way! Our tax expertise can provide tax tips and advice relevant to your individual business. Contact us today and let us see what tax savings we can find for you!

Savings and Investments

Don’t forget children!

Children are entitled to the same personal allowance that is available for adults, so they can receive a certain amount of income tax free (currently £7,475). Children are also entitled to the annual capital gains tax exemption, currently set at £10,600 for the tax year to 5th April 2012.

Individual Savings Accounts (ISA’s)

The ISA limit has been raised to £10,680, up to £5,340 of which can be saved in cash. The new limits will apply to all ISA investors from the 2011-12 tax year (starting on 6th April 2011) onwards.

Property and Loans

Rent-a-room! If you let out a furnished room in your own home, the rent-a-room scheme entitles you to receive a certain amount of rental income tax free.

Losses

Trading Losses. If you operate an unincorporated business (partnership or sole trader) and you incur a loss in a period of trading, you can claim tax relief for this loss against other income in the year, or preceding tax years. There are certain conditions that have to be met and you should always seek professional advice to ensure that losses are relieved in the most tax efficient way.

Benefits in Kind

Consider buying the company car and charging your employer for any business miles you travel in that car. You will own the vehicle privately and therefore will no longer have any car or fuel benefit charges. You can be paid up to 45p per mile for the first 10,000 business miles in a tax year and 25p per mile for any additional miles travelled.

Tax Allowable Payments

Claim up to a possible 100% tax relief if your business invests in certain qualifying plant and equipment during the current tax year. The allowance is currently available on the first £100,000 of expenditure. Please note this allowance falls for expenditure incurred from April 2012 to just £25,000.

Estate Planning

Do you have a nil rate band trust included in your will? Although any unused nil rate band can now be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner, there are still circumstances where this type of planning remains beneficial.

VAT

Reclaim input VAT if your employees use a rate per mile to calculate the business use of their private car. HM Revenue & Customs provide a chart which explains the claims procedures.

Business Tax Planning

Consider incorporating your business: If you are currently running a small unincorporated business and paying income tax at higher rate of 40%, there may be a substantial tax saving available on incorporation. Corporation tax is currently set at 20% on the first £300,000 of profits for companies and a correctly structured remuneration policy to withdraw this profit will reduce your exposure to tax.

Personal Tax Planning

Personal tax planning is all about understanding the taxes that you are liable to pay and looking at ways to minimise them. Tax law is a complex area and you should always seek professional advice before making any decisions that may affect your tax liabilities.

How can we help?

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