Topical Tips

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PLEASE NOTE: The Archive is a historical resource and by the very nature of these tips the details of tax law might have changed since they were published, so contact your Barnes Roffe partner before acting on any matter contained in these tips.

December 22, 2005

TT75: Merry Christmas from Barnes Roffe

TT59Staff Home Computers How you can provide halfprice computers as a tax-free benefit for staff. TT60Company Van Tax Avoiding a benefit in kind for ‘insignificant’ private use of a company van. TT61Companies House Changes & Security Cessation of the extension to filing deadlines for companies with overseas interests, Increase in filing fees and Corporate Identity Theft prevention.
November 23, 2005

TT74: Staff Entertainment

Christmas party time You want to reward your staff at Christmas, but what can you do without landing them a tax bill? Most people are aware of the exemption of £150 for entertaining staff, but this must not be regarded as the budget for the office Christmas party.
November 22, 2005

TT73: Diesel Company Cars – Tax Change

The current situation with diesel company cars HM Revenue and Customs imposes a 3% surcharge on the taxable scale charge for diesel-engined company cars registered after 31 December 1997 which do not meet Euro IV emission standards.
October 25, 2005

TT72: Property & SIPP Update

With the publicity surrounding the rule changes from April 2006 (‘A Day ‘), most people interested in buying property via pension schemes are aware of the heavy restriction on borrowings that will take effect.
October 22, 2005

TT71: Staff Suggestions Scheme

Make your business better and save your staff tax! If you run a staff suggestions scheme you can potentially: discover ways to make your business better actively engage your staff in improving operations make cash awards of up to £5,000 free of tax.
September 23, 2005

TT70: Tax-Free Staff Incentives

Many of our recent Topical Tips have dealt with various types of tax free ‘perks’ that can be offered to employees and this one is no exception! In this issue we look at three more tax-efficient incentives for employees! And remember, Directors are employees too! Tip 1 Mobile Phones Most people know that there is. . .
September 22, 2005

TT69: Company Car Fuel Update

In Topical Tips 53 we dealt with the important saving available if an employee chooses to pay for all fuel in their company vehicle and then claim back money for only the actual business mileage driven (to cover just the fuel cost).
August 22, 2005

TT68: Goodwill on Incorporation

Why is ‘goodwill’ an issue? Goodwill is the difference between the price the purchaser pays for the business and the value of the underlying assets. For example a business might have assets worth £100,000 (e.g.
July 25, 2005

TT67: Business Incorporation

Many businesses start as sole traders or partnerships, but after a short period of time often expand into serious concerns. It is then that the proprietors usually begin wondering whether they ought to be trading via a limited liability company (‘company’) or a limited liability partnership (‘LLP’).
July 22, 2005

TT66: Tax Return Update 2

Topical Tips 65 dealt with changes to the Income Tax Return situation for 2004/05. This issue deals with some advantages you might be able to claim from HMRC! Approved mileage allowances An employer can reimburse an employee for business travel in the employee’s own vehicle at approved mileage rates.
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