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.

May 22, 2003

TT38: Maternity & Sick Pay Changes

New employee rights from 6th April All employers need to be aware of recent major changes to employees’ rights to maternity leave, paternity leave and sick pay.
April 25, 2003

TT37: Business Asset Tax Relief

“Entrepreneurs threaten to quit UK over stealth tax” – that’s what was written in The Times on 26th March in respect of a perceived new attack on Business Gift Relief by the Inland Revenue. The theme has been much replayed elsewhere.
April 22, 2003

TT36: Settlements Legislation

A tax efficient means of remuneration for many small business owners is by way of dividend rather than salary. This itself is not under threat, but in certain instances where non-working spouses receive dividend payments the Inland Revenue is beginning to take an aggressive new stance.
March 30, 2003

TT35: National Insurance Increases

A recent survey by a leading firm of consultants showed that 60% of the UK population are unaware how the impending rise in National Insurance Contributions will affect them! In fact, it’s going to cost most people dearly, and employers even more.
March 29, 2003

TT34: Company cars: more tax changes

From 6 April 2003 the tax rules on company cars change yet again! Here are six points you should consider: New basis of fuel scale chargeFrom 6 April 2003 the fuel scale charge benefit in kind will be calculated by taking the percentage used to calculate the car benefit (dependent on CO2 emissions) and multiplying. . .
March 28, 2003

TT33: Information & Communication Reliefs

Small companies can claim 100% tax relief on ICT until 31st March only! The Finance Act 2000 introduced a generous 100% tax write-down known as a “first year allowance” for small businesses investing in information and communications technology (ICT).
March 27, 2003

TT32: Tax-Free Development Gains Revisited

In Issue 19 of Topical Tips we reviewed how, in certain circumstances, tax-free gains could be made from selling off up to half a hectare (about an acre) of garden attached to a main residence. We will now consider what action should be taken if the garden is bigger than this.
March 26, 2003

TT31: Pre-March 1987 Pensions

In Issue 7 of Topical Tips we highlighted the incredible tax planning opportunities offered by pre-March 1987 pension schemes where beneficiaries can draw the whole of the funds of the scheme as tax-free cash.
March 25, 2003

TT30: Data Protection Act 1988

If your business processes information on individuals either on computer or manually, you are known as a Data Controller and there is a legal requirement for you to comply with the Data Protection Act. If you don’t you could face a fine of up to £5000.
March 23, 2003

TT29: Capital Expenditure Planning

Every year the Chancellor of the Exchequer announces changes to the way that businesses obtain tax relief on their plant and equipment.
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