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.

March 22, 2003

TT28: Retirement Saving

What are you going to do to provide for your retirement? Many business owners say that their business is their pension scheme and/or they will rely on the cash tied up in their home.
December 22, 2002

TT27: Company Car Tax Loophole

In the very first issue of Topical Tips last year we drew your attention to the punishing new levels of company car tax that came into effect on 6 April 2002 and suggested certain ways in which these rules could be side-stepped.
August 22, 2002

TT26: VAT Bad Debt Relief – NEW RULES

Now that the 2002 Finance Bill has received Royal Assent and become law (on 24 July 2002), it is worth considering a subtle, but very important change to the rules concerning the VAT treatment of debts that are considered to be “bad” i.e.
July 25, 2002

TT25: Technological Threats and Opportunities

Your business relies upon providing your customers or clients with an uninterrupted service – could it continue to do this without modern technology? From your computers and photocopier to software controlled machinery, basic measures should be undertaken to minimise risks to your business: Anti-virus software – do you have this? Is it up to date?. . .
July 22, 2002

TT24: Company Car Taxation

The question seems simple – if you own a company, should you have a company car, or should you run a car privately? The answer is not so simple – it depends on several aspects which are examined below.
June 22, 2002

TT23: Inheritance Tax Planning

IHT is often perceived to be the most unfair of all taxes. As a percentage of Barnes Roffe Topical Tips revenues for the Government it provides a tiny fraction of income, yet on bereavement, when a family least needs the problem of a large tax bill, it can prove to be a great worry.
May 22, 2002

TT22: Tax and children

In this issue of Topical Tips we consider the expensive issue of raising children. Most readers will welcome financial help from any quarter, particularly the Inland Revenue. Before this can happen the fundamental problem that has to be addressed is anti-avoidance legislation.
April 22, 2002

TT20: Stakeholder pensions

If your business operates a stakeholder pension scheme or deducts personal pension contributions from earnings then it is your responsibility as employer to ensure that there is a ‘record of payments due’ setting out what amounts are payable and when they are payable.
April 22, 2002

TT21: Budget Aftermath

Forget the spin – it’s a tax and spend budget! In this issue we comment on the key feature of the recent Budget – National Insurance changes – and offer reminders of the ways in which this swingeing tax increase can be avoided by certain individuals and companies.
March 25, 2002

TT19: Tax-Free Development Gains

In issue 11 of Topical Tips we demonstrated how the Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) main residence election can be used to secure substantial or total exemption from CGT in respect of holiday homes, even those that are located outside the UK.
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