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Our monthly newsletter covers topical issues and strategies to minimise your overall tax bill.

Each month our tax experts and authors share practical tips to help you better manage your tax affairs and reduce your tax liability.

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Here is what our experts are sharing this month:

  • ‘Loophole’ in the entrepreneurs’ relief legislation  exposed

    Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) is a valuable and much sought after capital gains tax relief. However, the conditions for claiming the relief are often problematic.

    Mark McLaughlin looks at a case in which a potential ‘loophole’ in the entrepreneurs’ relief legislation was exposed. 

  • That time of year again!

    HMRC operates a severe penalty regime to ‘encourage’ compliance with self-assessment requirements. Failure to submit a return on time may attract a late filing penalty. 

    Sarah Laing looks at the interest and penalty charges that may be encountered for late filing and payment of tax as the 31 January self-assessment return deadline approaches.

  • VAT: Is ‘tax-free shopping’ taxing? 

    The VAT retail export scheme - also known as ‘Tax-free shopping’ - allows overseas visitors to claim a refund of VAT on goods they buy and export from the EU in their personal luggage. 

    Andrew Needham looks at what happens when a retailer sells to an overseas customer.

  • Why now is the time to claim R&D tax credits

    The UK government offers tax relief on research and development (R&D) projects to reward innovation by UK businesses. While data shows an accelerating upward trend in the number of claims, many potentially eligible firms fail to claim the tax credits they are entitled to.

    Iain Rankin investigates why some companies fail to claim R&D tax credits and suggests that there has never been a better time to submit an R&D claim.

  • Disposals of beneficial interests in settled property: What’s the CGT position?

    Capital gains tax (CGT) is levied on capital gains arising on disposals (e.g. sales, gifts) of chargeable assets. 

    Malcolm Finney considers if and when a capital gains tax charge arises on certain disposals relating to trust property.

  • CGT-efficient gifting for succession

    In the first three articles in this series, the possibilities of investing in sterling, wasting chattels, chattels costing and being sold for £6,000 and under, enterprise investment scheme and seed enterprise investment scheme investments, and ISAs were discussed. 

    Meg Saksida looks at capital gains tax gift relief and some circumstances in which the relief may be available.

  • How to make inheritance tax less of a burden

    Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable at 40% on the taxable value of an individual’s estate on death, after all deductions, exemptions, etc. are taken into account. 

    Tony Granger examines different ways to reduce the incidence of inheritance tax payable on an individual’s estate. 

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As part of your free trial, you will also get immediate access to the following popular tax-saving strategies:
Using The Business To Pay For School And University Fees 2020

Tony Granger examines the various ways a business can meet education fees.

The focus in this article is on an owner-managed company paying for school and university fees. By contrast, a sole trader would be paying fees from after-tax income, as would partners – however both could have employees who may benefit from the strategies.

Education can be expensive!
School fees at primary school level can range from £11,000 (day school) to £20,000

EIS and SEIS cash – use it or lose it!

Ken Moody looks at a potential obstacle to successfully claiming tax relief under the enterprise investment scheme or seed enterprise investment scheme.   

As some readers will appreciate, the complex rules for enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and seed enterprise investment scheme (SEIS) investments can seem like an obstacle course, where if you trip you may stand to lose all relief. One such hurdle under both schemes concerns the use of monies raised within time limits. 

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