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Government places Making Tax Digital legislation on hold

The provisions on  Making Tax Digital have been removed from the abbreviated Finance Bill that was truncated due to the General Election.  The general view is that the delay is a good thing,  the provisions represent a major change in the way tax works and the delay will allow more time for proper scrutiny before introduction....


Date: 27th April, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

IMPORTANT UPDATE : Slimmed Down Finance Bill affects Non UK Domiciles and Inheritance Tax charges

The announcement of the general election has meant that the Finance Bill is being rushed through before Parliament is dissolved. To expedite the process a considerable number of measures have been dropped from the Bill. Specifically, all the changes relating to non UK domiciles and the Inheritance Tax (IHT) charges on UK residential property owned...


Date: 26th April, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Mercer & Hole hold bake sale and dress down sale in support of Mind

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants held a bake sale and dress down day for their charity of the year, Mind, on 24 April 2017. Each of the firm’s four offices took part in the event, with the team donating a fabulous selection of homemade and shop bought cakes. Those who chose to dress down also made a charitable donation for doing so....


Date: 26th April, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Proposed tax changes for non-resident companies

Currently non-UK resident companies pay income tax on rental profits from UK property.  However, the government has now introduced new rules limiting loss offset profits on over £5 million and potentially restricting relief for interest charges over £2 million.  These rules only apply for corporation tax and hence not to...


Date: 21st April, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

Company Car Tax – deciding to change your company car?

The government has now confirmed the tax rates for company cars up to 5 April 2021.  The changes highlight the discrepancy between the tax on a car with low to medium CO2  emissions compared to a car with high CO2  emissions.  There has been no change to the maximum amount chargeable for the high emission cars, it is still at...


Date: 20th April, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

Penalties under Making Tax Digital (MTD)

HMRC has issued a further document setting out its proposed options for the new penalties under the MTD regime. The consultation covers penalties for late submission and late payment.  It outlines three options for a new penalty for non-deliberate failures to meet filing deadlines.  HMRC says that the aim is for these to operate for all...


Date: 13th April, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

Employee reimbursed expenses

HMRC is looking at the position on taxation of expenses paid to employees, in particular, the areas where payments are made in respect of pure business costs.  It is seeking information on employer practices with a view to re-examining the current tax situation and establishing the position for the future.  Accordingly, a call for...


Date: 12th April, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

Mercer & Hole serve lunch to the elderly in Milton Keynes

A team from Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants donned their aprons to serve lunch to the elderly at the Milton Keynes Irish Welfare Support Group on 5 April. The firm’s Senior Partner, Paul Maberly along with Dasdeep Sidhu, Natalie McSavaney and Caroline Valentino volunteered to wait on tables and chatted to the group of over 60 regular...


Date: 7th April, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Digital giving and social giving accounts

HMRC have found that increasing numbers of Gift Aid donations do not in fact qualify for Gift Aid. Of particular concern are donations being made through digital platforms including social media and fundraising websites without any verification checks made by HMRC or the platform providers. An estimated £1million a month is being paid out by...


Date: 6th April, 2017
Author: David Hadley

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants boost Tax teams

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants have further strengthened their Corporate and Business Tax and Private Client Tax Services teams through hire and promotion. Darrell Barlow has joined the firm in the role of Senior Tax Manager in the Corporate and Business Tax team. Darrell, who is a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and Certified Accountant...


Date: 6th April, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

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