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Mercer & Hole help out at Age Concern St Albans

Volunteers from accountancy firm Mercer & Hole donated 110 minutes of their time to help Age Concern St Albans on 2 and 18 November in celebration of the firm’s 110th year of business. Partner, Helen Price and staff from Mercer & Hole’s St Albans office served tea, coffee and cake to clients at two local Age Concern groups,...

Date: 27th November, 2015   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0

Time to get your house in order?  - Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement proposes acceleration of the payment date for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on residential property to 30 days after completion. A few things to note in relation to this – the most obvious being to highlight that a majority of disposals of residential property are not subject to CGT by virtue of the Principle Private...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Jacqui Gudgion   |   Comments: 0

Dividend changes - Autumn Statement

It was announced in the Summer Budget that there would be a significant change to the way in which dividends are taxed from April 2016.  In addition to the introduction of a new Dividend Allowance, the notional 10% tax credit will no longer attach to dividends, thereby eliminating the requirement to gross up dividend income in an...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Alison Palmer   |   Comments: 0

Business tax round-up - Autumn Statement

The good, the bad and the ugly The good Research and Development (R&D) tax relief R&D tax credits potentially offer 230% tax relief to SMEs.  From November 2015, HMRC intend to offer an advance clearance procedure to small businesses wanting to make a first claim for R&D tax relief. The advance assurance will focus on first...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0

Pension: Auto Enrolment - Autumn Statement

The increase in auto enrolment contribution rates due to be implemented in October 2017 and 2018 are to be deferred for six months to align them with the tax year. The minimum required levels of contribution can be summarised as follows:   Minimum contributions   Employer Total To April 2018...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Michael Lapham   |   Comments: 0

VAT commentary – Autumn Statement

As has become standard practice since the pasty tax debacle some years ago, the Chancellor has shied away from tampering with VAT. He has resorted, once again, to a minor tweak, with a charity angle. The £15 million per annum of VAT collected on sales of women’s sanitary products will be diverted to support women's charities...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Richard Collier   |   Comments: 0

Property round-up - Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement includes further changes that impact upon residential property, which I will summarise and also re-cap on the forthcoming changes for buy-to-let properties. Second home Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) grab Yet another SDLT increase! Acquisitions of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties,...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Liz Cuthbertson   |   Comments: 0

Pension planning - Autumn Statement

The announcements in the Summer Budget 2015 were to be followed with a consultation on the pension tax relief system. Although we still await further details around this consultation, it may well have a significant impact on the way in which pensions are used as part of an overall planning strategy. So far there is no further update on the...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Gill Tallon   |   Comments: 0

Pension: Reduction in Lifetime Allowance - Autumn Statement

The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is due to be reduced further from its current level of £1.25 million to £1 million with effect from 6 April 2016. Inevitably more pension savers will face tax charges at retirement if their funds are in excess of the LTA. Details of the transitional protections are now available for pension savers who wish...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Iain Muffitt - Financial Adviser   |   Comments: 0

Non Dom update - Autumn Statement

Foreign domiciled individuals may be wondering whether the Autumn Statement contained any further surprises for them.  However, the Chancellor was notably silent on this area and the proposed legislation affecting non domiciled individuals is still to come. It is expected that much of this will be released in early 2016 but the...

Date: 26th November, 2015   |   Author: Lisa Spearman   |   Comments: 0

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