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Fall in the rate of CGT: Non-UK residential property

It is good news that the top rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was reduced from 28% to 20% with the basic rate falling from 18% to 10% on disposals made on or after 6 April 2016.  However, the reduced rates do not apply to gains realised on residential property (that do not qualify for private residence relief).  Don’t forget that...

Date: 29th April, 2016   |   Author: Alice Steidl   |   Comments: 0


Higher penalties kicking in

For anyone out there who has not yet submitted their 2015 self assessment personal  tax return - daily filing penalties at £10 a day can kick in from 1 May for a 90 day period.  The penalty escalates further from1 August. ...

Date: 28th April, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Cathy Corns features in Accountancy Live

Tax Partner, Cathy Corns features in Accountancy Live regarding Directors loans: beware changes to section 455 rules. To read Cathy’s article in full please click here or visit CCH Daily. ...

Date: 27th April, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole sponsor Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s launch of Hertfordshire Matters

Mercer & Hole are proud to have sponsored Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s launch of Hertfordshire Matters, the Foundation’s social needs analysis of the county. Senior Partner, Paul Maberly was joined by fellow partner, Ross Lane at the launch, which was held at the University of Hertfordshire on 26 April 2016. Hertfordshire...

Date: 27th April, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Andrew Lawes features in Business MK

General Practice Partner, Andrew Lawes features in Business MK regarding ‘Remuneration scheme laid bare as the taxman prepares to pounce on loan arrangements’. To read Andrew’s article in full please click here, to read the May edition of Business MK please click here ...

Date: 27th April, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Trustees – would you be able to manage any financial difficulties that could affect your charity?

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on managing financial difficulties. CC12 recommends that trustees review their charity’s financial performance against budget and future projects on a regular basis, at lease once a month. The review would of course depend on the size and nature of the charity and give early warning signs of...

Date: 20th April, 2016   |   Author: Wendy Bambrick   |   Comments: 0


Charities – Do you have a trading subsidiary?

Have you checked the limits on the Gift Aid that your subsidiary (ies) can pay over to the charity? The new limits have to be applied for financial periods commencing on or after 1 April 2015 and there may be action required to previous payments. The Charity Commission has updated its publication CC35 section 4.5 to reflect this. ...

Date: 19th April, 2016   |   Author: Wendy Bambrick   |   Comments: 0


Charity reserves policy – trustees are you aware?

The Charity Commission has updated their guidance on reserves. The guidance explains what reserves are, the importance of having a policy, the legal requirements with regard to publishing the policy and reporting on it, what trustees should do to keep proper tabs on their charity’s reserves and the importance of reserves. There is no single...

Date: 18th April, 2016   |   Author: Wendy Bambrick   |   Comments: 0


New notification form for employers

There is now a new form of ‘Disclosure of details about employees in relation to avoidance schemes’.  This is notification required by employers from 31 March 2016 to disclose details in relation to employees involved in tax avoidance schemes. The form is required in situations where the employer has received a Scheme Reference...

Date: 13th April, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


ATED (Additional Tax on Enveloped Dwellings) for the year ended 31 March 2017 – new threshold

For the tax year 2016/17 you may have a liability to pay tax or at least an obligation to file a return if you have a property that is: a residential property; in the UK; valued at more than £500,000 on 1 April 2012, (or at acquisition if later); owned, completely or partly, by a company, partnership where one of the partners is a...

Date: 12th April, 2016   |   Author: Jacqui Gudgion   |   Comments: 0


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