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Sandy Bell considers the merits of Furnished Holiday Lettings in Optima magazine

Mercer & Hole Partner, Sandy Bell features in the latest edition of Optima Magazine, looking at the tax planning benefits of Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHLs). In response to an uplift in enquiries from buy-to-let investors reviewing their property portfolios, Sandy considers the potential tax efficiencies associated with Airbnb type lettings....


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Budget 2018 - A mixed bag of VAT challenges

In the Budget announcement, there were an unusual number of updates for VAT, some referring to existing or ongoing initiatives, and some new. In this article, I have covered five main areas; Making Tax Digital (MTD) and groups, construction, retail matters, general adjustments as well as HMRC anti-avoidance initiatives. There were also some...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Richard Collier

Budget 2018 - HMRC preferred creditor in insolvency

Insolvent businesses are to see an increase in the priority of HMRC’s claims for some tax debts.  With effect from 6 April 2020, HMRC will become a secondary preferential creditor (behind the limited preferential claims of employees) for VAT, PAYE, employee NICs, and Construction Industry Scheme deductions. This change draws attention to...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Chris Laughton

Budget 2018 - Entrepreneurs’ Relief

Whenever someone is looking to sell their business almost the first thing they ask (apart from what do you think it is worth?) is whether Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) will be available. ER reduces the rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to 10% on the first £10 million of lifetime qualifying gains and so can be worth £1 million in tax...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: David Hadley

Budget 2018 - IR35 – privatising the public sector approach

It has long been an aim of HMRC to ensure that as many individuals as possible are within the PAYE system, literally paying tax and national insurance as they earn. The rules relating to companies have historically enabled individuals to extract funds in a very tax efficient manner leading to an anti-avoidance framework applicable to Personal...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Jacqui Gudgion

Budget 2018 - Changes for businesses

Every box of chocolates has some with hard centres and some (possibly the same ones) that nobody wants. The changes for businesses announced are similarly mixed. The government has announced some exciting tax breaks on capital costs generally and a brand new relief on buildings but is continuing the clampdown on abuse of reliefs, eg on R&D and...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Cathy Corns

Budget 2018 - Increased personal allowance from 6 April 2019

From 6 April 2019 the personal allowance is set to increase from £11,850 to £12,500 and with this comes an increase in the threshold at which an individuals’ income and capital gains are subject to higher rate tax too. Currently the threshold for higher rate tax is £34,500 and this will be increased to £37,500...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Michael Lapham

Budget 2018 - Selling your home?

The Chancellor has once again used the Budget to make the ownership of second homes less tax friendly; this time with a number of changes to the capital gains tax reliefs available when selling a property which has at any time been your main residence. This measure will go further and impact not only those with buy-to-let properties but anyone who...


Date: 1st November, 2018
Author: Courtney Halifax

Chris Laughton is now a member of The Academy of Experts

Corporate Restructuring Partner, Chris Laughton, has become a member of The Academy of Experts (TAE). Founded in 1987, the TAE’s objective is to provide a professional body of experts to establish and promote high objective standards. The TAE provides a single source of qualified independent experts experienced in a wide range of...


Date: 26th October, 2018
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Mercer & Hole’s Iain Muffitt acknowledged for IHT Planner of the Year at the Money Management Awards

Mercer & Hole is proud to announce that Iain Muffitt has been awarded Runner-up in the IHT Planner of the Year category at the Money Management Awards 2018. Further to submitting an award entry and being interviewed by a panel of judges, Director of Financial Planning, Iain was acknowledged at a ceremony hosted by the FT at OXO2 in London. The...


Date: 22nd October, 2018
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

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