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Accountants and taxation advisers for small business, start-ups & individuals based in the suburbs of South Birmingham covering Kings Heath, Hall Green, Moseley and surrounding areas.

 

We provide for all your necessary accountancy and taxation requirements including accounts preparation, management accounts, personal and company tax returns, VAT, payroll including CIS, cash flow forecasts, reviewing and implementing accounting and management systems. 

We provide a friendly and reliable service to meet all your compliance requirements on a cost effective basis. We also act proactively to assist your business and provide a range of personal and business tax planning opportunities.

 

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How much should I put by to cover tax bills?

Whether you are self-employed or have your own company your periodic business tax payments will always be based on the yearly trading profits and other chargeable gains made, plus any capital profits.

 

If you run your business through a company, corporation tax payable on adjusted business profits (after allowances for capital purchases) is payable 9 months and one day after your year-end date. Accordingly, corporation tax due for the accounting year to 31 March 2016, will be due for payment 1 January 2017.

 

As a quick fix, you could transfer between 15% and 20% of your monthly profits to a deposit account to partly cover this liability.

 

If you are self-employed, your business profits will form part of your self-assessment tax return. The amount of tax you will pay is split into two instalments on account, and a balancing adjustment if necessary.

 

In order to reserve cash for your self-assessment tax payments, the math is more complex. Your best option is to deduct a £1,000 per month (being your approximate income tax personal allowance) for each business partner, from the trading profits you make and apply 30% to what’s left. Transfer this amount to a deposit account. However, this will only provide the funds to pay tax on your business profits. If you have other taxable income this will have to be factored in.

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Self-employed business travel

This is an area HMRC is taking a much closer look at because restricting travel expenses can raise a significant amount of additional tax as for many self-employed individuals travelling is a major cost.

 

The basic position is business travel is an allowable expense but just exactly what this is not as straight forward as you would expect and depends on where your main place of business is and how you perform your services.

 

If your main place of business is not your home then home to work travel is not going to be allowable. However, if for example you pick up goods from a warehouse on your way to work a proportion of the travel costs should be permitted.

 

Where home is the main base of the business and where your work involves travelling or is itinerant and the work radiates around your home than travel costs are deductible e.g. if you are a subcontractor living in Birmingham and you mainly work in the Midlands then your travel costs should be okay, however if most of your work is in London then the cost of travelling from Birmingham to London would not be allowed although once in London normal travel cost between sites would be acceptable.

 

Where home is a place of business but you regularly work at another location then home to work travel would not be allowable e.g. if you are a service engineer and you carry out your main duties at a couple of fixed locations.

 

This is becoming quite a complex area and your individual travelling arrangements need to be fully considered; please contact us for more information.

Dividend tax

The ‘low salary high dividend’ approach has finally come to an end & while there are still many advantages to operating as a limited company no doubt a revised approach will be required from April 2016; the move appears to have received little media coverage and while it was always on the cards it is surprising that the changes have not been phased in as this is quite a significant change in tax policy & will result in significant tax increases for many small business owners supposedly the ‘life blood of the economy’. 

 

Proposed changes: the main details:

  • From 1 April 2016 notional 10% tax credit abolished
  • New £5,000 tax free dividend allowance
  • Dividends above this level taxed at 7.5% (basic rate), 32.5% (higher rate), & 38.1% (additional rate)
  • Dividends received by ISAs & pension schemes unaffected

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