According to sources reported in The Telegraph, the Treasury is considering the dividend allowance in the Autumn Budge 2018, which will be released on the 22nd November 2018. It will be no shock to most if cuts are once again made against business owners, directors and shareholders hand. The same was done in the Autumn Budget 2017 when the dividend allowance was cut from £5,000 to £2,000.
Cuts would be supposedly made in an effort to help fund a government pledge to increase spending on the NHS. The report has triggered a reaction from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who have estimated that the Treasury would raise £1.3billion by 2022 by removing the dividend allowance.
How will dividend cuts affect business owners, directors and shareholders?
Business owners, directors and shareholders use the dividend allowance to extract profits from their business. The more the dividend allowance is reduced the less the strategies for tax efficiency.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s release of the 2018 Autumn Budget revealed a number of changes for small business owners. Below is a brief summary of some of the changes small business owners should be aware of.
If you have stopped trading as a sole trade or you’re ending/leaving a business partnership then you must notify the HMRC. This will trigger the cancellation of your Class 2 National Insurance.
Currently there are over 2,200 families on the waiting list for Kensington and Chelsea social housing. Which compared to the 11,000 houses currently available, presents a huge issue for councils finding the families accommodation. The council has already spent its entire reserves of £230m on new housing for the Grenfell tower survivors, whom all fall into their borough.
Stamp duty is an area of much dispute and change in UK tax. Currently, you usually pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on increasing portions of your property’s price above £125,000 (for residential properties, like a house of flat).
The amount of Stamp Duty you owe can vary depending on whether or not the property is your first home and the purchase is £500,000.
Statutory accounts (commonly known as annual accounts) are financial reports that must be prepared and filed at the end of each financial year. For UK private limited companies statutory accounts are a compulsory part of the tax year.
As a business owner it is important to be aware of your companies tax obligations and liabilities. There are a number of taxes that small businesses are required to pay. Below is our breakdown of the taxes you should know about as a business owner:
The October 15th US tax deadline is just around the corner. Below we have put together a brief outline of how to get started and avoid the harsh penalties of the IRS’s long arm:
Inspired off of the Jean Royère’s furniture designs we went to see yesterday (pictured above) in the spirit of London Design Week, we have put together a brief guide for our clients on some of the expenses you can claim as a furniture designer.
There are generally much expenses incurred while working as a furniture designer than other freelance professionals. For instance, the cost of raw materials and machinery. Raw materials and any equipment required to assemble the furniture are all claimable against tax, assuming that you are buying both.
If you are based in the UK and your employees are working abroad there are slightly rule surrounding PAYE and NIC depending on where your employees are working and how long you expect them to work there.
A confirmation statement is a form that was introduced to replace the annual return (AR01) in June 2016. The purpose of a annual confirmation statement is to verify important company data registered on Companies House to ensure it is correct and up to date.