Posts

2 weeks to the Self-Assessment tax return deadline

2 Weeks to the Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline!

2 weeks to the self-assessment tax return deadline!

[As at 17 January 2022]: There are only about 2 weeks left in which to file your Self Assessment tax return and pay any tax due by the official deadline of 31 January. Miss the deadline (31st January) and usually you’d be in for a £100 HMRC fine right away. This year, however, HMRC are giving tax-payers extra time before issuing a ‘late filing’ penalty but interest will still be charged from 1 February, as usual, if tax is not paid by midnight on 31 January (rules apply). Even with the extra period of grace time is still short, so contact Taxfile for help with your tax return as soon as possible please. Book an appointment* with one of our helpful tax advisors and accountancy experts TODAY — we’ll make it easy!

Read more

HMRC Waives Late Filing & Payment Penalty for 31st January Deadline

HMRC has taken the decision to not issue a late filing penalty for anyone who does not submit their self-assessment tax return before midnight on 31st January 2022.  It is important to point out that the deadline for filing your 2020-21 tax return remains 31/01/22 but the waiving of the penalty allows anyone who is unable to file their self-assessment tax return by the 31/01/22 deadline avoid a £100 late filing penalty as long as they submit their tax return  sometime before midnight 28th February 2022.

Furthermore, anyone that is unable to pay their self-assessment tax liability before 31st January 2022 will not receive a late payment penalty if they pay their tax in full, or call HMRC to arrange a payment plan before 1st April 2022.  It is important to note that interest will be added on taxes owed from 1st February 2022.

For a second year in a row, due to COVID, an extra Read more

3 weeks to the Self-Assessment tax return deadline!

3 Weeks to the Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline!

3 weeks to the self-assessment tax return deadline!

[As at 10 January 2022]: There are only about 3 weeks left in which to file your Self Assessment tax return and pay any tax due by the official deadline of 31 January. Miss the deadline (31st January) and usually you’d be in for a £100 HMRC fine right away. This year, however, HMRC are giving tax-payers extra time before issuing a ‘late filing’ penalty but interest will still be charged from 1 February, as usual, if tax is not paid by midnight on 31 January (rules apply). Even with the extra period of grace time is still short, so contact Taxfile for help with your tax return as soon as possible please. Book an appointment* with one of our helpful tax advisors and accountancy experts TODAY and we’ll make it easy!

Read more

Saturday Appointments in December - Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

Saturday Appointments in January – Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

Saturday Appointments Available in January - Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

Taxfile is open on Saturday mornings in January, by appointment. Saturdays might be useful if you need to see us for your 2020/21 tax return, or any other accountancy work, but can’t do it on a weekday. Saturday slots are limited; there are only 4 Saturdays available in January and opening times will be from 9am until 1pm. So, please book in today if a weekend appointment suits you — before slots are all taken. Late appointments are also available on Mondays and Tuesdays, when we open until 6pm, or choose any other weekday if you can come earlier. Please note that we close earlier, at 3pm, on Fridays.

Book in on 0208 761 8000 or book your appointment online (here). We are happy to do virtual (video/phone) or physical appointments at our Tulse Hill office in Thurlow Park Road — whichever suits you best. Read more

4 weeks to the self assessment tax return deadline

4 Weeks to the Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline!

4 weeks to the self assessment tax return deadline

[As at 3 January 2022]: There are only about 4 weeks left in which to file your Self Assessment tax return with HMRC. Miss the deadline (31st January) and you’ll straight away be in for a £100 HMRC fine, so don’t delay — contact Taxfile for help with your tax return. Book an appointment* with one of our helpful tax advisors and accountancy experts TODAY and we’ll make it easy! Read more

Saturday Appointments in December - Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

Saturday Appointments in December – Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

Saturday Appointments Available in December - Book Now for Tax Returns Etc.

[Update for January 2022 available here]. Read more

Taxfile's Autumn Newsletter 2021

Taxfile’s Autumn Newsletter 2021

Taxfile's Autumn Newsletter 2021

Our tax and accountancy-related newsletter is available as a PDF download tooWelcome to Taxfile’s Autumn Newsletter for 2021. One of our biggest yet, it includes useful tax- and accountancy-related news that you need to be aware of, ways to save time or money – and much more. Take a look!

QR Codes

QR codes are quick links you can scan on your mobile phoneYou’ll find QR codes throughout the newsletter. These are a quick and easy way to access further information about the topic. Assuming you are viewing the newsletter on a desktop device or a printed* version, simply point your mobile camera phone at a QR code and then open the link that pops up. Your mobile’s browser will then take you straight to the information page. Alternatively, we supply simple link URLs to simply tap in.

Acrobat PDF version availableDownload As an Acrobat PDF & Print Out

* If you’re viewing on a small screen, it may be easier to read if you download the newsletter as an Acrobat PDF so you can print it out at full size (A4). Read more

New 30-Day Rules for Capital Gains on Residential Property

New 30-Day Rules for Capital Gains on Residential Property

New 30-Day Rules for Capital Gains on Residential Property

New rules have now come into force in relation to capital gains made on disposals of UK residential property*. Several key actions are now required if a taxable capital gain has arisen, including some that now need to be made fast:

  1. Taxpayers need to report the property’s disposal within 30 days of the actual disposal;
  2. They will need to pay the estimated Capital Gains Tax (‘CGT’) to HMRC within 30 days of the disposal.
  3. Those who fill in and submit a Self-Assessment tax return will also need to include details of the disposal on their return.

Who Do the New CGT Rules Apply To?

The new rules apply whether you’re an individual, joint property owner, trustee, partner in a partnership or LLP, or a personal representative.

What Counts as a Residential Property Disposal?

The new rules apply to all UK residential property that was disposed of (taken as the date of the exchange of contracts) since 6 April 2020 inclusive, where a capital gain was made that will require payment of CGT.

To fall within the rules, a UK residential property must be one that:

  • is suitable for use as a dwelling, or;
  • is being built or adapted for use as a dwelling.

It can be one in which the the owner has never lived or has lived for only part of the period they owned it. It can also be a rental property or a holiday home.

Where a property has been used for mixed purposes, only the capital gain that’s equivalent to Read more

SEISS: The 5th & Final Round

5th SEISS Grant - how to claim

HMRC has already started contacting possible eligible sole traders and partnerships for the 5th and final Self Employed Income Support Scheme grant announced by the Government last year.

HMRC’s online access for applications is due to open later this month (July) and the grant will cover the period 1st May 2021 through to 30th September 2021.  You can claim the 5th grant if you believe that your business profit will be impacted by coronavirus between these dates.

This round of grants requires turnover calculations to be done by the applicant, following four stages to determine the two turnover figures required in the application and hence, how much they will be eligible for.

  1. You will first need to work out your turnover (money received) for a 12-month period starting from any date between 01/04/20 to 06/04/20. Your figure must include the turnover from all your businesses.  You can ask us at Taxfile for your figure if we have submitted your 20/21 tax return.  If you haven’t yet done your 2020/21 tax return, it might be an opportunity to contact your tax agent at Taxfile and bring in your financial data for the period, so we can give you an accurate figure, as HMRC will be able to check the figures once you do submit your tax return.
  2. The second stage is to adjust the 12-month turnover figure by removing the monies received from any SEISS grants or COVID relief grants from the council/government.  Although these grants are viewed as subject to income tax and national insurance, they will not be considered as part of your 12-month turnover figure for the 5th SEISS grant.
  3. The third stage requires you to calculate a previous year’s turnover to use as a reference figure. This is the 2nd figure you will need for the application.  HMRC states that in most cases you must use the 2019/20 tax return as your reference year.  If for any reason 2019/20 was not a normal year, you can use the turnover reported in your 2018/19 tax return.  For ‘not a normal year’, HMRC has stipulated the following examples; being on carers or sick leave for a prolonged period, losing a large contract, reservist duties, or being eligible for the 5th SEISS grant but not having submitted a 21019/20 tax return.  The turnover for your reference figure can be found on the tax return summary we would have issued you.  If you need this figure, please do not hesitate to contact your tax agent on 020 8761 8000.
  4. The fourth stage is to compare the two turnover figures. Only when the figure from stage 3 (the reference year) is greater than that obtained for the 20/21 figure will you be eligible for the 5th SEISS grant.  Furthermore, if the 2020/21 turnover figure has reduced by 30% or more when compared to the reference turnover figure, the grant will be 80% of the 3-month average profits, with the maximum grant payment capped at £7,500.  If the 2020/21 turnover is less than 30%, the grant will be 30% of the 3-month average profits, capped at £2,850.

Taxes & Cryptocurrency

How crypto currency in the UK is treated for tax by HMRC

According to HMRC, ‘cryptoassets’ are cryptographically secured digital representations of value or contractual rights that can be:

  • transferred
  • stored
  • traded electronically

There are various types of cryptoassets including exchange tokens, utility tokens, and security tokens. HMRC does not consider cryptocurrency to be currency or money & their complete Cryptoassets Manual can be found HERE.

As far taxes are concerned, investing in cryptocurrency is akin to investing in other assets such as stocks, bonds, and the sale of rental properties.  This means that capital gains and losses rules apply when you ‘dispose’ your assets, and in this case your cryptocurrency.

HMRC explains that disposals include:

  • selling cryptocurrency for money
  • exchanging cryptocurrency for a different type of cryptocurrency
  • using cryptocurrency to pay for goods or services
  • giving away cryptocurrency to another person

Any of the above situations subject any profits to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and the simple formula for calculating capital gains (or losses) is:

Fair Market Value – Cost = Profit or Loss

The fair market value is the market price of the asset at the time that you sold, traded, or disposed of it.  The cost is the price you paid at the time of the purchase.

Although this is a simple and logical calculation, calculating CGT on your profits becomes a bit more complex when you have multiple transactions to account for.  The UK requires a specific type of method for calculating the cost basis of your coins known as Shared Pool Accounting also known as a 104 Pool.

With the shared pooled accounting method, you are essentially Read more