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Scope of Trade

There is no statutory definition of ‘trade’. The only statutory reference to the term is that ‘trade’ includes a ‘venture in the nature of trade’. This absence of a formal definition decides if an activity is a trade more difficult. However, over time the courts have set some established guidance. It is clear from the significant amount of case law on this subject that a decision on whether...

Are you struggling with cash flow planning?

Maintaining healthy cash flow finance is essential for any business and can mean the difference between success and failure. An important tool used to help businesses with cash flow planning is a cash flow statement. This report tracks the cash flow for an organisation and, alongside the income statement and balance sheet, it helps to determine a company's performance. The reason for considering...

Demergers

There are special statutory demerger provisions that are designed to make it easier to divide and place into separate corporate ownership the trading activities of a company or group of companies. Using these provisions, an exempt demerger will be deemed to take place and the distribution will normally be exempt for Income Tax purposes and usually not give rise to any CGT as the gains are...

Demergers

There are special statutory demerger provisions that are designed to make it easier to divide and place into separate corporate ownership the...

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Points to consider when valuing goodwill

Valuing goodwill is a complex process and there are many different methods which can be used and that vary from industry to industry. Goodwill is a way of placing a monetary value on the business’s reputation and customer relationships. Or as HMRC

Business gifts

The rules for deciding whether a gift given in the course of business is deductible are complex. The rules for business gifts generally follow those for business entertaining expenditure. This means that HMRC take the view that in general business

Dividend tax increase announced

The 1,25% increase in NIC contributions from April 2022 will be mirrored by a similar increase in the tax charge on dividends. From April 2022, the dividend tax increases will apply as follows:

Basic rate taxpayers will see an increase from the

Post cessation receipts and payments

There are special rules for the taxation of post-cessation receipts and expenses after a trade has ceased. These provisions also apply to professions and vocations as they apply to trades.

Tax relief may be available for post-cessation expenses of a

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