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Directors and National Insurance

Directors are classed as employees and pay National Insurance on annual income from salary and bonuses that exceed the Primary Threshold. The annual threshold is £12,570 in the current 2024-25 tax year. Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any balance of remuneration as dividends. This tends to reduce National Insurance Contributions (NICs), and in some case income tax. The...

Deferring National Insurance payments

In certain circumstances, employees who hold more than one job can defer or delay the payment of Class 1 National Insurance. This deferment can be considered when any of the following apply: You pay Class 1 National Insurance with more than one employer. You earn £967 or more per week from one job over the tax year. You earn £1,209 or more per week from 2 jobs over the tax year. This deferral...

Checking your National Insurance records

There is an online service available on HMRC to check your National Insurance Contributions (NIC) record online. The service is available at https://www.gov.uk/check-national-insurance-record In order to use this service, you will need to have a Government Gateway account. If you do not have an account, you can apply to set one up online. By signing in to the 'Check your National Insurance...

Connected persons for tax purposes

The definition of a connected person for tax purposes varies. A statutory definition of “connected persons” for Capital Gains Tax...

Tax and employee share schemes

There are a number of government approved share schemes which offer various incentives to employees. The rules of the schemes...

Tax relief for training costs

If you are self-employed it is important to know if an expense is tax allowable. Any allowable costs can be...

Post cessation transactions

Tax relief may be available for post-cessation expenses of a trade. To be an allowable post-cessation expense the trade must...

Reclaiming pre-trading VAT

There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registered for VAT. This type of...

Are we unpaid tax collectors?

Business owners often refer to VAT as if it were a cost to their business regardless of their VAT position;...

Child Benefit for 16 – 19 year olds

More than a million parents will receive reminders to extend Child Benefit for their teenagers if they are continuing their...

by Andrew Stanton

Mitigating Labour VAT on private school fees

Explore the potential Labour VAT threat on private school fees and prepayment strategy to swerve the VAT risk.

Multiple Dwellings Relief for SDLT

It was announced as part of the Spring Budget 2023 that Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) was being abolished. This change...
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