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  • Snapshot roundup of Autumn Statement 2014


    18.12.14

    Genevieve Moore, partner at Blick Rothenberg, comments on the rise of the 40% threshold to £42,385: "138,000 people taken out of higher rate tax with the first increase in the 40% bracket for five years is a welcome announcement but there is still a long way to go before the £50,000 higher rate bracket is achieved."

    Source: Accountancy Live [online]
  • Christmas party 'could bring tax shock'


    17.12.14

    Andy Sanford, partner at Blick Rothenberg, warns of tax charges employees may be exposed to following their Christmas party, suggesting firms enter a settlement agreement where employers cover the cost rather than the employee.

  • Ask the experts - I'm facing a CPO on my buy-to-let. Will I have to pay CGT?


    11.12.14

    Nimesh Shah, partner at Blick Rothenberg, answers a readers question on CGT exemptions for landlords who are forced to sell. He comments "The amount of relief depends on whether you have occupied, or are ‘deemed’ to have occupied, the property,"

    "The most common form of deemed occupation is the last 18 months of ownership of the property, and this is available if the property in question has been your only or main residence at some point."

    "You may be able to claim what is known as roll-over relief in relation to the capital gain if you reinvest the proceeds in a new property,"

    "Roll-over relief effectively defers the capital gain until the new asset is sold in the future. The benefit is that you do not have to pay the capital gains tax now."

    Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Stealth tax trap swells numbers paying 40%


    07.12.14

    Susan Spash, partner at Blick Rothenberg comments on the number of people subject to the penal effective rate of income of tax 60%: "While the threshold at which individuals will pay 40% tax on their income will increase, the level at which the 45% rate of income tax applies remains unchanged at over £150,000, as does the threshold of £100,000 at which the personal allowance is clawed back.

    "This will mean that increasing numbers will be subject to the penal effective rate of income tax of 60% in the £21,200 band above £100,000 while their allowance is clawed back."

    Source: The Sunday Times
  • Quick fixes: Transfer of inheritance tax


    07.12.14

    Mai Brown, trust director at Blick Rothenberg, gives advice to a reader on inheritance tax allowance following the death of a spouse.

    Source: The Sunday Times
  • Tax devolution: developments for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


    06.12.14

    Following a recent report published by the Smith Commission detailing new devolved powers for Scotland, Frank Nash, partner at Blick Rothenberg comments: "The problem is that the Scottish government will not only have to put in place new tax administration processes which they will have to fund themselves, but they will also now receive a bill from the Treasury to cover the costs of introducing the Scottish tax and devolved benefits. This is all going to affect their bottom line and lead to high uncertainty both from a personal and business tax perspective."

    Source: The Tax Journal
  • Autumn Statement 2014: Are you a winner or a loser from the autumn statement?


    06.12.14

    Paul Haywood-Schiefer, personal tax senior at Blick Rothenberg, comments on the winners and losers of the autumn statement: "For employed earners, the autumn statement brought some winter cheer with news that the personal allowance will be increased to £10,600. Coupled with the amendments to the basic rate tax and the NI bands, the biggest gains are made by those people who were already higher-rate taxpayers but earned less than £100,000 - the point at which the personal allowance starts to reduce. Those who have no personal allowance will be £56 a year worse off".

    Source: The Guardian
  • Autumn Statement 2014: Expert Advice


    04.12.14

    Following the chancellor's autumn statement, Susan Spash, partner at Blick Rothenberg, comments on the implication for middle earners and provides her 'top tip'.

    Source: The Times
  • Autumn Statement 2014: 40% tax threshold rises to £42,385


    03.12.14

    Following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Genevieve Moore, partner at Blick Rothenberg comments on the rise of the 40% tax threshold. She says: "138,000 people taken out of higher rate tax with the first increase in the 40% bracket for five years is a welcome announcement but still a long way to go before the £50,000 higher rate bracket is achieved."

  • Autumn Statement 2014: Tax on dividends changed with 'B share' review


    03.12.14

    Following the Chancellors announcement to remove the unfair tax advantage provided by 'B' share schemes, Paul Smith, partner at Blick Rothenberg, comments: "Currently, where small individual shareholders receive modest returns by way of such capital gains, no tax is payable if the amounts are below £11,000 and therefore fall within the annual exemption.

    ‘Following the change such gains will be liable to tax as dividends at the effective rates of 25% or 30.6% for higher rate tax payers"

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