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  • What is a reasonable excuse for missing your tax return payment?


    Paul Haywood-Schiefer, assistant manager at Blick Rothenberg, says: "Anyone who hasn't submitted their self-assessment tax return by now should be looking to get this done and pay any liability as soon as possible. People shouldn't bury their heads in the sand and think the problem will go away, it will only get worse, as penalties will be levied and eventually HMRC will take action to collect these and any tax owing."

    Source: Small Business (Web)
  • Self-assessment deadline: beat the tax return rush with our cheat sheet


    Stefanie Stapleton, personal tax manager at Blick Rothenberg, said: "Individuals with two employments earning over approximately £42,000 may overpay Class 1 and HMRC can overlook notifying you of NIC overpayments."

    Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Should I pay inheritance tax in the UK or Ireland?


    In Ireland, capital acquisitions tax (CAT) is payable if the donor (in this case, your stepmother) or the beneficiary is Irish resident, or the subject of the gift or inheritance is situated in Ireland, writes Susan Spash, partner at Blick Rothenberg.

    Source: Financial Times
  • HMRC's top 10 bonkers excuses for late tax returns


    Susan Spash, partner at Blick Rothenberg, said: "Whilst it is well publicised that the main online filing deadline for self-assessment is 31 January, after the end of the tax year in April, certain taxpayers can obtain a cash flow advantage if they file a month earlier.

    "Taxpayers in PAYE employment who have underpaid tax for 2015/16 of less than £3,000 and file online by midnight on 30 December 2016 can request within the online return that the payment is collected in equal instalments by deduction from pay under the PAYE scheme."

    Source: CCH Daily
  • Christmas: Giving and not receiving the hefty tax bills


    Yadvinder Rihal, Employment Taxes Manager at Blick Rothenberg, said: "Each of these is a taxable benefit, regardless of cost, and would need to be reported on forms P11D as a benefit.

    "However, HMRC do not always like to be seen as Scrooge and the introduction of the new trivial benefits exemption can apply. This includes items such as a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, flowers or a seasonal gift provided the cost is less than £50.

    "Where the cost of the gift is not trivial then it will need to be reported on P11D as a benefit. Should the employer decide that this is not practicable or appropriate given that this is a gesture of good will, they may pay the tax and NIC due in their PSA. In this case employers would be paying the tax on a grossed up basis i.e. paying tax on the tax."

    Source: CCH Daily
  • Best Wealth Manager for Inheritance Tax and Succession Planning


    Blick Rothenberg takes an individual, integrated approach to inheritance tax (IHT) and succession planning, offering tailored solutions to clients in order to ensure smooth transitions to the next generation. The company works with a broad range of clients, ranging from large and complex trusts and estates to clients with a small number of assets, works closely with solicitors and is a firmly relationship-focused company.

    Blick Rothenberg has earned a particularly strong reputation for its experience in the use of trusts to assist in tax and succession planning and takes a holistic approach to estate planning.

    The company was founded in 1945 in the City of London and today has grown to a 28-partner company offering audit, assurance and business advisory services, as well as advice on corporate and personal tax matters. Earlier this year private equity company HgCapital made an investment in it, enabling it to grow while maintaining control of its strong client relationships.

    Source: Investors Chronicle
  • Back-pedalling on perks


    Nimesh Shah of the accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg pointed out: “The autumn statement notes say that all salary sacrifice arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected for one year.

    “Some arrangements will be protected for four years. Those benefits that are widely caught include gym membership, mobile phones and parking. Gymschemes seem to be causing most anxiety because peoplefeeltheyshouldnotbepenalised for keeping fit.”

    Source: The Sunday Times
  • 'The higher-rate tax threshold will reach £50,000 by 2020'


    Caroline Le Jeune, head of private clients at accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg said: "It makes little sense for homes to be given special inheritance tax treatment. It would be much simpler and less discriminatory to just increase the standard nil rate band to £500,000 per person.”

    Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Autumn Statement: Experts give their verdicts


    Nimesh Shah, partner at Blick Rothenberg said: "In an interesting twist, the chancellor announced that the annual Budget will now take place in the Autumn and the Spring announcement will be a general update on the public finances (starting from 2018). This is welcomed and it is hugely refreshing that the government will move to a single Budget to avoid the regular plethora of tax policy changes throughout the year. Hopefully, the new timetable will act as a longer-term objective to simplify the UK’s tax legislation and not constantly add to it.

    "In keeping with recent tax announcements, there will be further measures against tax avoidance. Since 2010, the government claims that it has raised £130bn through countered tax avoidance measures and the UK’s tax gap remains one of the lowest in the world.

    "However, further tax avoidance deterrents are to be introduced, including targeting self-employed individuals who avoid paying tax on payments or profits by using “disguised remuneration” arrangements. This will put self-employed individuals on a level playing field with employees."

    Source: Financial Times
  • Non-doms to benefit from changes in business investment relief


    “The government has been surprised by the lack of take-up of the scheme,” said Nimesh Shah, a partner at Blick Rothenberg, the accountants. “There have also been some ‘bear traps’ within the scheme that have made non-doms wary.”

    These had included avoidance measures to prevent individuals benefiting from tax-free income from companies in which they invest, Mr Shah explained.

    “The scheme needs to be made simpler and easier to use,” he added. “There needs to be more publicity around it.”

    Source: Financial Times
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