16 January 2015

Revenue Scotland

Revenue Scotland starts to administer devolved taxes in Scotland from today beginning with the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“Stamp Duty”) and the Scottish Landfill Tax.

Angus Nicolson

12 January 2015

Travel expenses and Personal Service Coys

Individuals who work through their own personal service companies (PSC) could lose the ability to claim a tax deduction for the cost of travelling to their clients’ premises. Rebecca Cave explains why the government is suggesting this fundamental shift in the tax rules.

Angus Nicolson

23 December 2014

Advisory fuel rates

The HMRC advisory fuel rates have been changed with effect for all journeys undertaken on or after 1 December 2014. Until that date, the rates in brackets can be used. These rates only apply to employees using a company car on business purposes.

Angus Nicolson

9 December 2014

VAT on internet sales inside the EU

You can submit a single calendar quarterly return and VAT payment to HMRC, who will send the appropriate information and payment to each relevant member state’s tax authority.

Angus Nicolson

20 October 2014

VAT on single-use carrier bags

As of today, a 5p charge is levieed by the retailer on every single-use carrier bag sold in Scotland.  Similar schemes have already been introduced in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Angus Nicolson

30 September 2014

National Minimum Wage

The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour, with more than 1 million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

Angus Nicolson

14 September 2014

Scottish referendum

With the referendum at the forefront of many peoples minds, we have been asked by a large number of Scottish clients what they should be doing and how they can mitigate any risks, in the event of the Yes campaign being successful.

Angus Nicolson

23 July 2014

Encrypted communications

In light of the recent DRIP Act (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act) none can guarantee that any communications by email that are not encrypted are secure.

Angus Nicolson

26 June 2014

Annual Investment Allowance

HMRC have recently issued an employer education email about the Annual Investment Allowance (“AIA”), which we think clearly and simply outlines the availability of AIA and most of the conditions.

Angus Nicolson

4 June 2014

VAT complexities

All too often VAT is assumed to be straight forward and simple by those who have been registered for some time, and who forget the complexities that can easily arise.

Angus Nicolson

22 April 2014

How to Deregister for Machine Games Duty

On receipt of your correct and complete deregistration notice (either an electronic notification or a notice submitted in writing), HMRC will remove your name from the MGD Register within 14 days from the date specified in your notification. HMRC will write to you to confirm your deregistration.

Angus Nicolson

5 April 2014

Electronic tax checklists

From this week, clients will be receiving a personalised electronic tax checklist sent direct to their email address, which will allow clients to upload and send us all the information necessary for the preparation of the 2014 Tax Return.

Angus Nicolson

25 March 2014

RTI – Tax year end processes

Now that you are reporting PAYE information in real time, you don’t need to send forms P35 and P14 at the end of this tax year. Instead, just send your real-time PAYE submission as normal and answer a few extra questions. It is very easy to do. This step-by-step guide shows you how.

Angus Nicolson

19 March 2014

Registration at Tax Offices (update)

A number of our clients are reporting that they have been to the Tax Office in Norway to prove their identity as advised on previous correspondence from Skatteetaten.

Angus Nicolson

14 March 2014

£2,000 employment allowance discount

Starting in April 2014 the employment allowance (EA) will be available to all employers with fewer than 250 employees (including directors). It will be worth up to £2,000 per tax year and will be given in the form of a credit against your employers’ NI contributions.

Angus Nicolson

7 March 2014

Over the Lifetime Allowance?

Doctors, senior professionals and even headteachers saving into final salary pensions are in the danger zone for hefty tax charges when the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) falls in April.

Angus Nicolson

11 February 2014

Check your tax code

It is always very important to check your tax code to make sure that you are receiving all the allowances to which you are entitled and to ensure that all your income is being properly taxed.

Angus Nicolson

23 January 2014

Tax charge on child benefit

If you earn more than £50,000 and you or your partner receive child benefit, then you need to take action before the end of January to notify HMRC of your potential additional tax charge.

Angus Nicolson

13 January 2014

HMRC to start sending email

Email which you receive which purports to come from HMRC it is almost certainly a scam, but later this year they are likely to start issuing some very important emails to taxpayers.

Angus Nicolson

9 January 2014

Contractor ‘offshore loan schemes’

We have long been advising clients to avoid these schemes, which were similar in structure to the notorious offshore Employee Benefit Trusts, so beloved of footballers, amongst others.

Angus Nicolson

18 December 2013

Our new advert

This is the new advert for Nicolson Accountancy which will be displayed on screens all over Scotland in the coming months and years.

Angus Nicolson

25 July 2013

Daily tax penalties cancelled

In the recent joined tribunal cases of Morgan v HMRC and Donaldson v HMRC (TC 9096 and 8431) the procedure which lay behind issuing £10 daily late filing penalties was challenged.

Angus Nicolson

12 April 2013

Loan recycling

Sadly the Inland Revenue have signalled their intent to clamp down on loan recycling with effect from 20 March 2013. The details aren’t available yet, but the Budget made it clear that general provisions to prevent this happening will be introduced soon.

Angus Nicolson

4 April 2013

VAT defaulters campaign

HMRC are focussing on those with VAT Returns in arrears in an effort to bring everything up to date, as they obviously believe that there are huge possible defaults.

Angus Nicolson

7 March 2013

Who is Scottish taxpayer?

Last year HMRC kindly clarified the scope of the forthcoming Scottish rate of income tax. The Scotland Act 2012 inserts new sections 80D-80F into the Scotland Act 1998, which define who will be a Scottish taxpayer.

Angus Nicolson

29 January 2013

Vat Outstanding Returns campaign

HMRC has recently announced a VAT campaign to try and bring all VAT registered business into full compliance. All businesses have until the end of February to bring all their outstanding VAT Returns up to date, or to register for VAT if they exceed the registration threshold of £77,000 in taxable sales over the previous 12 months.

Angus Nicolson

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