The Budget: an end to austerity?

The 2018 Budget – delivered on a Monday for the first time since 1962 – produced a number of surprises, not least some high-profile ‘giveaways’. Announcements in the Budget included: A £650 increase in the personal allowance to £12,500 for 2019/20, the level originally pencilled in for 2020/21. A £3,650 increase in the higher rate […]

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Trick or treat? Chancellors budget set for late October

The 2018 Budget has been set for Monday 29 October, setting a deadline for speculation and proposals. Mr Hammond, however, has indicated that he won’t end the long spell of austerity measures, despite improving public finances. Proposals raised by think tanks and professional bodies include overhauls of income and inheritance tax, ‘pension tax relief simplification’, and […]

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Running a home office – can you claim on expenses?

Working from home - claiming expenses

As more and more people choose to work from home, the question of how you can reclaim any home office expenses is frequently asked. The general HMRC rule for claiming tax relief on business expenses is that you can only reclaim costs that have been ‘wholly and exclusively’ incurred in connection with your trade. If […]

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VAT on Residential Property Projects

VAT on residential property projects

‘I’m starting a project converting and improving a run-down property for residential letting purposes. My builder says he must charge me 20% VAT as he is VAT registered.  Is this correct?’ In some cases your builder would be correct; however in many situations you should actually be charged a reduced rate of VAT, at 5% or even […]

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Key points and changes from the Autumn 2017 Budget

Autumn budget 2017

Property First-time buyers now will not pay any stamp duty on properties up to £300,000, and for London, the first £300,000 on properties up to £500,000 will be exempt. This can be a significant saving for first time buyers, benefiting almost all first-time buyers. Councils have been given power to charge 100% council tax premiums […]

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