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Category: Tax Relief

How can you save on capital gains tax?

How can you save on capital gains tax?

Over the last two years, the tax-free allowance for capital gains tax has been cut by over three-quarters. For the tax year that recently began on 6 April 2024, the Annual Exempt Amount has been reduced to £3,000 (£1,500 for trustees). These reductions mean that more and more of us are likely to be affected by capital gains tax.

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Hybrid working – what counts as a business journey for tax purposes?

Hybrid working – what counts as a business journey for tax purposes?

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated their guidance on what qualifies as ordinary commuting and private travel for tax purposes to include hybrid or flexible working. Generally, where an employee works at home as an objective requirement of the job, then HMRC will usually accept that the employee is entitled to tax relief for the expenses of travelling from their home to another workplace, such as the office, when this is in performance of the duties of their job.

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Don’t get caught out by tax avoidance

Don’t get caught out by tax avoidance

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are running a campaign to help people avoid being caught out by tax avoidance schemes. This is particularly relevant to those who are contractors, agency workers, or are working through an umbrella company.

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New R&D tax relief guidance available

New R&D tax relief guidance available

For accounting periods beginning on or after 1 April 2024, a new merged scheme for research and development tax credit comes into force. The new merged scheme replaces the old RDEC and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) schemes. The new scheme reduces the amount of benefit that would generally have been received under the old scheme.

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Are training costs tax deductible for the self-employed?

Are training costs tax deductible for the self-employed?

HM Revenue & Customs have recently updated and clarified their guidance on training costs paid by the self-employed. The general rule for whether the cost of a training course can be deducted from your self-employed profits is that it must be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade being carried out by the business at the time that the training is undertaken.

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