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  • Tax-free childcare now open to under 9s

    Newsletter issue - February 2018. In April 2017 HMRC started rolling out tax-free childcare, a scheme designed to help working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children. The scheme is now open (from 15 January 2018) to parents whose youngest child…Read More

  • Two million couples still missing out on Marriage Allowance

    Newsletter issue - February 2018.Recent government statistics indicate that out of four million eligible couples, around half are still not benefiting from the income tax Marriage Allowance (MA). The allowance was first introduced in April 2015, which means that a backdated claim made in 2017/18 could be worth up to £662. It's worth checking to…Read More

  • HMRC clarify VAT treatment of affiliation fees for sports clubs

    Newsletter issue - February 2018.HMRC recently published a reminder that the concession enabling clubs to treat affiliation fees as exempt from VAT, will be withdrawn with effect from 1 April 2018. A sport's governing body, or similar umbrella organisation, often charges an affiliation fee to individual clubs who make an onward charge to their members.…Read More

  • Latest MTD progress

    Newsletter issue - February 2018.Draft regulations, together with a draft explanatory memorandum and a draft VAT Notice, covering required changes to the VAT regime under the Making Tax Digital (MTD) project were published for consultation in December 2017. The consultation runs until 9 February 2018, and it is expected that live pilot testing will then…Read More

  • February questions and answers

    Newsletter issue - February 2018.Q. I own several properties jointly with my son. Most of them are rented out, but my son has lived in one of them for five years. My son is now considering buying a house on his own and this will become his main residence. Will he have to pay the…Read More

  • February key tax dates

    Newsletter issue - February 2018.2 - Last day for car change notifications in the quarter to 5 January - Use P46 Car 19/22 - PAYE/NIC, student loan and CIS deductions due for month to 5/2/2018 28 - First 5% penalty surcharge on any 2016/17 outstanding tax due on 31 January 2018 still unpaidRead More

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