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[04.09.2019]

Trading income priority rules

There is specific tax legislation that seeks to determine which charge takes priority where two different charges could potentially apply to the same income. These rules are known as the 'priority rules'.

HMRC manuals state that for Income

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[28.08.2019]

A reminder of the ‘badges of trade’

The 'badges of trade' tests, whilst not conclusive, are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic / business activity or merely a money-making side-line to a hobby. Careful consideration needs to be given to

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[20.08.2019]

When are scholarships taxable as benefits?

The holder of a scholarship is exempt from a charge to Income Tax on income from a scholarship when receiving full-time education at a university, college, school or other educational establishment.

Please note, that the provision of a scholarship

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[20.08.2019]

Taxation of miscellaneous income

There are special rules, known as the miscellaneous income sweep-up provisions, that seek to charge tax on certain income. This unusual provision, which is broad in scope, catches certain income that would not otherwise be charged under specific

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[30.07.2019]

Keeping records if self-employed

If you are self-employed as a sole trader or as a partner in a business partnership, then you must keep suitable business records as well as separate personal records of your income.

For tax purposes, the business records must be held for at least 5

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[22.07.2019]

Applying to register a trade mark

The process of registering a trade mark can be very complex, and careful due diligence must be undertaken to decide what exactly is being trade marked and in which jurisdictions. It is possible to make a UK only trade mark application or a European

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[22.07.2019]

Who is eligible to use the cash basis?

The cash basis scheme helps many sole traders and other unincorporated businesses benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The scheme allows

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[01.07.2019]

Tax-Free childcare in the school holidays

As the school holidays fast approach, many parents face having to organise extra school holiday childcare over the summer months.

HMRC is reminding parents that the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme can help if you have children aged 0-11 years old.

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[26.06.2019]

How ISAs work

An ISA is a tax exempt savings account available to UK residents. Whilst the amount invested in an ISA does not benefit from tax relief the income and gains are free from most taxes including Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Eligible holdings

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[11.06.2019]

Cashback schemes and tax

Statement of Practice 4/97 sets out HMRC’s views on the correct treatment for tax purposes of commission, cashbacks and discounts. Cashbacks are taken to mean lump sums received by a customer as an inducement for entering into a transaction for

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