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How to register for self assessment

Do you have to register for self assessment?

There are a number of reasons why you may have to complete
a tax return for the first time –  if you:

• become a company director
• start to get income from land and property in the UK
• have taxable foreign income of more than £300
• sell shares, property or other assets liable to Capital Gains Tax
• have annual income of £100,000 or more
• get untaxed income which cannot be collected through your PAYE code.

The easiest way to register for Self Assessment is by doing it online.

  1. Visit the HMRC website and create a Government Gateway account.
  2. You will then receive your Unique Tax Payer Reference number (UTR).
  3. You will also receive an activation code to log into your account for the first time.
  4. You can then complete the registration form

If you’re filing online for the first time

Before you can sign in you must:

  • have your UTR – you’ll find your UTR on the registration letter HMRC sent you
  • enrol for the online service (you can do this when you create a Government Gateway account)
  • activate the service using the code you’ll be sent in the post

If you have filed tax returns before

If you’ve sent in tax returns before, you can use your existing Unique Taxpayer Reference number and log into your online account to file your returns. If you don’t have an account or UTR, you need to apply for them on the HMRC site. Again, you’re probably looking at a few weeks waiting time to get set up, so make sure you register early.

When you start working for yourself, registering for Self Assessment is the first part. You’ve got to do it as soon as possible, and you’ll get fined if you wait too long. The deadline for registration is the 5th of October in your business’s 2nd tax year. Don’t miss it!

 

Get in touch with In2Accounting for help and advice on getting yourself registered and preparing and submitting your self assessment tax return on time. 

02071128229 / [email protected]

 

Deadlines for Self Employed

The key dates that you must know about if you are a self-employed taxpayer are spread throughout the calendar year. If you put them in your diary now, you’re less likely to  miss them.

 

5 October 2017 – If you need to advise HMRC that you need to register for Self-Assessment for the next tax year, this is the deadline. If you became self-employed in the 2016 tax year, this is the deadline to register, through the submission of the CWF1 form for self-employment.

Learn how to register


31 October 2017 – If you want to file your individual tax return on paper instead of online, it must be submitted by 31 October.


31 January 2017 – This is the final deadline for online self-assessment tax returns, unless the notice to file the return was received from HMRC after 31 October 2016, in which case you have three months to file the return. The balance of any tax for the 2015-2016 tax year must be paid.

If you have to make payments on account for your tax bill – including Class 4 National Insurance if you are self employed – the first of those must be received by midnight on 31 January. If you think a previous tax return is wrong, you can amend the tax return for up to 12 months after 31 January.


1 February 2018 – This is when you will be automatically fined £100 if HMRC issued you with a 2016/17 tax return before 1 November 2016. Interest will start to accumulate on any unpaid tax.


5 April 2018 – This is the end of the 2017-2018 tax year.


6 April 2018 – This is the start of the 2018-2019 tax year.


31 May 2018 – Copies of P60 documents should be issued to any employees, where applicable.


6 July 2018 – Copies of P11D documents to be issued to employees, where applicable.


31 July 2018 – This is the deadline for the second payment on account to be made towards next year’s tax bill.

Corporation Tax Deadline Calculator

 


 

Corporation Tax FAQS

Some of the most commonly asked questions about Corporation Tax. Find your answers here or let contact us for more information.

What is an Accounting Period? Accounting periods are normally 12 months’ long, and they generally correspond with the financial year. An accounting period can be shorter than 12 months, but it cannot exceed 12 months. Your Corporation tax liability is determined by the amount in profits your company has over an accounting period.

When your corporation tax return due? This needs to reach HMRC to HMRC within 12 months after the end of each accounting period

What if you didn’t make a corporate profit? You still need to submit your accounts and tax return confirming this information within these deadlines.

What needs to be submitted? You need to prepare and submit Statutory Accounts and a Corporation Tax return (on form CT600) along with supporting calculations to show how the figures in your tax return were reached.

How to File a Corporation Tax Return?

A Corporation Tax return can be filed online via HMRC website on a form CT600. You need to be registered for Corporation Tax in order to be able to submit your Tax Return.

How to register for Corporation Tax?

When you register/form your company with Companies House, HMRC is automatically alerted of the formation of your company. They will send you a Welcome letter which will include what is known as a UTR number. This number is very important and you should keep it safely as it will be needed at every tax-related event in the future.

You need to register on HMRC website for Corporation Tax Online Services.

Get professional help with your Corporation Tax registration – included free in all our Fixed Fee Packages. View Packages

Corporation Tax Deadline Calculator

Try our corporation tax deadline calculator to calculate the dates your corporation tax return is due, the date your taxes need to be paid by and the date your annual accounts need to be submitted by.

Or get in touch with us on 02071128229 or [email protected] and we can help you calculate your due dates.

Auto Enrolment for Employers

Auto Enrolment requires employers to enrol eligible workers into a workplace pension scheme. Every employer is affected even if you only employ 1 person. The new regulations will be enforced by the Pensions Regulator.

When the UK government found too few workers were putting money into a pension, they introduced a new law – called automatic enrolment or ‘auto enrolment’ – to help fix the problem.

This means every employer must automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme if they are aged between 22 and the state pension age, earn more than £10,000 a year and work in the UK. This automatic enrolment is automatic from the employee perspective only – as an employer there are things which you need to do.

When is your Deadline/Staging Date?

Employers have been given various staging dates. These are dates on which they must start enrolling employees into workplace pension schemes. Staging started in 2012 and will continue until 2018 by which time companies of all sizes must be compliant.

You can find out your exact staging date on the Pensions Regulator Website.

You simply need to enter your PAYE reference number.

The PAYE Reference can be found on letters you have received from The Pensions Regulator about automatic enrolment. Alternatively, it can be found on the letter HMRC sent you when you first registered as an employer, or from your payroll software package.

  1. DUTY TO ASSESS YOUR EMPLOYEES

As an employer, you must auto enrol your qualifying employees into a qualifying pension scheme. They can choose to voluntarily opt out of the scheme, however, this should not be due to any persuasion from you as their employer.

An employee’s eligibility is based on an employee’s age and earnings.

Automatic Enrolment applies to:  

Those aged between 22 and 66 years

who earn at least £192 per week or £833 per month gross

Those younger than 22 or older than 66 have a right to opt-in to an eligible pension scheme but it is not automatic. Anyone earning less than £192 per week or £833 per month gross, cannot be enrolled in the scheme.

This table summarise Employee Eligibility

DO YOUR EMPLOYEES QUALIFY FOR AUTO ENROLMENT
AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT MANUAL ENROLLMENT NOT ELIGIBLE
SALARY: > £10000 gross per year SALARY: > £10000 gross per year SALARY <£10000 gross per year
AGE: 22 to 66 AGE: <22 years

AGE: >66 years

  1. YOUR DUTY TO ENROL QUALIFYING STAFF

You need to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme, and

make employer contributions on their behalf into that pension scheme.

Find a scheme here

  1. YOUR DUTY TO KEEP RECORDS

You must keep records to show that you have complied with Auto Enrolment. The law requires employers to retain documents relating to auto-enrolment for a period no less than six years.

  1. YOUR DUTY TO LET YOUR EMPLOYEES KNOW

You are required to write to each of your employees after your staging date to inform them of the changes:

  • their auto enrolment rights
  • how automatic enrolment applies to them
  • what you’ve done for them
  • why you’ve done it
  • the details of the pension scheme you’ve chosen for them
  • what contributions will be deducted from their pay
  • that they have a right to opt out of your pension scheme if they wish to.
  1. YOUR DUTY TO MAKE A DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE

You need to let the Pensions Regulator know that you have complete your the enrolment process.

You can do this by visiting the following link.

You will need your government gateway ID and employer reference number, PAYE scheme reference(s) for all PAYE schemes the employer use, details of the Pension Scheme you have chosen and more.

 

Income Tax Rates 2017/2018

Income Tax Rates 2017/2018

 

Income tax rates 2017/18 2016/17
  Starting rate limit (savings income) £5,000 £5,000
  Starting rate 0% 0%
Basic rate band – income up to £33,500 £32,000
  Basic rate 20% 20%
  Dividend ordinary rate 7.5% 7.5%
Higher rate – income over £33,500 £32,000
  Higher rate 40% 40%
  Dividend upper rate 32.5% 32.5%
Additional rate – income over £150,000 £150,000
  Additional rate 45% 45%
  Dividend additional rate 38.1% 38.1%
  1. If an individual’s taxable non-savings income exceeds the starting rate limit, then the starting rate will not be available for savings income. £1,000 of savings income for basic rate taxpayers (£500 for higher rate) may be tax-free.
  2.  The first £5,000 of dividends are tax-free
Personal allowance (PA)
Personal Allowance 1 £11,500 £11,000
Blind person’s allowance £2,320 £2,290
Married couple’s allowance (MCA)
Either partner born before 6 April 1935 (relief restricted to 10%) 2 £8,445 £8,355
Transferable tax allowance (‘Marriage Allowance’)
For certain married couples and civil partners born after 5 April 1935 (relief 20%) 3 £1,150 £1,100
Tax Shelters
Venture Capital Trust (VCT) up to £200,000 £200,000
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) up to £1,000,000 £1,000,000
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme up to £100,000 £100,000
Social Investment Tax Relief £1,000,000 £1,000,000

 

Startup Cost Calculator

Try our startup cost calculator – to estimate the costs of starting your business. Startup costs  generally refer to the costs incurred by you before your business is trading and established.

So for example you may be employing staff before you actually start trading – maybe to help you set up. Or you may need trade licenses before you can legally trade in your line of business – these would be startup costs.

 

If you need any help or advice on your startup venture – get in touch with us on 0207118229.

 

Tax Reliefs on Charitable Donations for Companies

Not many Company owners are aware that as a Limited Company you may be eligible for Tax Reliefs on Charitable donations that you make. And that doesn’t mean just making monetary donations – there are tax reliefs available for your company on a variety of charitable actions from Equipment to Your Employees Time! 

Not only are you helping people, animals, the environment – whatever you choice of charity maybe – but you can reduce your tax bill too. 

How it Works 

In a nutshell, the amount you donate is deducted from your Company profit pre-tax, therefore reducing the amount of tax your company will pay. 

 

What Types of Charitable Company Donations qualify for Tax Relief

  1. Donations of Employee time

If you allow your employees to spend some of their usual paid working hours performing charitable acts – you can deduct any costs as normal business expenses.

 

Continue to pay the employee and run PAYE on the salary as usual. You can deduct the costs (including wages and business expenses) from your taxable profits as if they are working for you as normal.

 

2. Donations for Trading Stock

If your company donates trading stock to a Charity, you can deduct the full cost of the stock from your pre-tax profits. 

 

3. Donations of Equipment

If you donate company equipment to a Charity, full capital allowances can be claimed on the cost of the equipment you donate. 

 

4. Donating Money 

While donating money is potentially the most common way in which Company may choose to Donate to charity, it also has more rules you need to adhere to, to make a valid and acceptable Company Charitable Donation. 

The money you donate cannot be a loan or in other words, you should not be expecting any kind of repayment in either in money or in services or any other restrictive conditions. 

You also cannot make the donation from Dividends or Company Profits. 

 

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR COMPANY TAX RELIEF ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS 

Company Tax Reliefs on Charitable donations are claimed through the Annual Company Tax Return in 3 different ways, depending on the type of donation your company has made. 

 

 

As an Expense

If your charitable donation was 

  • ‘Your Employees Time’ or
  • ‘Sponsorship’

As a Relief on Pre-Tax Profit

If your charitable donation was a donation of 

  • Money or
  • Stock

As a 100% Capital Allowance

If your donation was Company Equipment  

 

 It’s worth noting that although it is not an all together complicated process to claim your tax relief, you need to record charity donations and payments correctly in order to successfully your obtain tax relief. For example, the type of payment or donation governs where and how you record the transaction in your accounts – which could become a bit complex depending on the type of donation you have made. 

 

Get in touch with our team of experienced accountants and we can help you ensure your Tax Return is completed correctly to show that your Charitable Donations are eligible for Tax Reliefs. 

 

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R&D Tax Credits for Small Businesses

Research and Development Tax Credits (R&D Tax Credits) 

Although the R&D Tax Credits Scheme has been in place since 2000 many businesses are not aware that they are eligible for these tax credits. Currently, £2 billion in tax credits are being claimed every year.

R&D tax credits are a key part of the government’s strategy to support innovation in the UK.

The R&D Tax Credits incentive scheme is essentially designed to encourage innovation and increase business spending on R&D activities for companies operating in the United Kingdom. It’s one of the government’s most rewarding incentives for encouraging investment in research and development and allows up to 33.35% of a company’s R&D spend to be recovered as a cash repayment..

So one might wonder, what is the catch? 

 

Well, there are restrictions which apply to what can be considered ‘Eligible R&D Expenditure’
Firstly, your business needs to be spending a minimum of £20000 on R&D.
Secondly, your business needs to be actively trading and a going concern.
Lastly, your business should not have paid for the R&D expenses using any other government funding.

What are costs can you claim on?

  • Expenditure on staff including salaries, employer’s NIC and pension contributions.
  • Expenditure on subcontractors and freelancers.
  • Expenditure on materials and consumables including heat, light and power that are used up or transformed by the R&D process.
  • Expenditure on some types of software.

 

How Much R&D Tax Relief are you eligible for?
This depends on whether your business is in loss or profit.

If your business in profit, you are eligible for 26%
If your business is in loss, you are eligible for the higher tax credits rate of 33.35%

 

What is the claims process like?
HMRC processes R&D tax credits. The processing time is only 4 to 6 weeks. The claim can be made via your Company Tax Return (CT600). It is advisable to include an R&D Tax Credits Claim Report to justify the expenses that you are claiming. In either case, you may be contacted by an HMRC agent to verify information in your report or be asked to submit further evidence to support your claims. In some cases, an HMRC agent may need to visit your site to perform further verification checks related to your claim.

 

How can In2Accounting Help ? 

We can assist you with the analysis of your expenditure and calculation of your potential R&D tax credits. We can also submit your Tax Return and R&D Claim. While it is not required, but highly recommended for a successful claim – we will also write your R&D Claim Report detailing your expenditures and their attributes which make them eligible for tax credits.

For a quick, efficient and afforable service get in touch with In2Accounting Team on 02071128229 or email us on [email protected]

 

Learn more about R&D Tax Credits on HMRC Website.

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