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2022 Tax Tips
This guide highlights 50 ways in which you can currently use certain tax reliefs to your advantage, and how to avoid some of the tax penalties. It can help you navigate the complexity of certain tax rules and create more tax-efficient plans.
2022 Spring Budget Tax Tables
2022 Spring Budget Tax Tables. Allowances, tables and all the data necessary to handle your tax affairs.
Making The Most Of Fringe Benefits
Based on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics, private medical and dental cover is by far the most popular taxable benefit provided to employees and directors. Perhaps no surprise given how easy this benefit is for employers to arrange, but there is a whole range of wellbeing benefits which employers can also provide with minimum extra effort.
You And Yours – Estate Planning
All too often, people put off estate planning. This is understandable as, it requires you to consider what will happen when your life is over, hardly something most of us rush to contemplate.
Investing Tax Efficiently
The way that investments are taxed has changed over recent years as successive governments have chosen to handle various sources of investment income in different ways.
Making Tax Digital
HMRC has embarked on a ten-year plan to modernise the UK’s tax administration system by 2030 to facilitate more digital reporting in ‘real time’, i.e. closer to the time of transactions. This project includes the restructure of HMRC’s own internal systems.
Off Payroll Working
If you work as a contractor, there are three different possible tax treatments which could apply to your engagements depending on your circumstances. For contracts not subject to the off-payroll working (IR35) rules, whether working in the private or public sector, you will be in a position to withdraw profits on a very advantageous tax basis.
Pension Tax Planning For High Earners
If you are a high earner and feel you are paying more and more tax, you are not alone. Increasing the tax burden for higher earners has been a deliberate policy of successive governments. Higher and additional rate taxpayers now pay about two thirds of all income tax.
Retirement And Tax
Tax does not disappear once you start the retirement process. While your income is likely to fall when you cease work completely, you will still have an income tax liability if your pension and other incomes exceed your available allowances.
Starting And Selling A Business
With Covid-19 restrictions currently largely lifted, starting a new business, particularly in bricks and mortar, may again be viable. The economic recovery is looking more positive, according to figures from Office of Budget Responsibility released with the autumn Budget in October.
Although the furlough scheme has now ended and staff shortages and supply chain issues are ongoing, there was positive news in the Budget around reliefs on business rates and other measures. The degree of return to pre-Covid 19 levels of activity is mixed, so business plans will need to factor in this range of issues.
Strategies For A High Tax Environment
The income tax system has changed significantly in recent years. Until the spring 2021 Budget, governments had focused on increasing the personal allowance, but despite this the number of income tax payers today is much the same as in 2010/11.
At the same time, the share of income tax paid by those with higher incomes has increased: the share of total income tax receipts paid by the top 25% of taxpayers rose from 71.3% in 2010/11 to an estimated 76.0% in 2021/22.
Tax Allowances For Business Investment
The current high level of annual investment allowance for plant and machinery means that for many businesses there is no immediate difference between capital and revenue expenditure.
For companies, the situation might be even better than this because of the introduction of a 130% super-deduction for the two-year period from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023. However, where such reliefs are not available, it is important that you benefit from any other available tax relief for capital expenditure.
Taxation of property
Becoming a landlord has been an attractive proposition for anyone who could raise a deposit, thanks to a prolonged period of low borrowing costs and generally rising property values.
The housing market, helped by the temporary cut to stamp duty, has performed exceptionally well over the past year, with prices now some 13% above pre-pandemic levels. Even though the stamp duty cut has now ended, there is no sign of house price inflation easing off. However, the longer-term impact of the UK leaving the EU does need to be factored in, and interest rates are expected to rise during 2022.