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Whatever happened to the wealth tax?

A new wealth tax to counter the cost of the pandemic was the talk of the financial pages not so long ago. Now it’s disappeared…or has it?

By the end of 2020, as the huge cost of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear, there was much discussion about the introduction of a wealth tax. It was given added impetus by the publication of a 126-page report from the Wealth Tax Commission, an independent think-tank launched in 2020.

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Are young adults missing out on their Child Trust Fund?

HMRC says many teenagers are missing out on their Child Trust Funds (CTFs), urging parents to check for hidden cash and forgotten accounts.

The first CTFs matured just over a year ago, at the start of September 2020. CTFs will continue to mature until January 2029 as their owners reach the magic age of 18. At present, about 55,000 CTFs mature each month.

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Capital gains tax receipts underline tempting target for Chancellor

New HMRC data shows that in 2019/20, £9.9b of capital gains tax (CGT) liabilities were created.

In July last year, the Chancellor unexpectedly asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to “review capital gains tax and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains in relation to individuals and smaller businesses”. The top tax rate currently sits at 28% (limited to residential property and carried interest) with 20% liability for other assets.

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Acuity: Financial & Tax Spring 2019

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Thinking ahead… don’t miss out this tax year

To ensure you don’t miss out on valuable allowances and exemptions that you are entitled to, you should plan and take advice now rather than leaving it until the end of the tax year, or the end of your financial year.
Tricia Halliday, Tax Director, provides some tips and suggestions for you to consider.
(1) The impact of bringing expenditure into this financial year, or deferring to the next, can have a significant impact on your tax position and financial results.
(2) Maximise and use of all allowances, credits and exemptions you are entitled to, for instance, capital allowances can represent a valuable tax deduction for your business. They can be claimed on a wide variety of capital assets including plant, machinery, equipment, fixtures & fittings and vehicles. Timing of expenditure should be considered carefully.
(3) If you are thinking about selling a business asset and a gain is likely to accrue – before you do, make sure you tax advantage the sale. For instance, tax due on an asset sale can be delayed by reinvesting the proceeds in another qualifying asset.
(4) Research & Development is another very valuable tax relief available to businesses involved in qualifying projects.  Business involved in developing new products, processes or services or enhancing existing products may qualify for additional relief. Check out the position as you might be surprised what can qualify and how much it could be worth to you.
(5) Any dividends you currently take in excess of the £2,000 dividend allowance will attract an income tax liability. Any dividends above that threshold but still in the basic rate tax band will be charged at 7.5%. Those in the higher rate band will be charged at 32.5%, and those in the additional rate band at 38.1%. If you haven’t already considered changing the way in which you balance your income and dividend payments, please get in touch to discuss your options.
(6) Contributing to a pension is an opportunity to benefit from tax relief. Company pension contributions can also be useful.
(7) Although not specifically a tax planning issue, there are a range of private and public sector grants available to businesses at all stages: pre-start, start-up, early stage and those looking to scale up to achieve their full potential. If you are creating jobs, safeguarding jobs, developing new products, services or processes or undertaking R&D in 2018-19 then it is worth a conversation with us to find out if your project will qualify for any grants or incentives.
(8) Making improvements to how you manage the business finances and record keeping can also improve profitability and cash flow. 
So make a resolution for 2019 especially if you will be using the Making Tax Digital system from 1 April 2019 to investigate a cloud accounting package >MTD for VAT more