HMRC Not So Merry With Wedding Venues

Farmers hiring out land and buildings for wedding ceremonies may have to pay back thousands in back tax following a failed VAT appeal earlier this year. Blue Chip Hotels failed in their appeal to overturn more than £50,000 in VAT. The company argued that, as it didn’t offer room hire for civil wedding ceremonies as … Continue reading HMRC Not So Merry With Wedding Venues

Tax Allowances for Caravans Used in the Business

You can claim tax relief, known as capital allowances, for plant and machinery that you keep to use in your business. Assuming all criteria are met, the cost of items such as tools, equipment, desks and computers can be offset against profits in the year in which they are incurred. This is subject to the annual … Continue reading Tax Allowances for Caravans Used in the Business

HMRC Agricultural Compliance Checks

In the rural sector, employers are being urged to check that they are paying the correct minimum wages rates where both the Agricultural Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage apply.  HMRC has launched a programme of compliance checks to ensure the correct rates are being paid and can ask to see any associated records.   … Continue reading HMRC Agricultural Compliance Checks

Are you a farmer or a landlord?

There has always been uncertainty over whether a landowner is a farmer or a landlord for tax purposes. There has however, been a recent useful decision by the First Tier Tribunal in the case of John Carlisle Allen which has helped to clarify the capital gains tax position (and the valuable entrepreneurs relief/rollover relief ) … Continue reading Are you a farmer or a landlord?

HMRC, The Dairy Farmer & The Disallowed Loss

The recent case of B and R Scambler v HMRC (TC4842) reinforces HMRC’s refusal to accept farming loss claims where they deem that the farm is not being run on a commercial basis. And there are many cases of this nature going to Tribunal. Assuming all criteria is satisfied, self-employment losses can be offset against … Continue reading HMRC, The Dairy Farmer & The Disallowed Loss

Tax Relief for Farmhouse Renovations

It is very likely that at some point your farmhouse and other buildings used in the farming business will require refurbishment, and it is important to be aware that whereas some repair expenditure can be relieved in the year it’s incurred (subject to a disallowed proportion for private use of buildings), alterations and improvements cannot. … Continue reading Tax Relief for Farmhouse Renovations

The Farmer and The Five-Year Rules

There are two five-year rules that every farmer should be aware of, both of which affect the tax they pay. One has been in place for quite some time and the other was introduced in April 2016. Here is a quick re-cap of both. The ‘five year loss’ rule seeks to ensure that farmers claim … Continue reading The Farmer and The Five-Year Rules

Your Redundant Farm Building could be Restricting your Inheritance Tax Relief

Agricultural Property Relief (APR), if obtained, allows an individual to pass on agricultural property, either in their Will or during their lifetime, free of Inheritance Tax (IHT). Business Property Relief (BPR) reduces the IHT payable on a wider class of qualifying business assets when they are left in a Will or passed on during lifetime. … Continue reading Your Redundant Farm Building could be Restricting your Inheritance Tax Relief

Tax Allowances on the Farm

Certain plant and machinery can qualify for what’s known as Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), which allows businesses to claim for the cost of the new asset (up the specified threshold) in the year of purchase. The current Annual Investment Allowance is £200,000 (in the year to 31 December 2015 the limit was £500,000) and it’s … Continue reading Tax Allowances on the Farm

The Farmhouse – Not Just Where The Farmer Lives!

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, but in the case of a farmer, his home is usually more of a business centre. The Farmhouse is an essential part of any farm operation, serving as an office, a store, a boardroom, a make-shift veterinary clinic as well as a works canteen and restroom.  As … Continue reading The Farmhouse – Not Just Where The Farmer Lives!