Many farm businesses diversify from traditional farming to other related activities such as livery or hay making for horses. This may be a result of lifestyle changes or perhaps other potential incentives aligned with the Government’s so called Green Brexit. In such circumstances, they need to be aware of the impact that such a change … Continue reading Preserve Tax Relief on Farming Diversification
The Welsh Government’s Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford, has recently proposed a punitive tax on vacant land which is not used for building. There are few details currently available, but it appears that this tax is intended to target vacant development land held by developers or those who speculatively accumulate plots. However there is a risk … Continue reading New Vacant Land Tax Proposed by Welsh Government
A new Land Transaction Tax (LTT) will come into effect in Wales from 1st April 2018, replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). The move comes as part of a wider pattern of fiscal devolution which will see Wales bearing responsibility for raising part of its own tax revenue for the first time in nearly 800 … Continue reading New Welsh Land Transaction Tax
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have moved to reassure some farmers that paper returns will still be accepted when Making VAT Digital comes into force in 2019. Under the new system, which commences 1 April 2019, businesses operating above the VAT threshold of £85,000 are required to keep digital records and submit VAT returns online. … Continue reading Making Tax Digital: Paper VAT Returns Will Still Be Accepted
Estate planning is the process of deciding what should happen to your assets after your death or if you become incapacitated, and taking the steps necessary to ensure your decisions will be carried out. There are 6 key steps: Identify all the assets and liabilities. It is surprisingly easy to overlook items like BPS entitlements, … Continue reading 6 Steps to Estate Planning
The Nil Rate Band (NRB), also known as the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold, is the amount up to which an Estate has no IHT to pay. The current allowance available on the Estate of an individual is £325,000; anything above this is taxed at 40%. The NRB applies to property passing on death together with … Continue reading What is the Nil Rate Band?
The introduction of the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) may have a substantial impact on Inheritance Tax (IHT) Planning and how farmers pass on their assets, possibly tax-free. The new allowance was introduced back in April 2017 at an initial threshold of £100,000, which will rise to £175,000 by April 2020. This threshold is per … Continue reading How Does the Residence Nil Rate Band Affect Farmers?
You should by now have filed, or be the process of preparing, your tax returns for 2016/17. Have you remembered however, that as of 6 April 2016, farmers have the option to average their profits over five years? Two-year averaging is still available, and you can choose which is most beneficial for you – two-year, … Continue reading Can You Save Tax with Five-Year Farmer’s Averaging?
Business Property Relief (BPR) can exempt assets from Inheritance Tax (IHT) on the basis that they were used in a genuine business, assuming all other qualifying criteria is met. It is not available where the business activity is wholly or predominantly holding investments. In The Estate of Maureen W Vigne (deceased) v HMRC , HMRC … Continue reading Taxpayer Victory: Tribunal Grants Inheritance Tax Relief to Livery
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