Can You Save Tax with Five-Year Farmer’s Averaging?

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?

Concern For Rural Businesses Over Changes to Business Rates

The Countryside Alliance has joined rural businesses and local councils in expressing concern over changes to business rates being proposed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and the Government, with Welsh MP, Glynn Davies, even declaring there could be an “uprising” as a consequence of the proposals. The changes, expected to be implemented in the … Continue reading Concern For Rural Businesses Over Changes to Business Rates

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

HMRC Warns Farmers To Declare Subsidies On Tax Returns

Farmers claiming the BPS are being reminded by HM Revenue & Customs that these support payments must be included on their tax returns to avoid possible fines. Several farmers have been written to by HMRC reminding them that subsidies are taxable and need to be declared on tax returns. Some may be worried by the … Continue reading HMRC Warns Farmers To Declare Subsidies On Tax Returns

Happy Holidays From Green & Co

As we take our Christmas break at the end of another productive year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal blog readers! Whether you are already a client, a prospective client, or just like to read our informative articles each week, it is you who keeps this blog going. Working … Continue reading Happy Holidays From Green & Co

Farmers Averaging Election Success

We are delighted that lobbying on the proposed extension of Farmers’ Averaging Elections from 2 years to 5 years has paid dividends. It was announced in the budget that farmers will have the option of either 2 year or 5 year averaging. We were very worried that the initial proposal to only allow 5 year … Continue reading Farmers Averaging Election Success

Farm Groups Call For Flexibility

Farm groups NFU and the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) have called for HMRC to have flexibility on the implementation of the new five year period for tax averaging. In his budget earlier this year, the Chancellor made the concession after it was argued that help was needed  for British farmers to better cope … Continue reading Farm Groups Call For Flexibility