Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of mean tested benefits. The details for Cost of Living Payments due in the 2023-24 tax year were published earlier this year and have recently been updated....
Income Tax – £5,000 savings zero rate band

Income Tax – £5,000 savings zero rate band

If you have taxable income of less than £17,570 in 2023-24 tax year you will have no tax to pay on interest received. This figure is calculated by adding the £5,000 starting rate limit for savings (where 0% of the interest is taxable) to the current...
The badges of trade

The badges of trade

The 'badges of trade' tests, whilst not conclusive, are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic trade / business activity or merely a money-making by-product of a hobby. Careful consideration needs to be given to deciding...
When you can and cannot use the Rent-a-Room Scheme

When you can and cannot use the Rent-a-Room Scheme

The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room in their home. If you are using this scheme, you should ensure that rents received from lodgers during the current tax year do not exceed £7,500. The tax exemption is...
Income Tax in Scotland if you have more than one home

Income Tax in Scotland if you have more than one home

There is an interesting anomaly that can affect taxpayers with homes in Scotland and other parts of the UK. Where this is the case, the question arises as to whether or not the taxpayer is liable to pay Income Tax in Scotland or elsewhere. As a general rule, the...
Reporting self-employed profits 2023-24

Reporting self-employed profits 2023-24

The basis of assessment reforms will change the way trading income is allocated to tax years. The changes will affect sole traders and partnerships that use an accounting date between 6 April and 30 March. There is no change to the rule for companies. The reforms will...