HM Revenue and Customs ‘connecting’ the dots (May 2015)

In 2010 HM Revenue and Customs spent £45million on a database which collates information from various public and private sources, such as banks, Land Registry, local councils, social media and the Legal Aid Agency.  Five years later and it is now reported to store...

Business Rates for Farmers (May 2015)

Not as odd as it first may seem if the structure of your business extends beyond agriculture or the ownership splits out various different enterprises.  Farm buildings and agricultural land are exempt from business rates.  But, and it’s a big but, the buildings must...

Tax breaks for the committed (April 2015)

Being married is once again offering income tax breaks.  And for married couples I am including civil partners. We are familiar with being able to move our assets to our spouses without incurring capital gains tax or inheritance tax (subject to the non-domiciled...

Help to Buy ISA (March 2015)

Another Budget has been and gone with very few surprises.  Most salient points were either in the Autumn Statement or leaked prior to Budget Day.  We have then had a week of comment and criticism.  One of the gems on offer that has proved fairly controversial is the...