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Clear and hassle-free advice for pharmacists.

Shipleys have been using their specialist knowledge in the healthcare sector for over 10 years. We act for pharmacies of all sizes from small independents to larger groups, as well as GP linked pharmacies and locums.

The industry has seen a surge in growth in recent years, achieved against a back drop of challenges to maintaining and increasing profits. Independent Pharmacy owners need to be proactive in providing more of the advanced and enhanced services on top of the essential services with many pharmacies now providing additional enhanced services to help support and promote dispensing.

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Independent Pharmacies

We are here to help you maximise your income by letting you concentrate on your business. We provide the following compliance services at a fixed price:

• Monthly bookkeeping, VAT and payroll
• Annual accounts
• Corporation tax return
• Personal tax returns
• Unlimited Ad hoc telephone and email advice

As part of our service we will automatically look at and discuss the following areas when we do your accounts:

• GP margin and turnover comparisons to other similar clients
• NHS income v OTC income
• Staff/locum costs
• Net profit margin
• Drawing money out tax efficiently
• Other tax specialist planning advice

We have nationwide coverage and are happy to come and visit you.


Locum Pharmacists

As specialist locum accountants, Shipleys has become the preferred tax and accounts service provider for http://www.pharmacy-forum.co.uk members.
As well as doing your normal tax returns and accounts for the year, we will help with the following:

• If you have not done any planning then you probably are paying over the odds. Call us now to arrange a FREE TAX HEALTHCHECK.

• Sole trader v limited company – which is the best route for you? We will give you a tailored answer as part of our free tax healthcheck.

• Withdrawing money – what’s the best way of paying yourself? Again, if this isn’t done right you could end up being classed as being employed and not self employed under employment status rules and lose valuable tax reliefs

• How to minimise the risk of a tax enquiry using simple techniques.

• Expenses – are you claiming everything you are allowed to claim? We will give you a specially prepared list of expenses for locums.

• Buying a car – which is the best way, personally or through the company?

• Those in the property game – they can explain how you can pay significantly less income tax and capital gains tax on your property investments and dealings.

• Ad hoc telephone and email advice


Tax Planning for Pharmacies

Tax law never stands still and goal posts are always moving. It is crucial that you have the right adviser to guide you through the maze and help reduce your tax bill through legitimate and transparent means.

Shipleys Tax has a number of specialist tax advisers with wealth of experience in the pharmacy sector who can talk to you about the many tax saving opportunities.
We always say the best tax planning is done before a major event in the business so seek advice early in the lifecycle of a transaction. Some areas to consider:

• Buying or Selling a Pharmacy – huge tax saving opportunities both personal and corporation tax
• GP linked pharmacies – tax efficient trading structures
• Reduce inheritance tax on death
• Reduce stamp duty land tax on buying
• Offshore tax planning advice for certain businesses
• Provide property development strategies
• Use of EIS/SEIS and corporate venture vehicles
• Use of LLPs and corporate partnerships
• Asset protection and preservation of wealth
• Estate planning and succession

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IR35 & Off-Payroll Workers

Pharmacy Shipleys Tax Advisors

Recently , the IT contracting market has faced upheaval due to the upcoming changes in off-payroll workers. From 6 April 2020, the off-payroll working rules that apply where the end client is a public sector organisation are being extended to the private sector. 

The amended rules will apply where services are provided via an intermediary, such as a personal service company, to an end client which is a medium or large private sector organisation. The rules bite if, ignoring the personal service company, the worker would be classed as an employee of the end client. Prior to 6 April 2020, the personal service company had to operate the IR35 rules and work out the deemed payment. However, from 6 April 2020, responsibility for working out whether the rules apply will shift to the end client and, where they do, the fee payer must deduct tax and National Insurance from payments made to the worker’s personal service company.

Where the end client is a small private sector organisation, the existing IR 35 rules apply. A private sector organisation is not small if at least two of the following apply:

   •  turnover of more than £10.2 million; 

   •  balance sheet total of more than £5.1 million; 

   •  more than 50 employees.

To prepare for the changes, HMRC recommend that medium and large private sector companies should:

 • look at their current workforce (including those engaged through agencies and intermediaries) to identify those individuals who are supplying their services through personal service companies;

 •  determine whether the off-payroll rules will apply for any contracts that extend beyond 6 April 2020 (HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool can be used to determine a worker’s status);

 •  start talking to contractors about whether the off-payroll rules apply to their role; and

 •  put processes in place to determine if the off-payroll working rules will apply to future engagements. These may include assigning responsibility for making a determination and determining how payments will be made to contractors who fall within the off-payroll working rules.

Workers affected by the changes should also consider whether it is worth remaining ‘off-payroll’.

If you are medium or large private sector organisation engaging workers who provide their services through an intermediary, such as a personal service company, or if you are a worker providing services via an intermediary, speak to us to understand what the changes to the off-payroll working rules mean for you.

CLASS 1A NIC ON EMPLOYEE TERMINATION PAYMENTS

Pharmacy Shipleys Tax Advisors

Class 1A National Insurance contributions are employer-only contributions charged on most taxable benefits in kind (cars, gifts, vouchers etc).

From 6 April 2020 the Class 1A charge is extended such that from that date it will apply to taxable termination payments in excess of the £30,000 tax-free limit and to sporting testimonial payments in excess of the £100,000 lifetime limit. Currently, such payments are taxable but notliable to National Insurance.

The new Class 1A charge on termination payments will apply to the extent that the termination payment exceeds the £30,000 tax-free limit. The normal Class 1A percentage of 13.8% will apply. However, unlike Class 1A National Insurance contributions on benefits in kind, any liability on termination payments will be notified to HMRC via real time information (RTI) and paid with PAYE tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions. Termination payments in excess of the £30,000 threshold will remain free of employee’s National Insurance contributions.

As with the new Class 1A charge on taxable termination payments, the liability will be reported and paid via the PAYE/RTI process, rather than through the P11D(b) process.

Non-contractual, non-customary sporting testimonials are taxable to the extent that they exceed a £100,000 lifetime tax-free allowance. From 6 April 2020, Class 1A National Insurance contributions will also be payable to the extent the lifetime allowance is exceeded. The Class 1A charge will fall on the sporting testimonial committee and it will be the responsibility of the sporting testimonial committee to report and pay the Class 1A liability to HMRC. 

Speak to your professional adviser to understand how the timing of a termination payments will affect whether any employer-only National Insurance contributions are due.

SELF-ASSESSMENT TAX RETURN DEADLINES

Pharmacy Shipleys Tax Advisors

The deadline for filing the 2018/19 self-assessment return online is 31 January 2020. Where a notice to file a return was issued after 31 October 2019, a later deadline of three months from the date of issue of the notice to file applies.

An earlier date of 30 December 2019 applies to taxpayers who have a liability of £3,000 or less which they would like to pay via an adjustment to their tax code.

A late filing penalty is charged if the return is filed late, even if it is only late by one day and regardless of whether any tax is due.

Speak to us to ensure that you understand what information you need to provide by when to ensure that the filing deadline is not missed.

Any tax that is unpaid for 2018/19 must be paid by 31 January 2020. The first payment on account for the 2019/20 tax year is due by the same date. Payments on account must be made where the previous year’s liability was £1,000 or more unless 80% of your tax liability is deducted at source, such as under PAYE. Each payment on account is 50% of the previous tax year’s tax and Class 4 National Insurance liability. The second payment on account for 2019/20 must be paid by 31 July 2020.

If you would like to us to check what needs to be paid by when speak to us.

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