Practical and intelligent tax saving solutions for you and your business
Whether personal or business, tax affects our everyday lives and never stands still.
In the current climate clients expect their advisers to help them make more savings each year through careful tax planning.
Shipleys have a team of knowledgeable tax and accountancy experts who constantly look at ways to add value and provide practical effective solutions whether it’s an owner-managed business or a multi-national group. Our clients know that we genuinely value their custom and ensure that they are always more than satisfied with our work and costs.
- Structuring your Business
- Property Tax
- Capital Allowances
- Inheritance Tax Planning
- Asset Protection and Preservation
- Non UK Resident Domicile & Property Holding Structures
- Tax & VAT Investigations
- VAT Planning
Structuring your Business
Most people know that the way their business is structured could affect how much tax you pay. What they don’t usually know is how to get the best advice on this.
Operating through the appropriate legal entity is vital but can often be neglected if a business has grown organically.
We can provide advice on the most suitable business structure – sole trader, partnership, company, limited liability partnership.
We can help you to structure your business in the most tax efficient way, saving you tax and improving the efficiency of the business.
We also have the expertise to advise on all areas of corporate structuring issues such as:
• Reorganisations and mergers
• Company Purchase of Own Shares
• Reductions in share capital
• Planning with share rights
• Group tax planning
The taxation issues can be complex, but with our expertise we can guide you through, helping you meet your commercial objectives in a tax efficient way.
One of the most common questions we hear is “how do I get my profits out of the company paying as little tax as possible?”
We work with our clients to consider the tax picture as a whole – getting an understanding of both personal and corporate, short term and long term goals.
Because we take into account the whole picture, we can ensure that when it comes to tax, you won’t miss a trick and that all avenues of tax relief are explored.
We know that working with us, through careful planning, you can extract tax from the business without facing a hefty tax bill.
We can also help you to calculate the taxation impact of extraction policies by dividend or salary/bonus; provide advice in relation to pension contributions and also have particular expertise in tax planning using different classes of share capital.
If you like the sound of working with people who have your goals and aspirations at the heart contact us now.
Shipleys are experts when it comes to property tax matters, advising you on how to arrange your property transaction in the most tax efficient manner. With effective strategies, we can significantly reduce the exposure on property transactions.
Speak to us about:
- Services for developers
- Services for investors
- Professionals working in the property sector
- Services for property agents
When you buy, lease or improve a commercial property, HMRC allows you to offset some of that expenditure for tax purposes. Your advisors have probably claimed for the more obvious features, but as capital allowance specialists we dig much deeper to make significant additional claims on your behalf.
Typically, we identify Capital Allowances of between 10% and 30% of the commercial property purchase price.
We use specialist surveyors with tax expertise, to visit your property to uncover this extra layer of allowable items. This service is relevant for two types of clients:
1. Commercial property owners and investors who can retrospectively claim for unused allowances, (going back many years in some cases), for alterations, extensions and upgrades to their buildings.
2. Buyers and sellers of commercial property who need to agree a value for plant and machinery as part of the purchase process.
Inheritance Tax Planning
IHT has been commonly described as a ‘voluntary tax’ and with good reason. It can usually be reduced with proper and often simple planning, ranging from lifetime planning, will planning or even after death variation or disclaimer can mitigate tax.
IHT planning will assist in preserving family wealth and will reduce tax bills for your heirs, With careful lifetime planning, you can even reduce your exposure to IHT whilst retaining the asset and income.
Asset Protection and Preservation
Asset Protection Essential for protecting and preserving company and family assets from third party claims, divorce, bankruptcy, spendthrift spouses, and youthful improvidence. Asset Protection has a number of forms, including:
Company Asset Protection – The valuable assets in a company, namely property, cash and brand, may in certain circumstances be protected by a restructuring exercise, using group structures, all without triggering taxes on the restructure whilst affording protection.
Family Asset/Wealth Protection – Family assets/wealth can be protected and preserved from claims, bankruptcy and divorce. Typically assets are placed into a properly constituted trust within certain limits with the result that the preservation and protection of the family assets is achieved without adverse tax consequences.
Non UK Resident Domicile & Property Holding Structures
This topic always seems to raise the most debate about the fairness of the UK tax system. And this topic has been caused much controversy over the over the years. Certainly, if you are in the somewhat tax privileged position to be either non UK Domiciled or non-UK Resident, the tax benefits are still extraordinarily valuable in the right circumstances, to say the least. However, this valuable status is generally under used – except by the super rich and famous.
A key area of tax planning is property holding structures for non-UK resident and non-UK domiciled individuals, properly structured solutions achieve significant UK tax savings.
Tax & VAT Investigations
Tax investigations by HMRC often come as an unpleasant shock to individuals or businesses and can be very stressful. Those under enquiry often feel targeted and victimised.
At Shipleys we are non-judgmental, vigorous in defending our clients and aim to resolve the investigation in the most efficient manner possible without compromising the quality of our work.
We have the experience and know how to handle local district cases to large tax fraud cases both in direct and indirect (VAT) tax.
Our VAT experts trained with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and have a complete understanding not only of the legislation but of HMRC’s policies and procedures.
Our work extends to every aspect of VAT but some of the services we are most often asked to provide involve negotiation with HMRC on liability issues and agreeing partial exemption methods, providing VAT planning ideas for clients to improve cash flow, assisting clients through the maze of VAT property law, and advising them on EU and other international transactions.
Some of the areas we cover most include:
• VAT and property
• VAT and not-for-profit organisations
• VAT and offshore companies
Contact us now for a free no obligation consultation with a tax consultant.
Latest news & blogs…
THE CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt belatedly announced his Autumn Statement today heralding a new phase of austerity and sneaky tax rises.
Here at Shipleys Tax we briefly look at what’s changed… again.
The Chancellor maintained that there were no increases to the headline rates of tax. However, this is somewhat misleading and does not mean that individuals won’t pay more income tax, quite the opposite in fact.
- The threshold at which the 45% rate of income tax kicks in will be reduced from £150,000 to £125,140 from 6 April 2023.
- The personal allowance will remain at the current level until April 2028. As wages are increasing, albeit at a lower rate than inflation, this means that earners will start to pay income tax. The freeze on the 40% tax rate threshold is paid has also been extended by two years to 2028.
- The tax-free dividend allowance will be cut to £1,000 from April 2023 then to £500 the from April 2024.
The employment allowance will remain at the current level of £5,000. The main NI thresholds will also be held at the current level until April 2028 meaning the amount businesses and individuals pay will increase.
Capital gains tax (CGT)
There is no change to the CGT rates, but the annual exempt amount will be cut from £12,300 to £6,000 from 6 April 2023, and then to £3,000 from April 2024.
Corporate Tax changes
- Confirmation of the increase in Corporation Tax to 25% from April 23.
- The £1 million level of the Annual Investment Allowance is being made permanent.
- R&D tax reliefs – for expenditure on or after 1 April 2023, the SME additional deduction will decrease from 130% to 86%.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
The increase in stamp duty land tax allowances to £250k for residential property will be retained, but only until 31 March 2025.
- Electric vehicles will no longer be exempt from vehicle excise duty from April 2025.
- First Year Allowance for electric vehicle chargepoints – 100% First Year Allowance for electric vehicle chargepoints will be extended to April 2025.
- IHT – the nil rate band which is the amount an individual can leave tax free on death, will be frozen at £325,000 for a further two years until 2028.
- The energy profits levy will increase to 35% from 25% and extended from four to six years.
- National living wage to increase to £10.42 per hour from 1 April 2023.
- Tax avoidance – the government is investing a further £79 million over the next 5 years to increase HMRC’s capacity to tackle serious fraud, and to reduce non-compliance among wealthy taxpayers.
If you are affected by any of the issues above and would like more information, please call 0114 272 4984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Shipleys Tax do not give free advice by email or telephone.
THE NEW CHANCELLOR has today scrapped most of the mini-Budget announcements made by his short lived predecessor. What, if any, of the announcements made by Kwasi Kwarteng survived the latest round of U-turns?
In today’s brief Shipleys Tax blog, we look at the latest round of fiscal policy announcements, which may or may not stick around.
What’s left from the mini-Budget 2022
The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced today that the cutting of the basic rate of income tax (from 20% to 19%) would be postponed indefinitely – at least until “economic conditions allow a reduction”.
This had been rumoured toward the end of last week, but that wasn’t the end of the U-turns. The planned cutting of dividend tax (which was increased in line with National Insurance) has also been scrapped, as has the reversal of the controversial off-payroll working/IR35 rules. The cap on energy bills that was set to last for two years will now, however, be reassessed in April.
What has remained?
The only major measures that remain from the mini-Budget are the changes to National Insurance (1.25% cut retained), increase in the stamp duty land tax allowance, and the permanent increase of the annual investment allowance to £1 million.
More to follow.
THE EMBARASSING farce continues at Westminster with more twist and turns than reality TV. The PM Liz Truss has today overseen more U-turns to her now defunct flagship fiscal policy – the Mini-BUdget 2022.
Here at Shipleys Tax we look at the new merry-go-round of announcements made today. Quite how long these policies will last is anyone’s guess.
NEW Summary Budget measures – 14 October 2022
- Income tax
45% Additional rate abolished (40% top rate now)SCRAPPED – 45% top tax rate to be reinstated
- Basic rate cut to 19% (from 20%) – RETAINED FOR NOW
- NIC – April 2022 increase in NIC reversed from 6 November and Health & Social Care Levy scrapped: RETAINED
Corporation tax to remain at 19% – planned 2023 increase to 25% cancelledSCRAPPED – Rise to 25% reinstated
- Off payroll working/IR35 – previous legislative changes to be repealed from April 2023 – RETAINED
- Introduction of VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors – RETAINED
- New “Investment Zones” with enhanced tax reliefs and relaxed planning frameworks – RETAINED
- Removal of cap on bankers’ bonuses – – RETAINED
- SEIS and CSOP limits to be increased. EIS and VCT reliefs will be extended beyond 2025 – RETAINED
- Annual Investment Allowance to stay at £1m for capital allowances – RETAINED
- No stamp duty on first £250,000, for first time buyers that rises to £425,000 – comes into operation today- RETAINED
All policies subject to change. Further detail to follow.