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…
AFTER A DRAMATIC U-turn the Chancellor has decided to scrap the 45% tax rate. The move was widely criticised amid a cost-of-living and energy crisis and has gathered hugely negative momentum over the course of a few days.
At Shipleys Tax we have the latest on the mini-budget merry go round.
The Chancellor has confirmed that the tax cut will not go ahead, due to the distractions this policy has caused, reversing the announcement only made a few days ago to a lot of fanfare.
Now, from 6 April 2023 those earning over £150,000 will continue to pay the top rate of 45% income tax. However, due to other planned tax cuts, those with income over £150,000 will pay just 38.1% income tax on dividends from 6 April 2023 (currently 39.35%), meaning there will still be an incentive (albeit a smaller one) to delay dividends until on or after 6 April 2023.
The Chancellor is set to announce his medium-term fiscal plan on 23 November.
IN A QUITE sensational move, Kwasi Kwarteng has seemingly done away with one of the most maligned pieces of tax legislation: the IR35 rules. Or at least some of it.
Here at Shipleys Tax we briefly look at the one of the most surprising aspects of this now quite eventful Mini-Budget.
The Chancellor confirmed workers providing their services via an intermediary vehicle, such as a personal service company, will once again be responsible for determining their employment status and paying the appropriate amount of tax and NICs.
The IR35 reforms will be repealed from April 6 2023 according to the mini-Budget.
The previous 2017 and 2021 reforms to the off payroll working rules (also known as IR35) required that the end client, and not the contractors they hire, were responsible in determining if the working relationship resembles a self-employed engagement or employment. Under existing rules, the fee-paying party (either the end client or recruitment agency) shouldered the liability.
This a hugely welcome reform to a much maligned and flawed area of tax law. It brings some certainty as to who is liable and minimises the risk that genuinely self-employed workers are impacted by the underlying off-payroll rules.
IT contractors, locums and many other service professionals will breathe a sigh of collective relief that a piece of legislation that has had a damaging effect on business and contractors’ livelihoods for the last five years has now been repealed.
More to follow.
AS PART OF the new government’s mini-budget, the UK chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng travelled back in time to reverse previously planned tax rises by announcing a raft of tax cuts, including a surprising removal of the 45% income tax rate.
We have highlighted the main points below:
Summary Budget measures
Huge change here – the changes made to the off-payroll working rules from April 2017 and April 2021 will be reversed. From 6 April 2023 the responsibility for determining employment status will revert to the individuals doing the work.
- Income tax
- 45% Additional rate abolished (40% top rate now)
- Basic rate cut to 19% (from 20%)
- both to take effect from April 2023;
- dividend rate reduced (reversing previous hike)
- NIC – April 2022 increase in NIC reversed from 6 November and Health & Social Care Levy scrapped
- Corporation tax to remain at 19% – planned 2023 increase to 25% cancelled
- Off payroll working/IR35 – previous legislative changes to be repealed from April 2023
- Introduction of VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors
- New “Investment Zones” with enhanced tax reliefs and relaxed planning frameworks
- Removal of cap on bankers’ bonuses
- SEIS and CSOP limits to be increased. EIS and VCT reliefs will be extended beyond 2025
- Annual Investment Allowance to stay at £1m for capital allowances
- No stamp duty on first £250,000, for first time buyers that rises to £425,000 – comes into operation today
Our in-depth analysis of the Mini Budget will follow.