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April questions and answers

What Our Clients Say

I used to think that all accountants were sleazy, blood sucking leeches. After 6 months’ worth of interaction with Irfan, I no longer believe this to be the case. It is a pleasure to have someone who genuinely has your own interest at heart. Irfan is honest, hardworking and punctual. all that you can ask for in an accountant. dare I say it…. even a friend!

"Rami Tanios (Director) " - Heritage Homes Limited

I found Irfan online after having a very negative experience with my first accountant and a distant and confusing one with the second. Irfan is easy to communicate with, quick to respond, professional and knowledgeable. He has taken the time and care to help me understand what I need to do and how best to do it in relation to my limited companies, VAT and self-assessment. I would highly recommend Irfan’s services.

"Rachel Cooke (BA MA Dip MNCP MNCH) " - Whitesobrite Limited

Irfan has handled my business for two years now. As someone who has difficulty remembering his own birthday, I needed someone who would make sure that all of my accounts were settled in time with HMRC and Companies House deadlines. Irfan has been relentless in ensuring I wasn’t late for important submission dates and for handling our payroll like clockwork. He has been an amazing resource and I would recommend anyone to hire him – especially if you’re just starting out and need someone reliable you can trust.

" Marc Quinn (Director) " - Powerlights Incorporated Limited

As someone who had newly formed his own start up, the most important thing for me was to find someone that could show me the ropes from an accounting standpoint, and low and behold Irfan was that guy. Irfan has been my accountant over the past 3 years and as a Client I could not be happier. Even though I tend to bombard him with questions and queries about letters/information I received from HMRC and companies house, he NEVER failed to get back to me and answer them in a timely manner. When it comes to finding solutions to accounting issues or coming up with the best personalized strategy to overcome paying more tax than I needed to, he delivered the goods. Dependable, reliable, patient and flexible are just some of the words I would use describe him. Thank you Irfan for all you have done…

"lan Michaels " - Locum Pod Limited (Podiatric Medicine)

Over the time we have worked with Irfan he has become a real asset to our company. With his help and guidance, he has looked after the company’s finances and advised us about how we can improve the company in specific areas and cut back in others. It has allowed us to understand our company in more detail and to get on with what we need to do to grow as a company, without worrying about all the financial issues which entail with running a business. His advice, understanding and professionalism is fantastic. Long may our working relationship continue.

James Hillman (Director & Fashion Designer) - James Hillman Limited

Since our company has starting working with Irfan, he has been a great asset for us. His services has been impeccable and his very approachable, proactive and efficient. He supports us with our bookkeeping, VAT, PAYE and corporate taxes. Hudson & McCullum has saved us lots of money on our taxes.

Karen Enoe (Director) - A.I.M.S Support Services Limited

Irfan is professional that goes beyond his mission and tasks. He honestly has tried first to understand me and my business. He has been flexible and devoted time with a high generosity. He has been able to adapt to my schedule and needs during the full year. Always open to serve and render his great expertise and knowledge. He is an expert accountant and is, at the same time, a great individual. I feel in the best hands. Always proactive and ready to support and teach. I a learning new accountancy concepts thanks to his patience. I am very thankful to have Irfan as a trusted partner in the U.K.

" Carolina Caparrós Alvarez (Director) " - Talento Direct Limited

Newsletter issue - April 2018.

Q. I have traded through a two-man partnership for many years, but my partner has recently announced that he has decided to leave. I intend to continue trading as a sole trader. We have agreed an outgoing payment, which includes amounts for various items but mainly consists of plant and machinery. What is the position regarding capital allowances?

A. Although the partnership will be ceasing and a sole trade commencing, the business will be treated as continuing for tax purposes if the same business is being carried on.

If this is the case, you will not need to make any adjustments for capital allowances purposes.

Whether the same business is carried on is a question of fact depending on the particular circumstances involved. HMRC's guidance in their Business Income Manual (BIM 80635) is a useful reference tool where there is a partial change in ownership.

With regards to capital allowances, CAA 2001, s 61 deals with 'disposal events and disposal values' and includes a table of events and the disposal values to use. Broadly, if the same business is continuing, the change of ownership should not fall within the disposal events listed in s 61(1), which in turn means that no capital allowances event will take place. As the continuing business already owns the plant and machinery, no plant additions will be made.

Q. I own a property in the UK that is rented out but I live and work in Italy. The taxable profit from the rental property is less than £10,000. Will I have to pay UK tax on this property income?

A. Whether or not you will be liable for UK tax on this income will depend on your residence status for tax purposes and whether you are entitled to the personal allowance for the relevant year. If you are entitled to the personal allowance (£11,500 for 2017/18 rising to £11,850 for 2018/19), this will cover your rental income and no further tax will be due.

When you're UK resident you're normally taxed on the arising basis of taxation. This means that all your worldwide income and gains will be taxable in the UK. Therefore, even if your foreign income and gains have already been taxed in another country they will still be taxable in the UK and you must declare all of your foreign income and gains on your tax return.

If you're not resident in the UK and sell a UK residential property you may have to pay capital gains tax on the gains you make. See HMRC's guidance Capital Gains Tax for non-residents: UK residential property for more information on this.

Q. I am hoping to start my own business very soon, but I am not sure whether I should incorporate straight away or not. The business will require a substantial capital investment, so it is likely that it will make a loss in the first, and maybe even second, year of trading. Are the loss relief rules better for sole traders or companies in the early years of trading?

A. There are of course, various advantages and disadvantages of incorporating a business. You will need to weigh everything up and may come to the conclusion that you're best to carry on your business as a sole trader in the early years. This situation may be particularly relevant if you envisage making losses in the early years of trading, because you can carry back losses made in the first four years against personal income of the three preceding years, often resulting in a substantial refund of tax becoming due. However, don't miss out on the opportunity of forming a limited company later on when the benefits of company status may be more valuable.