# Taxation Crib Sheet - Business Law and Practice

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Income Tax

1. Calculate Total Income

1. Aggregate of all income from all source which charge to Income Tax

1. Employment

2. Property Income

4. Dividends

1. Tax credit of 10% at source so need to gross up

1. Dividends X 10/9 = GROSS dividends

5. Interest

1. Taxed 20% at source so need to gross up

1. Interest X 5/4 = GROSS interest

2. Deduct any allowable reliefs to give NET INCOME

1. Interest on money borrowed to buy a share in a partnership

2. Interest on a loan to invest in a close trading company

3. Interest on a loan to personal representatives to pay inheritance tax

3. Deduct personal allowance to give TAXABLE INCOME

1. For 2011/12 it is 7,475

2. Where income is greater than 100,000 the personal allowance is reduced by 1 per every 2 of income above the limit

1. 7475 – ((net income – 100,000)/2) = adjusted personal allowance

4. Calculate tax payable on taxable income

1. Employment Income = Income – (gross savings + dividend income)

1. 20% for anything between 0 - 35,000

2. 40% between 35,001 – 150,000

3. 50% for over 150,000

2. Interest

1. 10% for 0 – 2560

2. 20% for 2561 – 35,000

3. 40% for 35,001 – 150,000

4. 50% for over 150,000

3. Dividends – always taxed last as the upper-most slice of income

1. 10% if taxed at the basic rate

2. 32.5% if taxed at the higher rate

3. 42.5% if taxed at the additional rate

5. Add together the values to calculate the total tax liability subtracting what has already been paid

1. 10% dividends have been paid

2. 20% gross interest has been paid

3. Any PAYE contributions

6. When is payment due by?

1. Half instalment on 31 Jan of the current tax year

2. Half instalment on 31 July of the next tax year

3. Balance remaining/rebate on 31 Jan of next tax year

Trading profit = Chargeable receipts – deductible expenditure – capital allowances

For partnerships allocate trading profit between the partners according to the way in which income profits were shared under their agreement for that accounting period

The property & income of a LLP are treated as the property & income of the members of the LLP

1. Chargeable Profits

1. Must derive from trade

2. Must be income in nature

2. Deductible expenditure

1. Must be income in nature

2. Must be wholly & exclusively used for the purposes of trade

1. Cannot be used for providing entertainment or gifts in connection with a trade

1. Subject to limited exceptions

2. Cannot have a dual purpose

3. Dividends are not deductible

3. Deduction cannot be prohibited by statute

4. Examples of deduction

1. Salaries

3. Marketing costs

4. Health insurance for employees

1. Stock

7. Stationary/postage

3. Capital allowances

1. Allow the depreciation of capital assets to be brought into account for taxation purposes and offset against income profit

2. Claim allowances where a person carries on a qualifying activity and incurs qualifying expenditure

1. Plant & machinery have a writing down allowance of 20%

1. Long life assets have a less generous writing down allowance of 10%

1. Assets which last for 25 years or longer

1. Integral appliance – part of the fabric of the building such as lifts or air conditioning units

2. If plant & machinery are sold, it will be necessary to compare the written-down value of the asset at time of sale with the actual sale price. If a profit results, this may be the subject of a balancing charge and form a chargeable receipt in the accounting period in which the sale takes place. If a loss result there may be a balancing allowance – a deduction from chargeable receipts

1. If assets are part of a pool then sale proceeds are deducted from the value of the pool so there is generally no balancing allowance or charge until trade is discontinued or the whole pool is sold

2. AIA = annual investment allowance of up to 100,000

1. Fresh, qualifying expenditure

2. Anything over the 100,000 threshold can be added to the pool and written down

3. Energy saving

1. Enhanced for the first year for 100% on assets certified by HM Treasury to be energy saving

1. In addition to AIA

Income tax is assessed on trading profits of the 12 month accounting period which ends in the tax year

Loss Reliefs for Sole Traders – Income Tax Act 2007

Deduct trading losses from other income
Ability to claim under different provisions, but cannot claim relief for the same loss twice

1. Sole Trader register with HMRC within 3 months of starting their business

1. 1st tax year profits are made from the date of commencement until 5th April

2. 2nd tax year profits are made from the date of commencement until anniversary

3. Final tax year profits are made from the end of the last accounting period until the date of cessation, minus the overlap profit (2nd year profit – 1st year profit)

2. Reliefs

1. S.72 Carry-back start up relief

1. Loss occurs in first 4 years of trading

1. Loss can be set against total income in 3 years preceding the tax year of the loss (earlier years first)

2. Wastes personal allowance

3. Claim must be made on or before the first anniversary of 31st January following the tax year in which the loss was assessed

2. S.64 Carry across/carry back one year relief

1. Loss occurs in any accounting period

1. Loss can be set against total income in the tax year in which the accounting year of the loss ends OR/AND the preceding tax year

2. Loss set off against capital gains once total income exhausted

2. Wastes personal allowance as the relief must be used on the whole of the income

3. Claim must be made on or before the first anniversary of 31st January following the tax year in which the loss was assessed

3. S.83 Carry Forward Relief

1. Loss occurs in any accounting period

1. Loss set against subsequent tax year trading profits or subsequent profits of the same trade until loss is absorbed (take earlier year firsts)

2. Allows personal allowance to be set off against other income

3. Claim must be made no more than 4 years after the end of the tax year to which the loss relates

4. S.89 Terminal relief by carry back

1. Loss in final 12 months of trading

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