Are you a sufferer of coeliac disease? If so, it is possible to include the costs of dietary requirements in your medical expenses claim once you retain the receipts. It is important to note that you must have proof in the form of a doctor’s letter. Once obtained it could get you a tax relief of 20% on specialised foods.
The rate of stamp duty on non-residential property was increased from 2% to 6% with effect from midnight on Budget Day. However transitional arrangements are in place whereby the 2% rate of stamp duty will apply to binding contracts entered into before 11 October 2017 provided the instrument for the transfer is executed before 1 January 2018.
Are you changing your car in 2018? It was announced in Budget 2018 that a new 0% Benefit in Kind rate on electric motor vehicles was introduced from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. A comprehensive review of the Benefit in Kind regime will take place in 2018 which could see this measure been extended into the future.
Expenses incurred on rental properties prior to letting was previously disallowed as a deduction against rental income when computing taxable rental profits.
Finance Bill 2017 includes new measures permitting a deduction for pre-letting expenses incurred on previously vacant residential properties where:
Motivated by worries about tariffs and a potential risk to their overseas sales in the post-Brexit era, many UK firms see Ireland as a better option than mainland Europe. Paul Brown, a tax partner at Manchester accountancy firm HURST, said Ireland’s low tax rates – corporation tax is 12.5 per cent – along with state support for overseas companies, a similar business culture to the UK and a common language are key factors behind the surge in interest. In addition, Ireland has a similar business law system and an economy which is not overburdened by regulation, he said.