Year End Tax Tips

Date: 09/02/12  |  Author: Sean Toomer  |   0 Comments

Hello! Coming up to your year end? Here are some HMRC-Owning tips for you to think about before your end of year. It's important to read and take note now - most of these need to be implemented before the end of the year - leaving it until it has passed could be too late!

Buy Stuff!

If you’re planning on buying any big stuff (assets, like computers, machinery, a van etc), or any marketing type things, do it now, before your year end, rather than just after. That way, you get the tax relief now, rather than in a year’s time.

Don’t invoice yet

If you’ve just done some work for a client/customer, and it won’t upset cash flow too much, try invoicing on 1st April (if your year end is 31st March) rather than 31st March. The difference of one day shouldn’t hurt your cash flow too much and it’ll mean you’re taxed on that sale next year, not this year (and then do the same next year!)

Make it a family affair

If your wife, girlfriend, mistress or whoever has helped you out in your business over the year (such as filing paperwork, sweeping the floor, whatever), you can pay her a small amount to use up her otherwise wasted allowances (and it’s tax deductable).

Give away money

Whoa! We mean charity. If you have (or want to) give money to charity, make sure it’s a local one. Then, any donation you give will be tax deductable and you’ll save at least 20% of whatever you give.

Top up your pension

The boring one. If you’re a limited company, any amounts you put in to a personal pension can be treated as tax deductable – so maybe it’s time for a lump sum?

Claim Mileage

Do you record business mileage? If not, you probably should. Rather than claim the cost of fuel, it’s usually more tax efficient to claim 45p per mile – most clients who do this save at least an extra £500 a year off their tax bill. All you need is a mileage log. We’ve got one here.

Bonuses

If you’re planning on paying staff a year end bonus, make sure it’s paid before the end of year, rather than just after. That way, you can claim it now, rather than next year.

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