National Minimum Wage change to age bands from 1st October

From the 1st October 2016, the national minimum wage rates for the different age bands and for apprentices are increasing.

The new rates from next month will be as follows;

From October 2016 - April 2017

Adult rate (21+)NLW (25+)        £7.20

 Adult Rate (21-24)                    £6.95

YDR (18-20)                               £5.55

16-17 Yr Old Rate                       £4.00

Apprentice Rate                        £3.40

 

Please ensure your current payroll system is compliant in advance of the changes.

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If you would like more information on the minimum wage requirements or have a payroll query, please contact us on 0845 303 1144 or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

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Cooper Curtis, a TEAM Service Provider

I am delighted to announce that Cooper Curtis has been accepted as a Recruitment Service Provider for TEAM, (The Employment Agent Movement) the UK's largest network of independent recruiters. 

We are looking forward to sharing industry knowledge with our fellow members and attending meetings through TEAM's regular networking events. 

We like TEAM's ethos 'nice people to do business with' because we like to think that's how our clients see us and is why I believe our new partnership will work well. 

To see Cooper Curtis on TEAM's website or to find out more about the benefits in becoming a member;

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'Person with Significant Control' or 'PSC' Register

 

From the 6th April, ALL limited companies & LLPs will be required to hold and have available for inspection a register of people with significant control over the business. The Companies House Annual return will be abolished and details from the PSC register will need to be submitted every 12 months instead. 

 

'What constitutes significant control?'

A person defined as having control is someone who meets one or more of the following conditions.... 

  1. Direct or indirect ownership of 25% of the company's shares
  2. Direct or indirect control of 25% of  the limited company's voting rights. 

  3. Direct or indirect right to appoint or remove a majority of the board of the company of directors. 

  4. Has the right to exercise significant influence over the control of the company

  5. Has the right to exercise significant influence or control over activities a trust or firm which itself meets one or more of the first four conditions.  

'So what do you need to do next?'

Once you have identified every person with significant control, you must maintain the following information about each individual...

  1. Name

  2. Registered office address

  3. Nationality

  4. Date of Birth

  5. Usual residential address

  6. Date from which person became a registrable person or person with significant control in the company

  7. Nature of their control (%age of control) 

An updated 'Confirmation Statement' formerly the Annual return, must be submitted to Companies house every 12 months, and a register must be maintained from April 2016. Filing at Companies House will commence from  30 June 2016. 

What will happen if I fail to keep accurate information on a register?

Failure to provide accurate information when requested for an inspection is a criminal offence and you could find yourself with a hefty fine or even up to 2 years in prison!

If you would like more information on the Person with Significant Control 'or 'PSC' Register, please contact Brian on 0845 0303 1144 or email brian@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

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Cooper Curtis Accountants Comment & Guide to the March 2016 Budget

With the Budget taking place yesterday, there were a number of significant changes announced and confirmed coming in from April....

Some of these were expected, such as the Travel and Subsistence tax relief restriction for those employed via an employment intermediary. We expect the re-percussion of this will be a skills shortage for workers unwilling to travel. 

A surprising announcement was a drop in capital gains tax to 10% and 20%. This is the chancellor's move to encourage enterprise investments. But, this does not apply to residential properties or carried interest, which remain at the 18% & 28% tax rates. 

We knew the new dividend tax regime from April was going ahead so this comes as no surprise. We have been busy reviewing our clients' records over the past few weeks to seek out any tax saving opportunities. 

Read our Guide to the Budget Summary here

If you have any concerns about any of the announcements made in the recent Budget and would like a confidential chat to an advisor, please call 0845 303 1144 now or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk 

 

 

Year end personal pension planning...

If you're thinking of making a large personal pension contribution before the end of the year, you can take advantage of the pension carry forward rules in order to benefit from any unused allowances from the previous three tax years. 

This is generally the difference between the old £50,000 annual pension allowance and your pension input that year and can be added to your relief for 2015/16. 

Note that the annual pension allowance is £40,000 for 2015/16 and 2016/17.

To avoid losing pension relief brought forward from 2012/13 which lapses 5 April 2016, why not consider making an additional pension payment before 5 April 2016? If your pension input was £24,000 in 2012/13 then there is £26,000 unused relief available to add to your 2015/16 allowance. You would need to make gross pension contributions of at least £66,000 (£40,000 plus £26,000) to avoid losing this relief.

If you have income over £150,000 your annual pension allowance will be reduced by £1 for every £2 over £150,000.

For further information on any topics covered in our blogs, or if you would like to speak to us about our pro-active Accountancy & Tax services, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in WarwickshireBirmingham and Manchester

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Are you a Landlord....? This blog's just for you!

If you are a landlord, then you're probably aware of the forthcoming changes to allowable expenses. 

Now is the time to be considering your options. 

In our latest blog, we outline these changes and offer some food for thought. 

 

Say farewell to your generous Loan Interest deduction.... 

Large property portfolio with high levels of interest on borrowings? This will affect you. 

You can still have 100% deduction of loan interest on a mortgage for 2016/17, however from 2017 it will be phased out as follows....

2016/17      100% deduction

2017/18       80% deduction

2018/19       60% deduction

2019/20     40% deduction

2020/21     20% deduction

2021/22       0% deduction

You could consider....

1.   Full incorporation - by moving properties and loans into a company.

2.  Pay down your borrowings.

3.  Sell up!

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Is there any good news...?

Wear & Tear Allowance...  

The 10% deduction which was allowed against total rent income is being abolished.

Landlords will now be able to claim a deduction as and when they spend money on the property. 

Tax Point....!

Why not consider delaying any property expense until April 2016 to get the full deduction! 

Rent-a-room relief

Thinking about de-cluttering that spare room? Why not let it out and take on a lodger....or even start a small B&B in your own home? You can have tax free rent of £7,500 per year from April 2016.....! 

 

Do you have a large property portfolio and unsure what to make of these changes?

We can advise you on the best course of action to take. 

 

For further information on any topics covered in our blogs, or if you would like to speak to us about our pro-active Accountancy & Tax services, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in WarwickshireBirmingham and Manchester

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Changes to reporting business expenses from April 2016

HMRC have confirmed that all dispensations agreed until 5 April 2016 will not apply after this date and there will be no requirement to report business expenses on a form P11D.

In the current year, employers can request a dispensation from HMRC to cover all genuine business expenses such as travel, business entertainment, and company car fuel avoiding the requirement to declare these on a P11D.

These changes will ease the burden of employers from the strict July deadline and hefty penalties issued for non-compliance.

We would recommend that you continue to have a system in place for checking that all claims made as a deduction are valid business expenses. 

All other non-allowable expenses and benefits in kind will be subject to tax and National Insurance as normal and continue to be reported on a form P11D. Any expenses or benefits provided under salary sacrifice arrangement will need to be paid after deducting tax and National Insurance. 

For more information on the above or advice on getting better controls in place for your business please call Cooper Curtis Accountants on 0845 303 1144.

 

Cooper Curtis is different in that they specialise in growing successful recruitment businesses through their Accounting Advisory service.

Contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat to see how we can help you raise your game. 

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Cooper Curtis gives the low-down on the National Living Wage

From 1 April 2016 employees that are 25 years old and over are legally entitled to receive a'National Living wage' of £7.20 per hour, seeing a 50p increase. 

This new minimum pay rate is set to support the government’s vision of a 'higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax society.'

Those employers that don't comply will risk being named and shamed and tough penalties of up to 200% of arrears and a maximum of £20,000 per worker. 

We would recommend you take action before this date and review whether or not you should be making any changes to your payroll. Make sure you also inform your employees of any changes in pay. 

Other changes from April 2016

The personal allowance is set to increase to £11,000 from April removing more lower paid workers out of the tax bracket. 

For employees under 25, the 'National Minimum Wage' will still apply, the rates will be rising to; 

  • £6.70 for 21s and over
  • £5.30 for 18 to 20-year-olds
  • £3.87 for under 18s
  • £3.30 for apprentices (the rate applies to all apprentices in year 1 of an apprenticeship, and 16-18 year old apprentices in any year of an apprenticeship)

For further information on any topics covered in our blogs, or if you would like to speak to us about our pro-active Accountancy & Tax services, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Manchester

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Save up to £212 with the marriage allowance!

If your spouse has some unused personal allowance, if you haven't done so already, you may be able to elect to transfer these and add them to your own personal allowance through an adjustment to your tax code. 

So long as;

- Both spouses are born after 6 April 1935

- One spouse has an annual income between £10,601 and £42,385

- The other spouse has income below £10,600 for the year to 5 April 2016. Or £11,000 from 6 April 2016.

If all the above apply, you should be eligible for this tax break. 

Speak to us for further information on applying for the marriage allowance. 

For further information on any topics covered in our blogs, or if you would like to speak to us about our pro-active Accountancy & Tax services, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Manchester. 

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How will dividends be taxed from April 2016?

From April 2016, the way dividends are taxed is changing. 

The 10% notional tax credit is being scrapped and there is now a £5,000 dividend tax free allowance per tax year.

After that, the tax rates are 7.5% up to the basic rate band (£5K tax free allowance forms part of this), then 32% for higher rate and 38.1% for additional higher rate.

Note, the new 'savings allowance' from April is in addition to the dividend allowance but is not available to use against dividend income, only interest.

Putting this into context, if you take an employment income of £8,000 and take out company dividends of £40,000, this will mean you will pay around £1,390 more in tax than before.

Should you be taking any action? 

If you have enough reserves held in the company, consider whether it would be beneficial paying a large dividend before April 2016.

Consider changing your year end to March if you haven't already, this way you can keep track of the dividends you are taking and this will make it easier to tie in to the year end. 

You should speak with your advisor on possible ways to mitigate this tax before April. 

 

To discuss how the new dividend regime will affect your business or to find out more about our pro-active services, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Manchester

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Cooper Curtis Accountants

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Our offices will be closed from 12pm Christmas Eve and we will re-open at 9am on Monday 4th January 2016.

 

Autumn Statement Highlights & Reflection from Cooper Curtis Accountants

Following November's Autumn Statement, the biggest shock was a U turn on Tax Credits as the Chancellor's previous decision to cut tax credits was thrown out by the House of Lords which is great news for lower paid families. 

We also received more details on the Apprenticeship levy at 0.5% from April 2017. We now know there is a credit of £15,000 available to all employers, meaning this charge will only affect employers with over 100 employees based on an average salary. 

National Insurance rates have been frozen at the current rate,  however the £3,000 employment allowance will no longer apply to companies with only one director and no further employees. 

We had no further news on the abolishment of travel and subsistence tax relief for temporary workers engaged through an intermediary, but the FCSA has said it 'seems those outside the IR35 rules will not be penalised.'

Read our Autumn Statement Guide here!

If you have any queries on anything we have raised or if we can help in any other way, please get in touch on 0845 303 1144 or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

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Tax Return Checklist

As the tax return season is upon us, we have compiled a checklist for you to use when gathering information...

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Cooper Curtis Accountants at the Recruitment Agency Expo North

We were thrilled to showcase our services last Wednesday and Thursday along with a host of other leading suppliers to the recruitment industry.

 As well as meeting influential people whom we are excited to work with in the future, we managed to catch some seminars and learn what's new in the recruitment industry such as progressions in social media for recruiters, and important legislative changes coming into force. 

For those who participated in our champagne raffle we will be announcing the winner shortly. 

If you couldn't make it to the expo, or would like to hear more about our services adding value to the recruitment industry, please call 0845 303 1144 or drop us an email at info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

Brian and Caroline at the Recruitment Agency Expo North 30th Sept and 1st Oct 2015

Brian and Caroline at the Recruitment Agency Expo North 30th Sept and 1st Oct 2015


Cooper Curtis provide an Accounting Advisory service helping grow successful recruitment companies and agencies. 

To find out how we can work with you for a better business call 0845 303 1144 or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 


Annual Investment Allowance - What's in it for your business?

The Government announced in the Budget that the AIA or 'Annual Investment Allowance' will be falling to £200,000 as of 1 January 2016 from a generous half a million in the current year.

We view this as a positive announcement for businesses and believe it will put a stop to 'panic buying' businesses looking to make use of the allowance before it's taken away. 

Any plant and machinery expenditure covered by 'AIA' gives a full deduction against profits whether you are Self Employed, a Limited company or Partnership. Anything after this, will be claimed under capital allowances as a yearly deduction (currently 18 or 8%).  

The 'AIA' Allowance includes business expenditure such as; 

  • Fire Alarm and CCTV units
  • Computer Hardware
  • Vans used in business (Not cars) 
  • Alterations to a building to install plant & machinery
  • Electric shutters (not manually operated)
  • Moveable flooring & walls
  • Fitted Kitchens & Bathroom Suites
  • Integral Features - Lifts, Stairs, Air conditioning and air cooling systems
  • Hot and cold water systems but not toilet and kitchen facilities
  • Electric systems including lighting systems

Examples of non-qualifying expenditure for 'AIA' include;

  • Cars
  • Anything on lease
  • Buildings including doors, doors, manual shutters, walls & floors
  • Mains water & gas

This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact us for a more detailed list. 

For a majority of businesses, it is rare that large amounts are spent on plant and machinery, but nevertheless being aware of the type of expenditure can be offset against profits may influence important business decisions.

We would always recommend you seek professional advice when considering timing of business purchases considered a large amount. 

The 'First Year Allowance' is also available in addition to the 'AIA' for some energy efficient expenditure. 

For further information on purchases for your businesses, contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk to see how we can help you raise your game. 

Cooper Curtis Accountants have offices in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Manchester

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Complimentary Recruitment Resources from Cooper Curtis Accountants

Would you like access to our complimentary recruitment resources ? We have compiled a variety of templates for you to use in your every day recruitment tasks. 

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Cooper Curtis is different in that they deliver quality Accountancy and Tax Solutions to Recruitment Businesses due to their proven knowledge and expertise in this industry.

Contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat to see how we can help you raise your game. 

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Have you been asked for a D-U-N-S number?

We were recently approached by one of our recruitment client's, informing us that they had received a request from someone asking if they have a DUNS number. 

Duns & Bradstreet promote that by having a unique 9 digit DUNS number for your business, this could improve your credibility and enable potential customers to get a better picture of risks and opportunities.

You can also use it as a business tool to create reports such as reviewing your competitor's performance, assessing the financial stability of a potential supplier or assessing how much credit to extend to your customers and on what terms. 

You can apply for a DUNS number for free via their website here

Cooper Curtis is different in that we specialise in giving quality Accountancy and Tax Services to Recruitment Businesses due to our experience and knowledge in this industry.

Contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 for a chat to see how we can help you raise your game. 

Please note, all our content is for general guideline only, every case is different and we would recommend speaking to us before taking any action as a result of the content. The content was correct at the time it was published. 

Join us at the NEC for the Recruitment Agency Expo, on 30th September and 1st October

Cooper Curtis Accountants are excited to be featuring at the Recruitment Agency Expo on 30th September and 1st October at the NEC in Birmingham.

The event will see over 40 free seminars and workshops taking place over 2 full days. 

We will be at stand E34, so please come and say Hello!

 

Cooper Curtis is different in that they deliver quality Accountancy and Tax Services to Recruitment Businesses due to their proven knowledge and expertise in this industry.

Contact Brian on 0121 371 0900 for a chat to see how we can help you raise your game. 

Cooper Curtis Summer Budget Reflection and Highlights

There were some significant announcements following Wednesday's Summer Budget from the new non-coalition Government. It was a mixed week for companies, with the corporation tax rate falling to 18% by 2020 and a freeze on the Annual Investment Allowance at £200,000 encouraging business spending.

One of the biggest reforms announced in the budget will affect family companies paying themselves and spouses dividends up to the basic rate band. From April 2016, this may no longer be as tax advantageous with the abolishment of the notional tax credit and a dividend tax free allowance of only £5,000. We will wait to see how this will work once the draft legislation is released.

Buy to let landlords with large property portfolios will be stung with the restriction of higher rate tax relief on interest paid on mortgages. However, rent a room relief has been encouraged with a tax free amount rising from £4,250 to £7,500 in April 2016.

As expected, for high earners with income over £150,000, pension tax relief will be restricted and the Chancellor's war on Non-Domiciles means from 2017 they can no longer escape Inheritance Tax on UK held properties. 

Take a moment to read our full Budget Summary here

 

If you are concerned about anything covered in our Budget Summary or would like any further information, please contact Brian or Caroline on 0845 303 1144 or email info@coopercurtis.co.uk. 

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