By timing payments or receipts carefully around the year end, companies can save money. Coates & Co can advise companies in the Lancashire area…

The timing of certain payments and receipts of income is crucial for tax purposes. By moving a date of payment or receipt by just a few days either side of the company’s year end, you can reduce the tax bill and defer payment until the next tax year.

Self assessment

  • Ensure that charges on income (for example, annuities and royalties) are paid before the year end
  • Ensure that any provisions made are against specific costs, not a general estimate
  • Ensure that any pension contributions are paid before the year end
  • Consider whether any additional remuneration/bonuses should be
  • voted to directors in respect of the current accounting period (these
  • can be paid up to nine months after the year end although the PAYE and
  • National Insurance may need to be paid sooner than that)
  • Ensure that you value stock and work in progress taking into account any reduction arising as a result of obsolescence
  • Consider the effect of bringing forward any capital expenditure into the current accounting period


Don't

  • Sell assets such as property or shares that will give rise to a large chargeable gain, until after the company’s year end
  • Forget the effect this will have on your accounts as if you reduce your profits, the bank manager may wonder if that lending was such a good idea after all!
  • Sell assets on which capital allowances have been claimed until after the year end



How we can help

If you are a company in the Lancashire area and would like help with timing payments and receipts to reduce the tax bill and save money,

contact Coates & Co.

Coates & Co

2 Fairhope Avenue

Bare

Morecambe

Lancashire LA4 6JZ


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