Creative Tax Reliefs

Did you know that there are tax reliefs that can be accessed by companies working within the UK’s creative and cultural sector?


Nominating your main residence

Private residence relief shelters a gain on the sale of a residence from capital gains tax while the property has been the owner’s only or main residence.


Is incorporation right for your business?

Over the last decade, corporation tax rates for most companies, irrespective of size, have fluctuated between 19% and 21%. The main rate of corporation tax is expected to be cut to 17% from April 2020 which makes business incorporation an attractive proposition. 


Director’s salary or bonus?

It’s worth considering, given current tax rates, whether to pay a dividend rather than a salary to Directors. It will often be a more cost-effective way of withdrawing profits from a company.


VAT registration – better sooner or later?

Once a business is up and running, the next major administrative area to be considered relates to VAT. At first glance, the VAT legislation can be complicated and time-consuming – particularly for small businesses.



Save tax with timing of dividends

Timing the date of a dividend payment from a company can determine both the amount and the due date of the tax payable. This may be a particularly useful strategy in a close or family-owned company.



Closing a business

A member’s voluntary liquidation (MVL) can be an attractive option when the taxpayer’s personal circumstances are such that it is beneficial for the remaining funds to be taxed as capital (and liable to capital gains tax), rather than as a dividend. However this depends upon the level of funds to be extracted the costs of the liquidation may be more than covered by the tax savings that can be achieved.