Year-End Tax Planning – Maximising benefits for your business

We are now within the final two months of the tax year, and for many businesses, the end of the tax year is also the end of the business’s financial year. This can be a good time to review your business tax planning to ensure that you minimise tax.

Assessing profit extraction methods

Particularly for limited companies, profit extraction methods can be a key part of tax planning. Whether it involves salaries, bonuses, dividends, or a combination of these, choosing the right strategy can significantly impact tax liabilities.

Optimising the method and timing of when you extract profits can mitigate tax while ensuring that owners and key staff are compensated fairly.

Dividends

Dividends are a fundamental part of the way any company distributes profit. For an owner managed company, though, dividends frequently play a key role in the owner’s remuneration strategy.

Particularly as the tax year concludes, it is important to check the timing of your dividend payments. For instance, have you earned more this year than you expected? Might another dividend payment push you into higher rate tax? If so, deferring a dividend may help you.

By aligning dividend payments with tax thresholds and allowances, you may be able to reduce your tax exposure.

Capital allowances

Capital allowances are a tax relief available on many types of capital expenditure. Bringing forward or delaying the purchase of capital items, for example IT equipment or a refurb project, can help you to maximise the allowances available.

For companies whose profit level means they pay at the marginal relief rate, optimising capital allowance claims can also help to reduce the tax rate that a company would otherwise pay.

Naturally, it is always important to avoid letting the tax ‘tail wag the dog,’ but using capital allowances effectively can not only reduce tax liabilities but also help to fund vital investment in business assets.

Research and Development Tax Credits

If your limited company is involved in innovating, research and development (R&D) tax credits can be very worthwhile. However, claiming R&D tax credits requires thorough documentation and there are specific criteria that need to be adhered to.

As the business approaches its year end, it is a good time to check that records of R&D activity are up-to-date and complete.

R&D tax credits can reduce tax liabilities as well as provide funding for future innovative activities that keep your business on the front foot.

In conclusion, tax planning as the tax year-end approaches is an important part of leveraging the tax incentives available to you, minimising tax liabilities while staying compliant with tax laws.

If you would like help in proactively managing your tax liabilities, we have a range of tools and calculators as well as expert knowledge of the tax laws. Please feel free to call us, we will be pleased to help you!

 

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