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 28 January 2013 11:58 AM
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Hi - anyone use an online tax website for your tax returns / info on the tax returns.... or a good programme? I'm sure that this has probably been covered before but I musta missed it!

Got a few questions that need answering - one being whats the tax allowance for a single person now - I know it was around the £6400 mark last year - but dont know what it is now!

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 28 January 2013 12:15 PM
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I think this site will have the info you require!
 28 January 2013 12:18 PM
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Haha - thanks for that DR2366!!! I was hoping that there would be somewhere else too - must be other online sites that help out.

Any other ideas - and the best programme for doing the tax return too - I know that theres quite a few but which one to choose from?

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You will be supprised at the amount of information available on the site. My much better half has worked in payroll and accountancy firms for the last 20 yrs and the HMRC site is the referance site to go to for most things. I'll ask her advice at lunchtime for you.
 28 January 2013 01:16 PM
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Your getting it in very early for next year Tom!!

FYI, tax-allowance was £7475 for 2011-2012, but your allowance may vary depending on what / if you owe them / they owe you or if you are married /single.

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 28 January 2013 01:27 PM
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The advice I've just been given is to use the HMRC service as it will be the safest.

FYI the fact that your married or single has no bearing on the allowance figure.
 28 January 2013 01:41 PM
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Originally posted by: DR2366

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You will be supprised at the amount of information available on the site. My much better half has worked in payroll and accountancy firms for the last 20 yrs and the HMRC site is the referance site to go to for most things. I'll ask her advice at lunchtime for you.


Hi again - I think you're right and thanks for taking the time to respond again - I'll have a good look through today!!!

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Originally posted by: DR2366

The advice I've just been given is to use the HMRC service as it will be the safest.



FYI the fact that your married or single has no bearing on the allowance figure.



Many thanks again and say ta very much to your better half!! I'll check the programme out now!!!

Tom

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Originally posted by: stateit

Your getting it in very early for next year Tom!!



FYI, tax-allowance was £7475 for 2011-2012, but your allowance may vary depending on what / if you owe them / they owe you or if you are married /single.



Have a fun-filled couple of days


Next year???? This WEEK!!! Aghhhhhhhhhh! Dont panic - dont panic - they dont like it up em you know!!!

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Married or single makes no difference, I hope it's not this year's tax return you're still doing Tom!

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 28 January 2013 02:07 PM
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Originally posted by: daveparry1

Married or single makes no difference, I hope it's not this year's tax return you're still doing Tom!



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No problem.

I remember the "better half" asking my accountant, if I buy her a bunch of flowers as a thank you for helping me with my accounts can it be classed as a business expense? The answer was yes! She never forgets to encourage me to spend £150 per head per year on a xmas do either which is also allowable!!

I learned this year that: There is an agreed HMRC amount you can claim as an Electrician as a "flat rate expense" which is £120 per year and reflected in your allowance. The flat rate allowance is to cover the upkeep of tools and special clothing (including laundry). Uniforms etc.

Flat rate expenses

I'm not giving any further info on this subject as I'm an electrician not a tax advisor. I pay my accountant far too much for him to sort all my stuff out. Individual circumstances may alter all of the above infomation. If your brave enough ring the HMRC and ask what you can claim or have a chat with whoever does your books.

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Thanks again for the info and please note - I am not asking anyone advice as on tax returns - all I requested was what programmes any of you use for doing this and any websites that would be of help!

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No worries,

My comments related to my inability to offer any further information to other readers of the topic on the technicalities of entitlement to claim flat rate expenses and weren't directed at you Tom.

 29 January 2013 05:57 PM
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I think Flat Rate Expenses are for employees. If you are self-employed then you'd claim actual expenses anyway which may well be far more than the flat rate.

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