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Stop Playing The Blame Game !

Stop Playing The Blame Game !

Many of us have the tendency to blame others for mistakes and disappointments. To protect ourselves from pain and avoid responsibility, it is easy to blame the inequality in society, our upbringing, our bad luck, or the current pandemic. We look outwards and project...

Has Rishi Changed From Santa To Scrooge?

Has Rishi Changed From Santa To Scrooge?

‘Small businesses see the increase in national insurance as an anti-job, anti-small business, anti-start up manifesto breach ‘said Mike Cherry (Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses) when speaking to the Economics Editor of The Times, Philip Aldrick recently....

Some Days Things Are Not Fine

Some Days Things Are Not Fine

According to Wellness expert, Jeff Steen, many of us get through our anxiety by trying to live in the moment and putting things in perspective such as focusing on the positives.While these are effective techniques, it is important for us to accept that sometimes...

Kaplan Ethics MasterClass

Kaplan Ethics MasterClass

Professional ethics questions feature in all the accountancy qualifications, but many students do not pick up all these relatively easy marks. There are 2 main reasons for this. 1.  Candidates do not understand the scenario and tend to write generic answers...

£40M Gifts Taxable Or Tax-Free?

£40M Gifts Taxable Or Tax-Free?

Usually, gifts of cash do not have any tax implications if they are paid out of the donor’s income. This is because cash is an exempt asset for capital gains tax and an exemption is also available for inheritance tax as long as the gift does not reduce the donor’s...

Joint Tenants or Tenants In Common???

Joint Tenants or Tenants In Common???

When buying a property, most people do not understand the difference between being joint tenants or tenants in common. If you buy a property as joint tenants, this means that when you die, your share of the property automatically goes to the surviving tenants. This...

Neil Da Costa’s Tax Exam Podcast

Neil Da Costa’s Tax Exam Podcast

To help support my tax students, I have launched 'Neil Da Costa's Tax Exam Podcasts' and the first 3 episodes have been published. This is a great study tool and I will be restricting each episode to just 15 minutes so they can be used to quickly understand or revise...

Get Rid Of Unhelpful Labels!

Get Rid Of Unhelpful Labels!

When most of us were in High School we were graded based on our academic ability. The high achievers were put in Set 1 while the strugglers were put in Set 5. The ridiculous thing is decades later, people still carry these labels and the students in Set 5 still feel...

National Insurance And Dividend Tax Up By 1.25%

National Insurance And Dividend Tax Up By 1.25%

Boris Johnson has made a revolutionary change in increasing the rate of national insurance by 1.25% from 22/23 to pay for social care. This means that employees will now pay Primary Class I NIC at 13.25% and 3.25% instead of 12% and 2%. Employers will pay Secondary...

Neil’s Top Tips Tip 8 BAD Relief

Neil’s Top Tips Tip 8 BAD Relief

A crucial area that I expect to feature in the forthcoming September 2021 Advanced Tax exam is Business Asset Disposal Relief (BAD relief) This is simply the new revised entrepreneur’s relief. It is available on the sale of a sole trader’s business assets (usually...

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