Top 3 tips from Limited company accountants
Making a good profit is one of the biggest motivators for any business owner. Yes, there are various reasons for why people start their own businesses. Money isn’t the only factor, but it is an important factor nonetheless. So imagine this – you have set everything up and it’s going great. You are driving in more and more sales as the days go by, and the earnings graph is through the roof. Now the next and very important thing that you need to consider is income tax. Taxes are an inevitable part of learning. We all have to pay them. It is common knowledge that there is a slab on the amount of tax you pay depending on how much you earn in a year, apart from other factors like the nature of your business/profession, your gender, age, etc. Nobody is ever taxed more than what they are supposed to pay as per the prevailing rules.
What if someone told you that there are ways in which you can legitimately minimise the amount of tax that your business pays by investing or diverting it elsewhere? That would mean less tax paid and more money used to push your business forward. So here are the top 3 tips from small and limited company accountants on saving income tax. Salaries to Director and Family Members Director’s salary is one of the most common tax saving methods employed by businesses.
It is common knowledge that the director takes a certain portion of the profits at an agreed ratio. Showing this amount as salary, even up to the exempt amount, can help save tax on the same. The same goes for salaries to family members. Most businesses start off with the family members helping out or joining in at key positions. The profits that are paid to them should be shown as their salary for gaining tax benefits on the same. Vehicle Usage Using a company vehicle for private purposes attracts tax under Class 1A National Insurance, which will have to be paid for by the user of the car. On the contrary, using a private car for official purposes helps in getting a tax exemption and furthermore, allows the user to claim certain benefits depending on the extent of the car’s use.
Capital Assets and Capital Allowances on capitalising assets and depreciating them over their useful life offers some tax exemptions on the same. Assets are capitalised instead of being recorded as expenses because they offer some benefit to the company over a period of time. Recording items such as electronics, machinery, furniture, etc. as fixed assets and depreciating their value at a fixed rate every year gives the company long-term tax benefits. There are many ways for you to legitimately reduce the amount of tax that you pay on your business income. It is always a good idea to consult your own accountants or any accounting firm to understand the smaller details so that you can take better decisions. Your accountants will be the best person to advise you on to pay your taxes.