Tax and accounting legislation is incredibly complex, and accounting for independent schools – with or without charitable status – can be a minefield. Knowing what paperwork to keep, which tax incentives to take advantage of and which to avoid is not easy.
You will want to ensure your school’s finances are in the best possible shape and Fawcetts are ideally placed to help you achieve this. Our experience working with independent schools means that we have added specialist expertise to our already un-rivaled team. We offer a complete financial services package or we can undertake individual projects for one-off needs. Our range of cost-effective services for schools includes:
- Term-by term management accounts, including budgets, cash flow forecasting and financial reports, so that your board of trustees can be sure of accurate financial reports.
- Fee services for ensuring cash flow is consistent. This can include fee collection, interest calculations, advice on debt recovery, standing order arrangements and a complete review of your fee scheme if required.
- Payroll services to ensure your staff are paid correctly and on time every month, including monitoring of benefits in kind to keep taxation to a minimum.
- Tax and VAT planning to take advantage of available tax incentives, as well as helping you avoid potentially costly legislative changes. We can help to maximise your profitability while ensuring you avoid unexpected and costly tax bills.
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If you have lived abroad for six or months or more in a year, you are classed as a “non-resident landlord”, and the income you receive from renting out your home whilst abroad is taxable in the UK.
This needs to be declared to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), but you do not necessarily need to file a tax return.
Non-resident landlords can choose to be taxed in one of two ways:
- Through self-assessment (SA). SA tax returns must be filed by the 31 January deadline if you do it online, or by 31 October if you choose to do it by paper. If you haven’t registered for SA, you must do so by 5 October.
- At source, deducted by your letting agent or tenant.
If you choose to get your rent in full and pay tax via SA, you’ll need to fill in a form NRL1i, found here. If previous tax returns are outstanding, or if tax is owed, your application may not get approved.
Even if you are a non-resident landlord, your £11,500 personal tax allowance still applies.
You might also need to pay Capital Gains Tax if you make a gain when you sell residential property in the UK.