Manage cashflow with superior tax planning

David Richardson of accountancy firm Mark J Rees LLP shows how tax and cashflow are closely inter-related and points out some opportunities you just might have missed.

With a downturn in the economy and some uncertainty surrounding the UK's position after Brexit, many companies are turning their attention to tax planning – especially if cashflow is becoming an issue. Here are five different areas that are worth thinking about and, of course, discussing with your professional advisers.

Research & Development

Companies involved in qualifying R&D activity, may qualify for tax relief on certain costs incurred as part of the process. If you're a small or medium-sized enterprise, this results in additional relief of up to 130% on eligible costs incurred. Where a company has made a loss in the year the benefit of this relief allows Small and Medium enterprises to surrender tax losses generated by R&D tax relief for a cash repayment. 

Capital Allowances

Don't overlook this advantageous relief. Capital Allowances are often a valuable relief assisting in reducing a company's taxable profits, generating deductions of up to 100% of the qualifying capital expenditure incurred. If you have incurred significant expenditure on property renovations in the previous 2 years, a review of the expenditure should be undertaken to maximise any Capital Allowances available which could result in significant tax savings for companies.

Corporation Tax

With a downturn in the economy and some uncertainty surrounding the UK's position after Brexit some companies are facing the prospect of making a current year tax loss. If a company has previously been profitable and paid Corporation Tax in the prior period there is the potential to utilise current year losses against prior year's profits and generate a tax repayment.

Foreign Tax Credits

If you are undertaking work overseas, you may find that you suffer a withholding tax on payments received. What you may not realise is that you can claim relief against UK Corporation Tax on a pound-for-pound basis for any withholding taxes which have been suffered potentially generating a repayment. This claim can be made for a period of up to four years, in some cases allowing companies to access significant tax savings.

Tax-efficient remuneration and benefits

We always encourage our clients to think about what savings can be made in other areas of their business. Staff costs will typically be a significant cost to most companies therefore any savings that can be accessed in this area are usually welcome. Simple changes like moving to an alternative provider for your company benefits package can result in significant cost savings for a company as well as create some tax efficiencies for your employees as well, for example moving to a salary sacrifice pension scheme.

If you would like to explore advice specific to your circumstances then please email

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