Mathematics Assignment I

Question 1

Mr Shea is an employee with a remuneration package of £95,000 per annum

and his employer provides him with the following benefits during the tax year


¨     The personal use of two mobile phones, each costing £1,800

¨     Medical insurance of market value £1,000 but the company got a 35% group discount

¨     Two new suits which cost the company £250 each but retail value was £400 each

¨     An interest free loan of £11,000 from 6 September 2019.

Calculate the National Insurance Contributions due for 2019/20 from both Mr Shea and his employer in respect of his employment package.

State two actions that Mr Shea should do to ensure his taxable benefit in the future is reduced.

    (10 marks)

Question 2        

Ann, Bea and Cal have been in partnership for many years preparing

accounts to 30 September each year.  The partnership agreement is that Bea

receives £15,000 per annum salary and the balance of profits is shared

equally between the three partners. During the year ended 30 September

2019 the partnership made trading profits of £180,000.

Ann wants to claim rollover relief in respect of the office that she owns but the

partners trade from.

Calculate the trading profits assessable on each partner and state the tax year of assessment in respect of 30 September 2019, explaining how and when the tax is payable.

State the conditions that must apply to allow Ann to make a claim for rollover

relief. (maximum word count 200 words)

 (10 marks)

Question 3

In 2019/20 Sasha earns a salary of £125,750 per annum and bank interest of

£12,800 and dividends of £13,500. Sasha uses her own car to visit clients

and during 2019/20 her business mileage totals 25,000 miles. Her employer

reimburses her at a rate of 50p per mile.

Sasha’s civil partner is a higher rate taxpayer in 2019/20 but will have no source of income in 2020/21 due to a career break.

Calculate Sasha’s income tax liability for 2019/20 and explain what changes

Sasha and her civil partner should make for the tax year 2020/21 outlining

the tax savings that Sasha could achieve by making these changes.

(10 marks)

Question 4

Bethany began trading on 1 May 2016 and made up accounts for the year ending 30 April 2017. She then made up accounts annually thereafter. Her results have been as follows:

1.5.16 – 30.4.1721,000
1.5.17 – 30.4.1824,000
1.5.18 – 30.4.1927,000

On submission of the accounts to HMRC, the inspector of taxes dealing with Bethany’s case asks for further breakdown of the expense accounts relating to entertaining, motor expenses, repairs and employee salary costs.

Calculate Bethany’s assessments for the first four tax years indicating the overlap created and explain when relief will be obtained for this overlap. Explain to Bethany why the inspector is requesting further information. (maximum word count 200 words)

 (10 marks)

Question 5

Kishis an employee of Sin Ltd and his only source of income in 2019/20 is the

remuneration received from Sin Ltd. Kish pays 5% of his salary into the

company pension scheme and Sin Ltd pays 2% contributions. Kish also

paid £24,000 (net) into his personal pension scheme.

The company accounts show the following remuneration paid to Kish:

30 June 2019120,0005,000
30 June 2020128,0008,000

The bonuses are paid on 1 January following Sin Ltd’s year end.

Calculate Kish’s total tax liability for the tax year 2019/20. Calculate the maximum personal pension contribution that Kish can make in the tax year 2020/21 assuming his salary remains the same.

You should assume the tax rates for 2019/20 continue to apply in the future.

(10 marks)

Question 6 Harjot

Harjot worked for Soul Ltd as a music producer until 31 July 2019. He earned a salary of £46,200 per annum (PAYE £4,000) and received the following benefits:

From 6 April 2019 until 31 July 2019, Soul Ltd provided Harjot with a petrol motor car.  The motor car cost Soul Ltd £24,000 and had carbon dioxide emissions of 143g/km.  Soul Ltd also provided Harjot with fuel for private journeys.  Harjot returned the car on leaving the company on 31 July 2019.

On 30 April 2019, Soul Ltd paid private medical insurance of £360 for Harjot.

Harjot contributed 6% of his gross salary into Soul Ltd’s occupational pension scheme.  The company also contributed 4%.

On 1 June 2019, Harjot paid a professional subscription of £220 to the Guild of Producers, a HM Revenue and Customs’ approved professional body.

Harjot resigned from Soul Ltd on 31 July 2019 to focus on running his own recording studio.  He set up in business many years ago and his income statement for the year ended 31 March 2020 is as follows:

Revenue 76,885
Motor expenses (see Note i)5,000 
Professional fees (see Note ii)1,890 
Repairs and renewals (see Note iii)2,124 
Entertaining and sundry items (see Note iv) 22,860 
  Net profit   43,231

Notes to the accounts:

i)        During the year to 31 March 2020, Harjot drove a total of 4,200 miles, of which 3,360 were for business journeys.  These journeys were made in the motor car acquired by Harjot in October 2019 (see Note v).

ii)       The figure for professional fees includes £400 for accountancy fees incurred to draft his accounts and £510 for personal tax advice.

iii)      The figure for repairs and renewals relates to repairs to sound equipment during the period.

iv)      Entertaining includes £370 for entertaining clients. Sundry items include £120 for parking fines for Harjot, £400 for a specific write off of trade receivables and a further £2,000 general provision.

v)      Harjot’s main pool had a tax written down value of £15,000 at the start of the year. He acquired the following plant and machinery during the year for use in his business:

October 2019Recording equipment15,130
October 2019Car for Harjot 
 (CO2 emissions 185g/km)25,400
January 2020Office furniture1,300

Harjot received other income from investments as follows:

Dividends received 10 April 20192,671
Dividends received 8 April 20202,000
Dividends in Harjot’s share ISA account May 2019370
Bank deposit interest received 15 March 20201,720

From 1 August 2019, Harjot paid £280 (net) per month into a personal pension plan under a relief at source arrangement.

Harjot has already made payments on account in respect of tax for 2019/20 in the sum of £1,500 each.

In order to finance his new business, Harjot disposed of the following assets in August 2019:

  • An antique table inherited from his mother.  His mother purchased the table for an original cost of £1,500 and the value of the table when she died was £3,200.  The table was sold for proceeds of £5,700.
  • Half of a 100 acre plot of land purchased in 1989 for £180,000. The 50 acre plot was sold for £500,000 to a house developer. The unsold plot was worth only £250,000 as it was not suitable for development.

In order to expand the business next year Harjot has decided that he needs to work with his brother Shiven. Either Harjot may employ his brother part time, paying him a salary and tax efficient benefits whilst Shiven continues to be employed by Zonker Ltd.

Alternatively Shiven will resign from his job with Zonker Ltd and go into partnership with Harjot. 

You are required to:

  1. Calculate Harjot’s taxable income from employment from Soul Ltd for the tax year 2019/20.

(7 marks)

  • Calculate the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) payable by Harjot for 2019/20 in respect of his employment package.  

 (2 marks)

  • Calculate Harjot’s adjusted trade profit, after capital allowances, for the year ended 31 March 2020 and calculate any NICs due in respect of the business.

(11 marks)

  • Calculate Harjot’s total Income Tax payable for 2019/20 stating the due date.

(11 marks)

  • Explain the difference in deductibility of expenses for self-employed and employed taxpayers. (maximum word count 60 words)

(3 marks)

  • Compute the capital gains tax payable by Harjot for 2019/20. Suggest four assets that Harjot could invest in that will not create a capital gains tax liability when sold. 

(6 marks)

  • Advise Harjot on four tax efficient benefits in kind that he could offer his brother and explain why these benefits may be more tax efficient than receiving salary. (maximum word count 100 words)

(5 marks)

  • Explain the tax consequences if Harjot’s brother joins the business as a partner. (maximum word count 100 words)

 (5 marks)


Tax Rates and Allowances 2019/20

Income Tax

Main Personal Allowances                                                                                    £ 

Personal allowance                                                                         12,500
Income limit for personal allowance (Note 1) Marriage allowance (Note 2)100,000 1,250

Note 1: When income exceeds the limit a clawback applies reducing the personal

             allowance by £1 for every £2 above the limit.

Note 2: Spouses/civil partners are able to transfer £1,250 of their unused personal

  allowance to their partner if both are basic rate taxpayers.

Tax Rates and Taxable Bands

  Normal rateDividend rate
Basic rate£0 – £37,50020%  7.5%
Higher rate£37,501 – £150,00040%32.5%
Additional rate                Over £150,00045%38.1%

Note 3: A personal savings allowance applies at a 0% tax rate, applied after the personal

allowance have been applied as follows:


Basic rate taxpayers                        1,000             

Higher rate taxpayers                         500

Additional rate taxpayers                    Nil

Note 4: The first £2,000 of dividend income is taxed at 0% for all taxpayers.

Note 5: The first £7,500 of rental income from renting part of the taxpayer’s home is tax

free if rent a room relief is claimed.

Pension Scheme Limits

Annual allowance£40,000
Lifetime allowance £1,055,000
Maximum contribution than can qualify for tax relief without earnings   £3,600

ISA Annual Subscription Limit

Overall Individual savings Accounts limit                                                                 £20,000

Lifetime ISA (18 to 40)                                                                                                     £4,000

Help to buy ISA £1,000 (initial maximum investment) then £200 per month

Relevant to Employees

Authorised Mileage Allowances

When an employee has business usage of their own car

Up to 10,000 miles 45p
Over 10,000 miles25p

Car Benefit Percentage

0 – 50 g/km16%
51 – 75 g/km19%
76 – 94 g/km 95g/km (the base level of emissions)22% 23%
Each additional 5 g/km above the base level+1%
Diesel additional surcharge+4%
Maximum rate37%

Car Fuel Benefit

The base figure for calculating car fuel benefits                                                                   £24,100

Relevant to Traders

Capital Allowances

  Plant and Machinery 
Main pool18%
Special rate pool6%
Energy & water efficient equipment100%
  Motor Cars 
C02 emissions up to 50 grams per kilometre          100%
C02 emissions over 50 grams up to 110 grams per kilometre18%
C02 emissions over 110 grams per kilometre6%
  Annual Investment allowance Rate of allowance Expenditure limit                    100%  £1,000,000  

Capital Gains Tax

  Annual exemption            £12,000                   
Standard rate of tax (assets other than residential property)10% 
Higher rate of tax (assets other than residential property)20% 
Standard rate of tax on residential property18% 
Higher rate of tax on residential property28% 
  Entrepreneurs’ relief: For trading businesses and companies held for at least one year (minimum 5% employee shareholding) 
Lifetime limit of gains Rate of tax       Lease Premium Formulae Capital proportion is 2% (n-1) P   Chattels Formulae Gains restricted to 5/3(gross proceeds – £6,000)  £10,000,000 10%                 

National Insurance (not contracted-out rates)

Primary            %
Class 1 employees£0 – £8,632 per yearNil
 Above £8,632 – £50,000 per year12.0
 Above £50,000 per year2.0
Class 1 employer£0 – £8,632 per yearNil
 Above £8,632 per year13.8
Class 1A employer     On benefits in kind13.8
    Sole traders  
Class 2Paid weekly If earnings are above the small profits threshold of £6,365 pa  £3pw  
Class 4£0 – £8,632 per yearNil
 Above £8,632 – £50,000 per year9.0
 Above £50,000 per year2.0

Rates of Interest

Official rate of interest for benefits in kind2.50%
Rate of interest on underpaid tax3.25%
Rate of interest on overpaid tax0.50%  

Supplementary Instructions

  1. You should assume that the tax rates and allowances for the tax year 2019/20 will continue to apply for the foreseeable future unless you are instructed otherwise.
  2. Calculations and workings need only be made to the nearest £.

All apportionments should be made to the nearest

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