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You are a trainee accountant in the taxation department of Mills, Boon & Partners, a large regional accountancy practice based in York. The Tax Manager (who is your line manager and supervisor) is Ms Jayne Air.  She is away on annual leave for two weeks. In her absence she has asked you to look at some client work and prepare detailed responses ready to discuss with her on her return to work. She has given you the following client files to work on whilst she is away. Summarised file contents are given below, together with details of the work you are required to complete:  

File 1 – Rosie Posy and her parents Reg and Gladys

  1. Rosie is employed as an office manager by The Beverley Bun Company Ltd (TBBC).  Her salary is £36,000 per annum. The following information is also relevant:
  • TBBC provided Rosie with a Vauxhall Corsa Petrol 5-door hatchback car which she used for private purposes as well as business. The list price is £17,800 and the CO2 emissions are 115g/km.  Rosie had the use of this car for the whole of the tax year.
  • Rosie drove 13,000 business miles during 2019-20. She paid for all of the fuel herself and the company reimbursed her for her business mileage at the rate of 37p for every mile.
  • Rosie was a member of the company’s private health insurance scheme throughout the year.  The premium which TBBC paid for her for 2019-20 was £980.
  • In January 2019 TBBC made Rosie a loan of £30,000 to fund the deposit when she purchased her own home. TBBC charges her 1.5% interest per annum and the official rate of interest is 2.5%. 



  1. Calculate the total value of Rosie’s Benefits in Kind for 2019-20. Show your calculations in detail.                                                 7 marks
  2. Calculate the amount which Rosie can deduct for tax purposes under the AMAP scheme. State the amount which Rosie has been over- or under-reimbursed by TBBC.                                                       3 marks

Total marks for part (a)     10


  1. Reg was born in 1932 and he is married to Gladys who was born in 1937.  Reg and Gladys have been married for 64 years. Reg had the following income for 2019-20:

State pension £10,150

Private pension   £9,000

Bank and building society interest   £5,450

Dividends   £6,100

Gladys’s income consisted of the state pension only (£7,800 for 2019-20).



Prepare Reg’s income tax computation for 2019-20 and calculate his tax liability.

Marks for part (b)     10


Total marks for File 1      20


File 2 – Bellingham Limited


Bellingham Ltd has the following results for the four years ended 30th June:


30/06/2016 30/06/2017 30/06/2018 30/06/2019

      £       £       £       £

Trading profits/

(losses)     7,800   (41,000) (40,600)   10,200

Property income     8,400   10,600   13,600   14,800

Chargeable gains     7,200           –           –   22,000

Capital losses             –           –           –   (12,000)

Gift Aid donations     2,000     2,000     2,000     2,000




  1. Assuming that all possible claims are made to relieve the trading losses against total profits, at the earliest possible time, calculate the company’s taxable total profits (TTP) for each of the four years. Using loss memoranda, clearly show how each of the losses for the years ended 30th June 2017 and 2018 has been relieved, identifying any amounts which remain unrelieved. State whether there are any unrelieved charitable donations.

15 marks


  1. Explain the reforms to s45 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010 introduced by the Finance Act 2017 and comment on the advantages or disadvantages of the amendments to the rules for relief of corporate losses.

5 marks


Total marks for File 2     20


File 3 – Fred Forsyth


Fred is a married man aged 61.  He is semi-retired but still works part-time as a chartered surveyor.  For the 2019-20 tax year his income from all sources (after deduction of personal allowances) was £33,500.  He had unrelieved capital losses brought forward from earlier years of £12,000.  During the tax year 2019-20 he made the following capital transactions:


  1. On 5th June 2019 Fred sold a buy-to-let house for £140,000, incurring agents’ and legal fees of £750.  He acquired the house in 1992 for £65,000, and survey and legal fees cost £550.  The house was unmodernised and before it could be let to a tenant Fred spent £8,000 on a new kitchen and bathroom (this expenditure qualifies as “enhancement expenditure”). This house was not his Principal Private Residence at any time.
  2. On 31st August 2019 Fred gave a valuable first edition book (market value £30,000) to the British Museum.  He inherited this book from his aunt in 2012, when its probate value was £25,000. There were no incidental costs of either disposal or acquisition.
  3. On 3rd December 2019 Fred sold a second buy-to-let house to his son Jacob for £40,000. The market value of the house at that date was £85,000.  Legal costs for the sale were £800.  Fred inherited this house in 1992 from his grandmother (probate value £45,000, no incidental costs of acquisition). The house was not his Principal Private Residence at any time.
  4. On 18th January 2020 Fred sold an antique table for £5,300 (no incidental costs of disposal).  He had purchased the table for £6,200 in 2016 from an antique shop (no incidental costs of acquisition).
  5. On 3rd March 2020 Fred sold 2,000 shares in ABC plc for £19.00 each. Ignore incidental costs, which were minimal.  He acquired his shareholding over a period of time as follows:


1st August 2019 acquired 2,500 shares for £2 per share

15th February 2020 acquired 200 shares for £16 per share

3rd March 2020 acquired 1,200 shares for £18 per share




  1. Compute the chargeable capital gain or loss on each of the above transactions.

10 marks

  1. Calculate Fred’s Capital Gains Tax liability for 2019-20 and state the due date for payment. Allocate the annual exemption and losses in the most advantageous way.     10 marks


Total for File 3     20 marks


File 4 – Chris Dickens


Chris has been a tax client of Mills, Boon & Partners for many years. He is a retired Professor of Computer Science. He frequently asks Jayne challenging theoretical questions about the UK taxation system, and he likes to receive detailed written answers.  Recently he spotted the following quotation on the internet:


“The importance of fairness in taxation rests particularly in the natural desire of governors and governed for justice. ….. What is clear is that practical problems arise if the taxation system is perceived to be unjust.  At the extremes, such cataclysmic events as the French and American Revolutions were partly due to perceived inequity in taxation.  Less dramatic but nevertheless important, is the tendency for evasion and other forms of taxpayer resistance to increase under systems which are perceived to be seriously unfair.”

James S. and Nobes C (2018) The Economics of Taxation: Principles, Policy and Practice (2018) 18th edition, Fiscal Publications, Ch5 p78.


Jayne requires you to do the following so that she can reply to Professor Dickens:


Critically evaluate the above statement. Comment on the factors which have resulted in what some people perceive to be the unfairness of the current system, and the criteria which are fundamental to an equitable system of taxation.  Support your arguments by reference to UK tax law, academic literature and theory, and any other sources which you consider to be relevant.

20 marks


Question 5 – Liam Bronte


  1. Liam, aged 71, is considering his Inheritance Tax position.  He estimates that if he were to die in the near future his assets would consist of the following:


House (the family home) 220,000

Interest in a business * 340,000

Cash in bank and building society accounts 160,000

National Savings & Investments – Premium Bonds   31,000

Equity based investments 135,000

Personal effects   25,000



*This is Liam’s own business and his interest in it satisfies all the conditions for Business Property Relief.


Liam’s wife Janet died on 31 December 2015. Janet’s estate was valued at £240,000 and in her will she left it all to her sister Angela.  Janet had not made any chargeable lifetime transfers.


On 20 December 2013 Liam gave cash of £200,000 (net of all relevant exemptions) to his and Janet’s two children.  Liam has not made any other gifts which exceed the annual exemptions. 


In his will Liam leaves £35,000 to a local museum (which is a registered charity) and everything else equally to the two children. An estimate of funeral expenses, professional fees and general creditors when Liam dies is £11,000.



  1. Calculate the Inheritance Tax payable if Liam dies on (i) 30 November 2020 and (ii) 30 December 2020. Note that the amount of the Residential Nil Rate Band for 2020-21 will be £175,000. 

15 marks

  1. Suggest ways in which Liam might reduce any IHT liability, both now and in the future.       5 marks


Marks for File 5     20 marks





 Tax rates and allowances 2019-20


Income tax

Tax rates and bands


Basic rate 20%

Higher rate 40%

Additional rate 45%


Basic rate limit   £37,500

Higher rate limit £150,000


Taxable income   Band Rate Tax payable on band

£     £ % £

0–37,500   37,500 20 7,500

37,501–150,000 112,500 40 45,000

150,001- 45


Starting rate for savings 0%

Starting rate limit for savings £5,000

Personal savings allowance (basic rate taxpayer) £1,000

Personal savings allowance (higher rate taxpayer)   £500

Dividend allowance £2,000

Dividend ordinary rate   7.5%

Dividend upper rate 32.5%

Dividend additional rate 38.1%



Personal allowance 12,500
Marriage allowance       1,250
Blind person’s allowance 2,450
Married couple’s allowance

  Born before 6 April 1935

  Minimum amount



Income limit for basic personal allowance  100,000

  Income limit for age-related allowances                           29,600


Corporation tax                                                                 FINANCIAL YEARS

                                        2019          2018              2017         2016

Main rate 19% 19%           19%           20%

Patent box (effective rate)       10%   10%             10%         10%

R & D SMEs payable credit       14.5%   14.5%            14.5%       14.5%

R & D expenditure credit       12%   12%   11%         11%

  (12% w.e.f. 01.01.2018)


Note:  The main rate for FY 2020 will be 17%

Tax rates 2019-20 (cont.)


Company car and fuel benefits


Car Benefit  Fuel Scale Rate
List price x CO2 emissions

Zero                                        0%

50g/km or less                      16%

51-75g/km                            19%

76-94g/km                            22% 

95g/km                                 23%

1% increase for every 5g/km over 95g/km (max 37%)

£24,100 x CO2 emission %


Diesel cars – add 4% (max 37%)

Diesel hybrid cars are exempt from this supplement


Approved mileage allowance payments (AMAP)

The statutory system of tax and NICs free mileage rates for 2019/20 are as follows:

Car and Vans

First 10,000 miles 45p per mile

Over 10,000 miles 25p per mile

Motorcycles 24p per mile

Bicycles 20p per mile


Value added tax


Standard rate 20% (1/6 x Gross)

Reduced rate   5%

Zero rate   0%

Registration limit £85,000 taxable turnover in cumulative 12 month period

Deregistration limit £83,000


Capital allowances


Writing Down Allowance (WDA)

  • Main pool 18%
  • Special rate pool   6%


  • Annual Investment Allowance (AIA)  £200,000 per year from 1 January 2016 
  • AIA rate 100%
  • First Year Allowance (FYA) 100%


Tax rates 2019-20 (cont.)


Inheritance tax


Value up to £325,000   nil                    

Value above £325,000                                 40%

Lifetime gifts rate                                          20%

Charitable gifts                                             36%

Annual gifts exemption     £3,000

Main residence nil rate band £150,000

Taper relief:

Period between transfer and death %age tax reduction

            3 years or less 0

Over 3 but not more than 4 years 20

Over 4 but not more than 5 years 40

Over 5 but not more than 6 years 60

Over 6 but not more than 7 years 80


National insurance

Class 1 Employed Earners from 6 April 2019

£ per week earnings


Earnings up to £166 a week        nil

Earnings between £166 and £962 12.0%

Earnings over £962 per week   2.0%


Earnings up to £166 a week        nil

Earnings above £166 a week 13.8%

Self-employed   £

Class 2 contributions                   3.00 per week

Small profits threshold 6,365

Class 4 contributions 9% of profits between         8,632 – 50,000

2% above         50,000


Capital gains tax







Annual exempt

amount 2019-20


Standard rate 10 18 12,000
Higher rate 20 28
Entrepreneurs’ rate

Entrepreneurs’ relief     lifetime limit:





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