30
May

Is professional gambling a trade?

A thought-provoking question that has been asked by one of our readers is whether professional gambling is a trade or not. The answer to this question might surprise you. According to HMRC and reinforced by a number of court cases is the answer that gambling is not a taxable trade. This answer holds even for a professional gambler who spends a significant amount of time building up their expertise and honing their skills.

This view is confirmed in HMRC’s Business Income Manual where HMRC says that ‘thefact that a taxpayer has a system by which they place their bets, or that they are sufficiently successful to earn a living by gambling does not make their activities a trade’.

The only caveat to HMRC’s guidance is the possibility that some ‘professional gamblers’ do carry on a trade, for example, where they receive appearance money for appearing on television programmes. In fact, a professional gambler has nothing to report to HMRC (unless he has other sources of income). However, we would still recommend keeping records of winnings (and losses) should you ever become the subject of an HMRC enquiry and be required to prove your source of income.

Planning note

This issue can also raise difficulties for a non-taxpayer. For example, it would be very difficult to obtain a mortgage or other type of loan from a mainstream financial lender. Gambling winnings in the UK are also tax-free regardless of whether it’s your main source of income or a simple hobby. Interestingly, the UK’s view is not common across the world and many other jurisdictions tax gambling winnings.

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30
May

Children’s savings and tax

All children in the UK have their own personal annual allowance. However, anti-avoidance laws prevent this allowance being utilised by parents of children aged under 18 with some minimal exceptions. If older children are employed by a parent, then they can receive income paid as wages subject to the usual rules.

There are special rules if a parent gifts significant amounts of money to their children which results in them receiving bank interest of more than

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16
May

When might you be due a tax refund?

HMRC has issued helpful guidance that explains when you might be due a tax refund and how to make a claim.

According to HMRC you may be able to claim a refund if you:

  • are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay;
  • have stopped work;
  • sent a tax return and paid too much tax;
  • have paid too much tax on pension payments;
  • bought a life annuity.

You may also qualify for tax rebates if you have spent money on your job such as fuel costs or work clothing, paid tax on savings interest or if you have income in one country and live in another.

Claims can be backdated for up to four years after the end of the tax year. This means that claims still be made for overpaid interest dating back as far as the 2014-15 tax year which ended on 5 April 2015. The deadline for making claims for the 2014-15 tax year is 5 April 2019.

Making a claim depends on a number of factors. For example, the annual reconciliation of PAYE for the tax year 2017-18 is under way. HMRC use salary and pension information to calculate if the correct amount of tax has been paid. Where the incorrect amount of tax has been paid, HMRC use the P800 form to inform taxpayers. HMRC expects to send all P800 forms by the end of September 2018 for those due a refund. The P800 will tell you how to apply for a refund or how to pay any tax underpaid. For earlier tax years a claim can usually be made online.

Planning note:

It is also possible to make a claim for overpaid tax during the current tax year, if for example you are made redundant or are leaving the UK to live abroad. If you need any assistance in making a claim for overpaid tax, we are here to help.

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