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Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

Here's some fun tax trivia for you ...

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POSTED BY HELEN BEAUMONT ON 21/12/2018 @ 8:00AM

With most of us finishing for the holidays today, I thought I'd join the festivities and let you have some tax trivia. You could even use a few of these facts as a replacement for rubbish cracker jokes this year ...

Here's some fun tax trivial for you to use instead of rubbish cracker jokes!

Here's some fun tax trivial for you to use instead of rubbish cracker jokes!

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So, first up is how much we'll spend. The average British home will spend around £809 at Christmas. Food, drink, travel, decorations and gifts ... with the latter being 58% of the total cost. More useful trivia facts include:

  • Tax on your alcohol in the UK comes to more than half the total cost. They are higher in Finland, Ireland and Germany, but we British pay more tax on our booze than most other European countries.

  • The average cost of decorating your office is tax deductible as a running cost!

  • Between 1709 and 1831, we had a candle tax and you weren't allowed to make your own without a license. Generations were condemned to darkness or to making 'rushlights' which were made by dipping rushes in animal fat. This didn't just happen at Christmas, but all year round. Of course, using rushes you could light them at both ends at once which is where we get the term 'burning the candle at both ends'. As you can imagine, it was deeply unpopular.

  • A Snowball (marshmallow on biscuit covered in chocolate is, in fact, a cake so just like our beloved Jaffa Cakes, they are zero-rated for VAT.

  • Only 13% of UK families attend church on Christmas Day, however, many countries in Europe have a church tax and this includes Austria, Iceland and Germany. Paying 8 or 9% of your salary to the church would be deeply unpopular.

  • Over 10 million Turkeys are cooked in the UK each Christmas. Some employers offer a hampers with a turkey, wine and other treats in, but if that employee earns more than £8,500 per annum it must be declared on the form P11D.

  • Millions of us will be exchanging presents and feasting this Christmas, yet over 1,600 people will take time out from the festivities to do their tax return.

So, let's hope Santa is kind to you this year (you have been good, right?) and let me round off this blog post by wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Until next time ...

HELEN BEAUMONT


PS:

If you're looking to work with an expert tax advisor with a wide range of tax experience, do visit www.essendontax.co.uk to find out more about me and discover how I can help!


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Helen brings the personal tax planning experience of the top 20 tax companies to Essendon. Formerly of MacIntyre Hudson (with 45 offices nationwide), Helen worked at Chancery for more than 10 years before joining Essendon as the personal tax specialist.

Tax Planning can make a considerable difference to your tax liability. Helen’s specialist knowledge in tax planning and experience ensures every opportunity to minimise your tax bill is utilised. By analysing your investments, income, profit and expenditures, Helen will provide strategic tax planning expertise that could offer significant savings, whilst delivering clear, honest advice and guidance.

When Helen is not at Essendon she spends time with her young son and likes going on long walks with the family dog.