Specialist advice for Consultants

Whether you are working privately or in the NHS or a combination of the two, you need to be sure that you are organising your affairs to minimise your taxes and ensure your pension is secure.

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Scheme Pays Election for Consultants

Helping Consultants make the right choices

We help consultants deal with the annual allowance pension charge and the mechanics of making a ‘Scheme Pays Election’.

Getting the right level of Pension Savings

You will be liable to the annual allowance charge if your annual pension savings are more than the annual allowance for a tax year taking into account any unused annual allowance brought forward.  You will have to report the excess pension savings on your self assessment tax return.

The amount of the annual allowance charge will be included in the tax calculation and you would normally have to pay the charge with your usual self assessment tax.  However, you may make an election requiring NHS Pensions to pay some or all of the annual allowance charge on your behalf out of your pension fund.

There is a downside…

There will be an appropriate reduction in your pension benefits. This is the ‘Scheme Pays election’.

This is not the best choice for everyone

You need to ensure you fully understand the consequences for your pension benefits before you decide to make this election.

In order to make a valid election, you have to meet the following conditions:

  • You have to make the election within the time limit.  For example, if you want your pension scheme to pay your annual allowance charge for a tax year, you must make the election no later than 31st July following the end of the next tax year.
  • Your annual allowance charge for the tax year must exceed £2,000.
  • The amount of your pension savings in the NHS scheme alone must be more than the annual allowance for the year.

If you make the Scheme Pays election, you will still need to make entries regarding your annual pension savings on your self assessment tax return.  You will need to include an entry for the annual allowance charge and entries for the amount of the charge being paid by your pension scheme and the amount of charge being paid by yourself.

Where we come in

  • We can calculate the annual allowance charge.
  • We can help you make the election requiring NHS Pensions to pay the annual allowance charge.
  • We can ensure that you understand the consequences of making the election.
  • We can ensure that HMRC acknowledge that you have made the election and that your account with HMRC is credited with the payment made by your pension scheme.
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HMRC have increasingly got GPs in their sights and many Practices have been subject to lengthy tax investigations. Make sure you’re covered with our annual insurance scheme.

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Talk to one of our Medical Accounting Team for free. We can discuss your circumstances and how we can help you achieve better financial management, reduce your tax bills or plan for the future with a tailored fixed price plan.

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What our clients say…

Dr David Paige, Consultant Dermatologist, The Holly Private Hospital

The reason I was first attracted to Nichols was when I heard Mr Nichols explain the complexities of the Life-time allowance and the Annual allowance changes in simple terms. I have had no regrets using this firm as they are very trustworthy and honest.

They also sorted out my allocation of rental income to my partner correctly which I had been badly advised on before by a very large and well known accountancy firm.

They respond in a timely manner to queries and (politely) chase me up over submitting my tax return details. I would recommend them to anybody in the medical profession.

Dr Colm Irving, Consultant Anaesthetist

Nichols and Co have done two things for me which have changed my financial life. They advised me to incorporate my practice and introduced me to online accounting using XERO. Both these moves have saved me time, money and stress. If I do get stressed Danny Woodham is immediately available on the end of a phone or an email.

Dr Miguel Plaza, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Kings College Hospital

I have been with Nichols & Co since the beginning of my career and there is a reason for that. Not only they do their job very well, they simply care for you, because you become part of the Nichols family and this is what makes them unique. They will look after you so well, that you will never want to leave. If you want the best, you want Nichols & Co.

Dr Dimitri Amiras, Consultant

I first started using Nichols and Co in my first year of doing private consultancy work. I found them to be professional, responsive and knowledgeable. It can be quite stressful when you are faced with confusing tax and especially pension rules when you start as a consultant. However, I've always found them able to explain and guide me through the complicated process.

Dr Andrew Plumb – Consultant

I received a recommendation from a colleague for Nichols & Co over 5 years ago and have been with them ever since, initially with Debra and subsequently Danny being my accountant.

They have consistently been responsive, efficient and clear in all communications, whether via phone, email or using their secure online portals. All requests are dealt with rapidly and with a deep understanding of modern hospital medicine including private practice.

I’ve received excellent advice on all matters of taxation and expenses, practice structure, allowances and the NHS pension (including the taper and annual allowance charges). I would definitely and strongly recommend them.

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HOW WE CAN HELP

A specialist healthcare team to advise you
Call free for support at any time
Keep you up to date with the latest changes
No fuss, smooth process to change to us
Members of AISMA - Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants

Meet our team

We have a panel of subject experts and a team of professional accountancy support staff to make sure your specific needs are met reliably and cost effectively.

FREE

EXPERT CONSULTATION

Talk to one of our Medical Accounting Team for free. We can discuss your circumstances and how we can help you achieve better financial management, reduce your tax bills or plan for the future with a tailored fixed price plan.

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What our clients say...

We have been with Nichols & Co for over a year now. Very smooth transition with good communication at all times. We found them very professional and their knowledge of general practice is very reassuring. They make what can be complex situations easy to understand. They have also introduced us to a Personally Administered Items claim review service, which has helped us not only making a retrospective claim for the missed income but also delivering improvement in our PAI income going forward. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent, friendly, reliable accountancy service.

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Self Employed

As a Self Employed locum GP both Method 1 and Method 2 are available to claim motor expenses.

If I chose method 2, how would this work?

So, as an example, if you used your car 50% for business and 50% for private use, you could claim a tax deduction on the costs as detailed below:

Example Total Annual Running Costs
Petrol: £2,600
Insurance: £1,000
Repairs: £500
Road tax: £120
Annual service: £800
RAC/AA: £75
Total: £5,095

Less 50% for private use: £2,547
Allowable expense £2,548

How do Capital Allowances work?

You can also claim capital allowances on the cost of the car. The rate of capital allowances you can claim is dependent upon the CO2 emission level of your vehicle. The amount you can claim can range from 100% to 6%. A 100% capital allowance claim accelerates the available tax relief.

To qualify for 100% first year capital allowances, there is an upper CO2 emissions limit of 50 g/km which was introduced from 6 April 2018 and will last until 2023. The car must be bought new.

For a sole trader with a top rate of tax at 40% who would use the car with 50% private use the following tax savings would be made:

Example Costs
Based on: BMW i3 Electric 12 ah Auto.
Purchased: 2019/20 Tax Year
List price: £35,125
Capital allowances claim: £35,125, but restricted to 50% business use, therefore tax relief £17,562 at 40% tax plus 2% NIC.

Tax saving in year of purchase: £7,376 (42% x £17,562)
This means that, after tax, cost of the vehicle is an effective £27,749.

The following link shows the current 285 vehicles that qualify:
http://comcar.co.uk/advanced/selector/profiles/FirstYearAllowance?clk=1

Which method is best?

If you are buying a car which you are using mainly for business and doing a large amount of business miles, then method 2 (the Capital Allowance Claim) usually gives a higher tax relief.

Salaried

You will almost always make a claim using Method 1, the mileage claim.

Limited Company

You will almost always claim using Method 1, the mileage claim.

Umbrella Company

The umbrella company will dictate what expenses you can claim. You will nearly always use Method 1, the mileage claim.

Tracy Ford, Practice Manager

We have been with Nichols & Co for over a year now. Very smooth transition with good communication at all times. We found them very professional and their knowledge of general practice is very reassuring. They make what can be complex situations easy to understand.

They have also introduced us to a Personally Administered Items claim review service, which has helped us not only making a retrospective claim for the missed income but also delivering improvement in our PAI income going forward.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent, friendly, reliable accountancy service.

Dr William Jasper, GP Partner

We have received an excellent service since we moved to Nichols & Co. The transition has been the most hassle-free and transparent. They are always very helpful with any queries you might have and have a very good working knowledge of General Practice and are keenly aware of the challenges Practices face within the changing environment of the NHS.

We have been very impressed by the way Nichols & Co continue to deliver the range of services they provide from Accounts to Tax and NHS Pension advice.

At the year-end meetings, the accounts are presented in an understandable format without any unnecessary jargons. We have found Practice consultation and advice on Practice as well as personal tax matters from Nichols & Co specifically helpful.

We would not hesitate to recommend them to other GP Practices.

Drs R and N Nair

Nichols & Co have been our accountants for the last 6 years and we always feel that we are a valued client of theirs. They respond promptly to any queries you have either via email or telephone or if need be, in person. Each year Debra visits me at my practice and takes time to go through the accounts with me so that I really understand them, helping me make better decisions.

In 2017, we moved into new premises, and Nichols and Co were able to assist me with claiming back a large amount of tax on the refurbishment of our new premises.

Our practice has changed a great deal over the last few years and having the support of a good accountant has been a great help. I would recommend them without reservations.

GP Partner, London

Nichols and Co have provided high standard medical accountancy services to our GP practice for many years. 

They are experienced in their field and provide a dedicated partner who attends our annual financial partnership meeting. This meeting allows time for all involved to raise queries regarding issues such as tax and pension. Additionally, wider comparisons are made with local and national figures. Queries raised at other times are dealt with in a professional and time efficient manner.

I can recommend them.

Dr C DeSouza, Salaried GP

I am a GP who works both in salaried and sessional roles. I have been with Nichols & Co for nearly three years. They have helped with my tax returns and can help with the range of different forms required in GP work. Danny and Shadmir have been accurate and efficient in their advice and guidance throughout. They have also been helpful and responsive when I have needed advice on the purchase of a car and also when looking to prove my income in order to get a mortgage. The system for providing income details and expenses is very easy to use and the summary they provide of how and when to pay your tax could not be clearer. I would recommend Nichols & Co to any colleague looking for an accountant with a good knowledge of GP work. 

Dr PS, Salaried GP

I have employed the services of Nichols and Co accountants since 2016 and I have found their services to be second-to-none.

Mr Shadmir Baig has been my accountant since 2016 and his expertise and timely assessments have really helped in tackling tax matters and my anxieties around them. The advice I have received is always accurate, simple to follow and the response time is simply excellent!

I have always been able to access services rapidly. The firm has an extremely organised reminder system so that deadlines are not breached and for someone juggling a busy job and parenthood this is a huge help. The firm exceeds itself when it comes to friendly and accurate advice. The staff are always extremely helpful.

I am absolutely thrilled with their services and would not hesitate at all to recommend this firm to friends and colleagues.

Dr Helen Butler, Salaried GP

As a newly-qualified, portfolio GP with lots of different workstreams, the prospect of a self-assessment tax return was rather overwhelming! Debra immediately put me at ease at our initial meeting. 5 years on, Debra and the team continue to make the whole process so simple and are always friendly and approachable. I have recommended Debra to many colleagues over the years. A fantastic service. Thanks Debra!

Dr Emma Agyekum, Salaried GP

I am a salaried GP who owns a rental property and locums and Nichols have looked after all aspects of my taxation for several years. They have provided me with valuable advice for which I am extremely grateful and respond to queries competently, thoroughly and efficiently. They have taken the time to educate me on various financial matters which makes filing my self assessment tax return almost effortless. I am always impressed by how speedily they respond to my emails and submit tax returns which enables me to better plan for the financial year ahead. I would confidently recommend their professional, efficient, friendly and reliable service to anyone.

Steve Nichols

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Chartered Accountant & Chartered Tax Advisor

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Shadmir Baig

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