A G Smith & Co

Protect your Home

Protect your Home

Posted on 21/09/2018 by Jordan Smith

A government think-tank, the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS), was briefed to consider a non-tax issue, a restricted form of limited liability for sole traders.

At present, a sole trader’s personal assets (including their home) are vulnerable to a claim by business creditors if the sole trader business becomes insolvent.

The principle behind this Sole Enterprise with Protected Assets (SEPA) scheme is that it will allow an individual to continue to trade as a sole trader whilst offering protection for their primary residence against claims arising from the business. The primary residence will not be protected from personal claims nor will any other asset be protected.

In essence, SEPA offers a limited, limited liability vehicle for sole traders.

In conclusion the OTS report says:

The case for SEPA’s introduction is not by any means cast iron. But our work indicates that SEPA has the potential to be a useful simplification for those that would otherwise consider incorporation. Furthermore, it could provide a boost to enterprise.

Accordingly, we recommend that it should be developed into a formal proposal. While doing so, one would have to address some of the issues that we have raised in this report as well as fully assessing any impact on the creditor and debt collection markets.

Which in plain speaking means SPEA is a good idea, but don’t hold your breath. We will have to wait and see if the required changes in legislation appear at some future date.

Case Studies


A Refrigeration Company with Cash at Year-End 1. A Refrigeration Company with Cash at Year-End Andrew Smith (FCCA), Director Find out more >
A Taxi Company Moving into the Digital World 2. A Taxi Company Moving into the Digital World Jordan Smith (BSc) Find out more >
Small Sole-Trader Wind-Up: Securing Income for Husband & Wife 3. Small Sole-Trader Wind-Up: Securing Income for Husband & Wife Brandon Hart (FMAAT), Accounts Manager Find out more >

Read Some More...

11/07/2019 HMRC prevents phone fraudsters

HMRC prevents phone fraudsters

New defensive controls recently deployed by HMRC have put an end to fraudsters spoofing the tax authority’s most recognisable helpline numbers.

Read more

08/07/2019 Brexit Risk Assessment

Brexit Risk Assessment

It looks increasingly likely that we are heading for a no-deal Brexit. Taken literally, this means that our present relaxed trading relationship with customers and suppliers in the EU will cease at the end of October this year.

Read more

03/07/2019 Reconsider cycle to work scheme

Reconsider cycle to work scheme

The government have recently announced that they are to extend the criteria for an approved, and therefore tax-effective, cycle-to-work scheme as part of their drive to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions in urban environments.

Read more