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22
Dec

New COVID financial support announced

New COVID financial support announced

Following the impact on businesses in England of the current ‘Plan B’ covid measures and the impact of Omicron on trade in the hospitality sector in particular, the Government has announced a new support package.

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14
Dec

Prepare now for the final stage of MTD for VAT

Prepare now for the final stage of MTD for VAT

The final stage of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is just a few short months away. From 1 April 2022, even the smallest VAT registered business will need to comply with the quarterly digital recording and reporting of VAT – including those below the £85,000 VAT threshold who are voluntarily registered.

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14
Dec

Eight New Year’s resolutions that businesses should follow

Eight New Year’s resolutions that businesses should follow

Every year many of us decide to set a New Year’s resolution. Perhaps it is losing weight, going vegetarian or putting extra money away in your savings. Of course, inevitably, life can get in the way and it is easy to lose track of the promises you set yourself.

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14
Dec

Homes price boom sparks a big rise in Inheritance Tax receipts – What can you do to save tax?

Homes price boom sparks a big rise in Inheritance Tax receipts – What can you do to save tax?

Campaigners are angry over the fact that more and more people will be drawn into paying Inheritance Tax (IHT), after a big rise in receipts. They are angry that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has frozen the IHT nil rate band and residence nil rate band at £325,000 and £175,000, respectively, until 2026...

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14
Dec

PAYE Settlement Agreement can save time and costs

PAYE Settlement Agreement can save time and costs

For busy small businesses, a PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) offers a simpler alternative to pay your employees. It allows you to make one annual payment to cover all the tax and National Insurance due on minor, irregular or impracticable expenses or benefits for your workforce.

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14
Dec

Self-Assessment taxpayers warned over fraudsters trying to steal information

Self-Assessment taxpayers warned over fraudsters trying to steal information

Self-Assessment taxpayers have been warned to be on their guard against fraudsters trying to steal their information. Over the last year, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) received nearly 900,000 reports from the public about suspicious HMRC contact, which included phone calls, texts or emails.

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14
Dec

Should payments made by an employee for vehicle and uniform rental be treated as reductions when calculating the National Minimum Wage (NMW)?

Should payments made by an employee for vehicle and uniform rental be treated as reductions when calculating the National Minimum Wage (NMW)?

Well according to a recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), yes, they should. In this latest case, a taxi driver in Watford was employed by a firm, which dictated that as part of his conditions of employment he was required to provide a vehicle and uniform, both of which were rented...

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9
Dec

Plan B – What does it mean for you and your business?

Plan B – What does it mean for you and your business?

As infection rates of the Omicron COVID-19 variant rise across the UK, the Government has decided to implement its Plan B measures to restrict the spread of the virus. Although this announcement was expected, and details of it widely publicised beforehand, here is what you need to know...

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29
Nov

Take advantage of the extension to the Recovery Loan Scheme

Take advantage of the extension to the Recovery Loan Scheme

Find out how your businesses can benefit from this Government-backed funding Although much of the COVID-19 financial support has been withdrawn, the Government still wants businesses to access funding to aid their recovery. That is why the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has extended the Recovery Loan Scheme until 30 June 2022...

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15
Nov

Simple steps you can take to cut business costs and maximise profits

Simple steps you can take to cut business costs and maximise profits

Cost-saving will be key for many businesses struggling to get back up to speed after the pandemic. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were hit hard and now face higher inflation, skills shortages and rising wages. The Bank of England says the inflation figure could even hit four per cent by December.

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15
Nov

Is your business struggling with debt? Regain control today

Is your business struggling with debt? Regain control today

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were hit hardest at the beginning of the pandemic. They had access to support, like the Bounce Back Loan, which was easier to access and had lower interest rates, but those only helped during the short term.

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15
Nov

Top tips for filing your Self-Assessment tax return

Top tips for filing your Self-Assessment tax return

If you have to submit a Self-Assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), you only have a few weeks left to submit it online. The clock is ticking on the 31 January 2022 online tax return deadline – miss it, and you could face fines. The 2020/21 tax return covers earnings and payments during the pandemic...

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15
Nov

How businesses can avoid becoming the victims of fraud

How businesses can avoid becoming the victims of fraud

UK businesses have had plenty to cope with over the last 20 months or so. Hammered by COVID-19, hit by a skills shortage and coping with sometimes patchy supply chains. So, it’s even more important that they have robust measures in place to tackle fraud.

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15
Nov

Need Help to Grow? Learn about the latest Government-backed support for SMEs

Need Help to Grow? Learn about the latest Government-backed support for SMEs

The Help to Grow campaign was first announced in the Spring Budget earlier this year but received yet another mention in the Autumn Budget as the Government ramps up support for smaller businesses. It has been designed to help more than 100,000 SMEs access management training and advice on innovations...

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15
Nov

Business rates reform – How will it affect you

Business rates reform – How will it affect you

For years businesses on the British high street have been calling for reforms to the business rates system. The Chancellor has finally announced new measures in the Autumn Budget that he claims will reduce the burden of business rates in England by over £7 billion over the next five years.

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12
Nov

What Is the Best Cloud Accounting Software for UK Restaurants?

What Is the Best Cloud Accounting Software for UK Restaurants?

A business that deals with cash flow every minute of the day, like a restaurant, can greatly benefit from cloud accounting software. Learn the best solution.

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27
Oct

Autumn Budget 2021

Autumn Budget 2021

With the Speaker of the House of Commons by tradition not presiding over the Budget, the Chancellor might have hoped he would escape a rebuke over the number of important announcements disclosed to the media in advance. That was not to be, with the Chancellor instead receiving a ticking-off from Dame Eleanor Laing, the Chairman of...

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25
Oct

Worried COVID Plan B may affect you or your business?

Worried COVID Plan B may affect you or your business?

The pandemic and its restrictions have placed a strain on all of us. It is not surprising that many fear the return of more measures that restrict our lives and businesses. There is growing concern that we are heading towards another spike in infections and a move to Plan B – what does this mean for you?

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15
Oct

I have been sent a nudge letter by HMRC – What should I do next?

I have been sent a nudge letter by HMRC – What should I do next?

Thousands of taxpayers across the UK have received ‘nudge letters’ from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) encouraging them to declare unpaid tax. The reasons for being targeted vary but the impact of being contacted by HMRC can cause a lot of stress, leaving many taxpayers unsure about what they should do.

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15
Oct

Received a CJRS compliance check? Act now!

Received a CJRS compliance check? Act now!

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ended in September but many firms could still be subject to a CJRS compliance check in the weeks and months ahead. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been sending out letters to employers throughout the year telling them they need to pay back CJRS payments because they claimed too much or are suspected of furlough fraud.

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15
Oct

MTD for Income Tax delayed – What it means for you

MTD for Income Tax delayed – What it means for you

Unincorporated businesses have heaved a sigh of relief after the Government delayed the date for the implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) by one year to 2024. Hit hard by the pandemic, it will give these businesses, including the self-employed and landlords...

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15
Oct

Buying a business – Top tips to secure the best deal

Buying a business – Top tips to secure the best deal

Have you ever considered buying a business? Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or just starting out, acquiring a ‘ready-made’ business offers a number of advantages. For established businesses, buying a second company can help them break into new markets or acquire machinery, skilled workers or innovations...

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15
Oct

Six steps to secure finance for your business

Six steps to secure finance for your business

Lots of businesses are seeking out finance at the moment, whether to fund an acquisition or finance investment, but given the challenges the economy faces, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure the right deal. If a business hasn’t sought out finance for a while or there has been a significant change to their...

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15
Oct

Managing business costs – what the energy and supply crisis may mean for your company

Managing business costs – what the energy and supply crisis may mean for your company

The last month has highlighted the challenges that many businesses face when it comes to supplies and costs. Visions of people filling up plastic bottles with petrol or pulling trolleys of toilet rolls to their car may seem bizarre but they have become reality in the last year and this shortage of key supplies is affecting businesses.

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5
Oct

Kickstart Scheme and apprenticeship incentives extended

Kickstart Scheme and apprenticeship incentives extended

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced extensions to both the Kickstart Scheme and incentives to employers to take on apprentices.

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24
Sep

Final SEISS deadline – Submit your claim by 30th September!

Final SEISS deadline – Submit your claim by 30th September!

If you are applying for the fifth and final grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), you must ensure that your application and any necessary documents are with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) by 30th September.

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15
Sep

SME confidence is on the rise as employers make plans to expand their workforce

SME confidence is on the rise as employers make plans to expand their workforce

Official research has found increasing confidence amongst SME employers, with 26 per cent saying they expect to increase their employee headcounts over the coming year. The findings from the Small Business Survey, carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), show that the number of small...

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15
Sep

Minimum wage non-payment excuses ‘outrageous’

Minimum wage non-payment excuses ‘outrageous’

The National Minimum Wage has been in place for more than two decades. It currently stands at £8.91 per hour for adults over the age of 23 (The National Living Wage), while the lowest figure is £4.30 per hour for an apprentice. While a sizeable number of breaches will be down to errors or incorrect interpretation of...

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15
Sep

Couples could be missing out on tax breaks

Couples could be missing out on tax breaks

Couples may be missing out on tax breaks without realising it, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Savings can be made both with Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) by using their personal tax allowance.For CGT, a couple’s two allowances (each equal to £12,300) can be combined to reduce the final tax bill on a transaction...

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15
Sep

New weapons in the war on cybercrime

New weapons in the war on cybercrime

It is a nightmare that plagues both business and private users alike, but cyber security experts are continuing to fight back against the online crooks using email scams targeting their organisations. The UK’s cyber police force, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has published guidance for businesses on...

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15
Sep

Beware of rising house prices increasing Inheritance Tax liability

Beware of rising house prices increasing Inheritance Tax liability

While rising property values may seem like good news, as prices go through the roof it could land you with a hefty Inheritance Tax (IHT) bill. The latest data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) show that the average IHT tax bill stood at nearly £210,000. IHT is a charge on the value of the estate of someone who has died...

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15
Sep

Frustrated SMEs turning to unsecured loans to grow businesses

Frustrated SMEs turning to unsecured loans to grow businesses

As the UK emerges from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic there are many positive indicators of financial recovery, such as a fall in COVID-induced public spending, a rise in job vacancies and a decline in unemployment, all of which are encouraging businesses to grow.

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8
Sep

How will the National Insurance and dividend tax increases affect me?

How will the National Insurance and dividend tax increases affect me?

Taxpayers face an increase in their National Insurance contributions (NICs) and dividend tax rates from 2022. To explain how this significant change may affect you, please use our helpful FAQ below: How much is the National Insurance rate increasing? The Health and Social Care Levy will see a 1.25 percentage point increase in NICs.

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24
Aug

Beware of exceeding your pension pot allowance

Beware of exceeding your pension pot allowance

Thousands of people who put money into their pension each year are inadvertently failing to declare pension tax charges, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). This can lead to an unexpected and costly tax bill. Most taxpayers can save up to £40,000 in pension contributions tax-free each tax year...

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24
Aug

Draft legislation published for next Finance Bill

Draft legislation published for next Finance Bill

Taxation and other measures to be included in the Finance Bill for 2021-22 have now been announced. The draft legislation largely covers pre-announced policy changes, along with accompanying explanatory notes, tax information and impact notes, as well as responses to consultations and other supporting documents.

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24
Aug

Super-deduction gives businesses confidence to grow

Super-deduction gives businesses confidence to grow

As the UK economy gets back to full speed and confidence grows amongst small businesses, the impact of the ‘super-deduction’ and the ‘special rate allowance (SRA)’ should encourage even stronger growth. According to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the super-deduction will give companies a strong incentive...

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24
Aug

Taxman says help available as debt collection resumes

Taxman says help available as debt collection resumes

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that debt collection will resume as the UK emerges from the pandemic and it will be contacting taxpayers who have fallen behind with their taxes. HMRC says it will take an understanding and supportive approach to dealing with those who have tax debts or are concerned...

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24
Aug

SMEs optimistic and frustrated as economy set to thrive

SMEs optimistic and frustrated as economy set to thrive

With predictions that the UK economy is set to grow at its fastest pace in 80 years and could recover to its pre-pandemic size by the end of this year, SME owners are feeling more optimistic and are keen to invest in growth.

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24
Aug

HMRC auto-correcting 2020-21 SEISS tax returns

HMRC auto-correcting 2020-21 SEISS tax returns

Where grants claimed under the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) do not correspond with records held by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), it will auto-correct 2020-21 tax returns and issue a new SA302 calculation to both taxpayer and acting agent.

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2
Aug

The fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open

The fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that the portal for the fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open. In recent weeks, the tax authority has been directly contacting taxpayers that it believes are eligible for the fifth round of the scheme, providing them with their personal claim date.

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26
Jul

Government updates self-isolation rules with limited exemptions for 16 sectors

Government updates self-isolation rules with limited exemptions for 16 sectors

While most Covid restrictions in England ended on Monday 19 July, the requirements for people testing positive and their close contacts to self-isolate will continue to apply until 16 August, when they will change for under-18s and double-vaccinated adults.

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19
Jul

Freedom Day – What does it mean for businesses?

Freedom Day – What does it mean for businesses?

From 19 July the majority of the remaining Coronavirus pandemic restrictions will end in England, with a similar reduction of measures in Wales and Scotland. Commonly being referred to as Freedom Day, this final step in reopening the economy will see many of the rules placed upon businesses removed.

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13
Jul

Time to prepare for Corporation Tax changes

Time to prepare for Corporation Tax changes

From April 2023, the Corporation Tax rate will rise for companies with profits of more than £50,000, following the Chancellor’s announcement at his Spring 2021 Budget. However, the new higher rate of Corporation Tax will not be the same for all companies and will instead be tied to their profits.

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13
Jul

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax – Get ready now!

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax – Get ready now!

The next big step in the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative is rapidly approaching. From 6 April 2023, MTD is expanding to include businesses and landlords with a combined total gross income over £10,000 per annum, from the following sources...

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13
Jul

Points-based system for HMRC late payment penalties

Points-based system for HMRC late payment penalties

Penalties for late submission and late tax payments will be determined by a new points system to make them fairer and more consistent, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced. Under the new system, penalties will be points-based rather than automatic. This means that those who consistently miss deadlines will accrue...

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13
Jul

Take account of your year-end tax liabilities

Take account of your year-end tax liabilities

Payments on account are advance payments towards your tax liability for the year, if you complete a UK Self-Assessment tax return and is a way of settling tax owed. The two deadlines for the self-employed to pay their tax bills are 31 January and 31 July of each year. These two payments are made during the year...

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13
Jul

Director’s ban a warning to others to keep proper company records

Director’s ban a warning to others to keep proper company records

A payroll services boss has been banned for orchestrating a multi-million-pound tax avoidance scheme. The case puts a spotlight on company owners and should serve as a reminder that they are subject to strict conditions over keeping records.The High Court issued a disqualification order lasting 11 years to the sole...

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13
Jul

Don’t miss the deadline for renewing tax credits

Don’t miss the deadline for renewing tax credits

Unlike other benefits, tax credits usually have to be renewed each year by 31 July to continue receiving payments from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). If you are claiming tax credits, it is really important to look carefully at the information you receive. Even if you have stopped getting tax credits, you still need to check...

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13
Jul

A helping hand with the cost of children’s summer activities

A helping hand with the cost of children’s summer activities

Parents faced with the financial headache of childcare over the long school summer holidays are reminded they can get support from the Government. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for their childcare costs over the summer.

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24
Jun

CJRS – Upcoming changes to payments and the furlough scheme

CJRS – Upcoming changes to payments and the furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to support many businesses, who are reliant on the financial support it offers to cover the costs of staff on furlough. Extended earlier this year in the Budget, support from the CJRS will slowly be withdrawn in the next three months before closing altogether...

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24
Jun

Preparing for the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday

Preparing for the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday

Introduced in July 2020, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Holiday has helped hundreds of homeowners and investors to reduce the cost of purchasing a new property. However, the higher SDLT thresholds will change from 1 July increasing the cost of buying or transferring a home. From the beginning of July, the SDLT rules...

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24
Jun

Government extends ban on commercial evictions until March 2022

Government extends ban on commercial evictions until March 2022

The Treasury has reassured many distressed business owners by confirming that a moratorium on commercial evictions introduced in April 2020 will now be extended for another year. The ban, introduced more than a year ago, has already been extended twice and was due to expire at the end of June but will now remain in place...

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24
Jun

Fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to launch in late July

Fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to launch in late July

The fifth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will launch in late July, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. This round of the SEISS will differ from previous rounds as it will be paid at two different rates, which depend on the reduction in turnover a self-employed individual...

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24
Jun

Businesses can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme

Businesses can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme

Businesses affected by Coronavirus can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched in April, despite the closure of applications for other Government loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The RLS opened for application on 6 April 2021, following the closure of...

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14
Jun

Make sure to include SEISS grants on your next tax returns

Make sure to include SEISS grants on your next tax returns

People who enrolled in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have been reminded that they must include income from their grants on tax returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as it is subject to Income Tax and National Insurance. They should liaise with their accountants so an accurate return can be sent to HMRC...

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14
Jun

Beware of the HMRC scammers, but ignoring calls can be costly

Beware of the HMRC scammers, but ignoring calls can be costly

There are many problems associated with the pandemic, apart from the obvious one of the illness caused by the virus itself. Conmen and scammers have taken advantage of the situation, bombarding people and businesses with bogus claims about tax owed in the hope that just a few respond.

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14
Jun

Carry back scheme brings welcome relief for business

Carry back scheme brings welcome relief for business

For many businesses, the pandemic has turned the world on its head, with many who might have expected to be profitable experiencing a loss. Sometimes losses happen simply because the business is very new, or because costs have unexpectedly risen. However, COVID-19 has thrown another dimension into the mix, seeing thousands...

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14
Jun

New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

The second part of a sweeping review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) has been published with 14 key recommendations. In July 2020, the Chancellor asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well as areas where the present...

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14
Jun

Tax saving strategies for landlords

Tax saving strategies for landlords

Putting together an efficient tax strategy should be a no-brainer for buy-to-let landlords seeking to maximise their income. It may not be quite as glamorous as hunting down the perfect property, but when it comes to saving cash, it can make a huge difference to your bottom line.

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14
Jun

Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Both the Bank of England and the UK’s leading business members’ organisation believe the economy is set to take off after the vaccine bump. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is expected to rise sharply in the second quarter as lockdown eases. Bank economists say this is a result of the vaccine rollout and the fastest predicted...

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3
Jun

Financial Reporting: GRC, Governance Risk and Compliance Tools

Financial Reporting: GRC, Governance Risk and Compliance Tools

Looking for information on how a business organises its finances? Learn about financial reporting through GRC or Governance Risk and Compliance tools.

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17
May

HMRC unveils penalty regime for VAT deferral scheme

HMRC unveils penalty regime for VAT deferral scheme

Companies that signed up to the VAT deferral scheme have been warned they face a five per cent penalty if they do not make payment arrangements by 30 June this year. Over half a million businesses deferred VAT payments last year. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that companies will be liable for the penalty or interest...

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17
May

COVID forces businesses to change direction

COVID forces businesses to change direction

The devastating effects of the pandemic have meant small businesses in the UK have changed the direction of their organisations to survive the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions. More than a year on from the start of the first official national lockdown and with the country currently slowly exiting...

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17
May

Workers can continue to claim home working tax allowance in the new tax year

Workers can continue to claim home working tax allowance in the new tax year

One unexpected bonus for staff forced to work from home because of the pandemic has been a £6 per week tax break. People will have seen their household bills naturally go up over the last year, from increased working at home and the Government has recognised this.

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17
May

Reimbursed expenses – What you need to know

In most cases, expenses an employee incurs at work are paid for by their employer, but some, like travel and accommodation expenses, are reimbursed later by the employer. Since 2016, the system for reimbursed expenses has been simplified, which means that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will usually accept that business expenses...

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17
May

HMRC to tackle SEISS abuse with new penalty regime

HMRC to tackle SEISS abuse with new penalty regime

With the fourth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) now well underway, HM Revenue & Customs has announced tough new fines for those that abuse the financial support on offer. The new penalty regime is aimed at those who have overclaimed the SEISS grant, which includes any amount of grant...

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17
May

New Debt Respite Scheme launched

New Debt Respite Scheme launched

A new Debt Respite Scheme, designed to give a debtor with problem debt the right to legal protection from their creditors, is now available. The new scheme consists of two new two types of ‘breathing space’: A standard breathing space – Available to anyone with problem debt, which offers legal protection from creditor action...

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17
May

National Insurance relief launches for employers that hire veterans

National Insurance relief launches for employers that hire veterans

Employers that hire veterans in their first employment after leaving the armed forces are now entitled to National Insurance (NI) relief up to the upper secondary threshold for one year. The relief, announced at the 2020 Budget, came into effect in April and applies to all veterans of the regular armed forces who have...

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19
Apr

Parents missing out on tax-free childcare bonus of up to £500

Parents missing out on tax-free childcare bonus of up to £500

Parents are being encouraged to check whether they are missing out on a tax-free childcare bonus of £500. Families using tax-free childcare accounts to pay for their childcare costs could receive a Government top-up worth up to £500 every three months, but thousands are missing out on the payout, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.

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19
Apr

Applications for SME Brexit Support Fund underway

Applications for SME Brexit Support Fund underway

A new scheme that supports small and medium-sized businesses with a grant of up to £2,000 has opened. The scheme provides grants to help tackle the new admin requirements for imports and exports to and from EU countries, as well as elsewhere in the world, or the movement of goods between GB and Northern Ireland.

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19
Apr

Thousands of cases of COVID-related fraud and cyber-crime are being investigated

Thousands of cases of COVID-related fraud and cyber-crime are being investigated

A special police task force, tackling fraud in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, says it is investigating 6,000 cases of cybercrime, worth a staggering total of £34.5 million since March last year. The Action Fraud team is investigating many cases, but said that of those reporting a cyber-attack...

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19
Apr

Majority of SME owners have loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic

Majority of SME owners have loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic

A new study has found that nearly six in 10 (59 per cent) small business owners loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic to help it survive. Research undertaken by one of Europe’s largest small business lenders, iwoca, showed that many owners had taken drastic steps during the pandemic to support their business.

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19
Apr

Coronavirus insolvency measures extended until the end of June

Coronavirus insolvency measures extended until the end of June

To help businesses with the ongoing impact of the pandemic the Government has decided to extend measures in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (the Act) to protect struggling companies. The extension to the measures introduced in the Act, includes an extension of the suspension of liability for wrongful trading...

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19
Apr

Inheritance tax reporting to be simplified

Inheritance tax reporting to be simplified

Rules coming into effect from 1 January 2022 will mean that nine in 10 estates that are not subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) will no longer need to complete IHT forms as part of the probate process. Meanwhile, a temporary measure that is currently in place so that IHT returns can be submitted without a physical signature will...

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16
Apr

HMRC contacts self-employed individuals who could be eligible for fourth SEISS grant

HMRC contacts self-employed individuals who could be eligible for fourth SEISS grant

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is now contacting self-employed individuals who could be eligible for the fourth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The fourth round of the scheme covers the period from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021 and is worth 80 per cent of three months...

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16
Apr

Furlough scheme guidance updated

Furlough scheme guidance updated

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a series of updates to its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), more commonly known as the ‘furlough scheme’. The updates cover the changes to the scheme as it is extended from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021.

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16
Apr

New claims needed to continue receiving working from home tax relief

New claims needed to continue receiving working from home tax relief

Employees who are continuing to work from home as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and whose expenses have not been reimbursed by their employers should make new claims to continue receiving working from home tax relief.

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9
Apr

The Best Cloud Accounting Software For Pubs

The Best Cloud Accounting Software For Pubs

Find out more about using cloud accounting software for your pub or restaurant and how you can use these services for other hospitality sectors.

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7
Apr

Coronavirus Restart Grant

Coronavirus Restart Grant

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors can now access one-off cash grants of up to £18,000 from their local council. The Restart Grant scheme opened nationally on 1 April 2021 and is now being rolled out by local authorities across England.

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22
Mar

Student loan thresholds to rise from 6 April 2021

Student loan thresholds to rise from 6 April 2021

At the start of the new tax year in April the thresholds for student loans will increase, which may affect employees that are repaying their academic fees. The threshold for student loan Plan 1 will increase from £19,390 to £19,895 from this date, and employees on Plan 2 will see their student loan threshold rise from £26,575 to £27,295.

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22
Mar

HMRC updates tax rules and calculations on ultra-low emission vehicles

HMRC updates tax rules and calculations on ultra-low emission vehicles

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released new guidance that brings changes to the company car benefit calculations, as the Government looks to encourage greater use of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). Under the new rules, if a ULEV has a CO2 emission figure of 1-50g/km, businesses will now need to provide the...

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22
Mar

Almost two-fifths of small businesses are looking to trade overseas

Almost two-fifths of small businesses are looking to trade overseas

Despite the impact that Brexit has had on trade in the UK, a new survey conducted by YouGov has found that 38 per cent of small businesses are likely to trade overseas this year. The study, commissioned by Lawbite, found that of the 791 small businesses questioned two-fifths were planning to trade overseas, which scaled...

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22
Mar

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to increase from 1 April

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to increase from 1 April

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to increase the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) from 1 April 2021, while people aged 23 and 24 will be entitled to the National Living Wage for the first time. The NLW will rise from £8.72 an hour to £8.91 an hour, the NMW for people aged...

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22
Mar

Business rates review report delayed

Business rates review report delayed

The Government has announced that the final report of its fundamental review of business rates will be delayed and will be published in the autumn. It says that by then there should be greater clarity about the economic situation and the future of the public finances. The review was announced by Rishi Sunak at his Budget a year ago...

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22
Mar

Vaccine rollout prompts SME optimism about prospects for 2021

Vaccine rollout prompts SME optimism about prospects for 2021

New research has found that SMEs across the UK are feeling increasingly optimistic about their prospects for the rest of 2021, after the success of the vaccine rollout. The Barclaycard Payments Barometer research found that SMEs expect to grow their revenues by an average of eight per cent. London SMEs, meanwhile, expect to see...

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3
Mar

Budget 2021

Budget 2021

In the year since the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his first Budget to a packed Commons chamber in March 2020, more than 135,000 people in the UK have died from Coronavirus, there have been three national lockdowns, the economy has shrunk by 9.9 per cent and Coronavirus support measures have cost around £280 billion.

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22
Feb

Self-Assessment late payment penalties relaxed but interest still accrues

Self-Assessment late payment penalties relaxed but interest still accrues

Following HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) announcement that it is waiving late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February, it has now announced that it is waiving the five per cent late payment penalty that usually applies from 3 March for taxpayers who pay or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021.

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18
Feb

Business insurance rates are on the rise

Business insurance rates are on the rise

The impact of the pandemic has been felt in many different ways. Some of the effects have been quite immediate, but now many businesses are starting to see how the events of the last year are affecting their annual business insurance rates as well. Before COVID-19 struck, there were already a number of factors adversely impacting...

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18
Feb

The advantages of electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes

The advantages of electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes

Businesses looking to reward and retain staff members may wish to consider offering an electric vehicle (EV) salary sacrifice scheme. Not only are many EVs better for the environment, but they could also offer businesses considerable savings. Businesses can use employee salary sacrifice – similar to schemes offered for pension...

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18
Feb

Consultations on future of Companies House could see filing deadlines slashed

Consultations on future of Companies House could see filing deadlines slashed

A set of consultations on the future of Companies House published in December 2020, include proposals for mandatory digital filing, requirements to tag accountants digitally with IXBRL and shortening filing deadlines to three months for public companies and six months for private companies.

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18
Feb

Voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Companies House will pause both the voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes for one month from 21 January until 21 February to support businesses affected by COVID-19, it has been announced. The extended measure comes in response to delays to the system caused by the third national lockdown.

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18
Feb

Don’t forget to claim home working tax relief

Don’t forget to claim home working tax relief

Due to the ongoing restrictions of the Government’s Coronavirus response, millions of UK workers continue to work from home. Many may not be aware that they can claim tax relief for additional household costs if they are required to work from home regularly, either for all or part of the week. This tax relief is not available to those...

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18
Feb

Large and medium-sized businesses need to be ready for IR35

Large and medium-sized businesses need to be ready for IR35

Large and medium-sized businesses now just have a couple of months left to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35). From 6 April 2021, in most cases, the engager (employer) will be responsible for deciding whether to deduct tax and National Insurance Contribution (NICs) from freelancers and contractors...

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18
Feb

The VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry Scheme – Are you ready?

The VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry Scheme – Are you ready?

From 1 March 2021, businesses within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) must record, report and pay VAT under the new VAT domestic reverse charge rules. This change affects both contractors and subcontractors and the supply of certain kinds of construction services in the UK. Under the new rules, VAT registered subcontractors...

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18
Feb

Basic rate taxpayers could face ‘high income’ child benefit charge

Basic rate taxpayers could face ‘high income’ child benefit charge

Due to a mismatch of earnings thresholds, basic rate taxpayers may unexpectedly come under the scope of the High Income Child Benefit Charge in April. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has issued a warning to families that they may be subject to a tax charge when claiming Child Benefit due to a discrepancy between two earnings...

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11
Feb

The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

Any business that deferred VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, must now consider how they will repay this outstanding tax. They can choose from the following options in order to do this.

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8
Feb

COVID-19 Bounce Back Loan repayment period extended

COVID-19 Bounce Back Loan repayment period extended

The Government has announced changes to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) available to small businesses in the UK that will give companies longer to repay what they have borrowed. Around 1.4 million small and medium-sized businesses have taken out a loan since they were introduced last year, amounting to around £45 billion of financial support.

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28
Jan

Calculating Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims for annually paid directors

Calculating Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims for annually paid directors

Small company directors that were not able to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) because they paid themselves an annual salary in March 2020 may now be eligible to claim under the scheme. Many directors missed the cut-off date on 19 March 2020 to be eligible for the first and second iterations of the furlough scheme.

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28
Jan

HM Revenue & Customs waives late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February – but payment deadline remains

HM Revenue & Customs waives late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February – but payment deadline remains

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that any Self-Assessment taxpayers who miss the 31 January 2021 tax return deadline will not receive late filing penalties if they file online by 28 February 2021, although the 31 January 2021 payment deadline remains. Taxpayers who do not pay any outstanding balance on their 2019-20 tax...

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22
Jan

Requests for exemption from publication of furlough claims must be submitted by Monday 25 January

Requests for exemption from publication of furlough claims must be submitted by Monday 25 January

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that the final deadline for employers to request an exemption from the publication of furlough claims will be this coming Monday 25 January 2021. Shortly after it was announced in the autumn that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended and reset to resemble the original...

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