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News & Updates

19 Jan
2018

Penalties for tax errors increased

It’s in everyone’s interest to avoid penalties. Understanding how HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) penalties work can help you to help your clients avoid them. Each tax or duty has specific rules on penalties for late payment or filing. A penalty may also be due if your client doesn’t tell

13 Dec
2017

Entrepreneurs’ Relief UK

In the United Kingdom, entrepreneurs selling their business (technically “qualifying assets”) can claim entrepreneurs’ relief. This is a lifetime allowance of £10,000,000 of gain that will be taxed at a reduced rate of 10%. To be eligible, a shareholder must have a 5% or more shareholding, and have been involved

11 Sep
2017

Get ready for the new data protection rules

New data protection rules

New data protection rules The government is to introduce new data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect from 25 May 2018. Under the GDPR businesses will have increased obligations to safeguard the personal information of individuals which is stored by the business. These rules

05 Sep
2017

Taylor Review of employment practices

The long awaited Taylor Review of employment practices suggests that a national strategy is needed to help provide security in such areas as wages, quality of employment, education and training, working conditions, work life balance and the ability to progress at work. One of the areas of focus relates to

01 Sep
2017

Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 September 2017. The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The rates only apply to employees using a company car. The advisory fuel rates

25 Aug
2017

HMRC online forum and webchat

HMRC have announced the introduction of a new online tax forum and webchat service for small businesses. HMRC are advising that the new service called the Small Business Online Forum offers advice on tax matters as well as help with: starting a business support for growing a business – including

22 Aug
2017

Guidance for employers

HMRC have issued their latest guidance to employers in the August edition of the Employer Bulletin. This publication, which is issued every two months, includes articles on: Reporting Pay As You Earn in real time Optional Remuneration Arrangements Tax codes – Get it right first time PAYE penalties – continuation

18 Aug
2017

Pensions Auto enrolment compliance

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun carrying out employer spot checks to make sure employers are complying with their automatic enrolment duties and that they are giving their staff the workplace pensions they’re entitled to. According to the TPR these inspections help them to understand any challenges employers are facing,

15 Aug
2017

Auto enrolment for new employers

Under pensions auto enrolment employers have to enrol qualifying employees into a workplace pension. Duties include paying contributions for the employee. The process of auto enrolment has been phased in from October 2012 when the largest employers had to comply with the rules. However the rules are set to change

10 Aug
2017

Childcare services compensation

The government are offering compensation to those who have been affected by problems with the implementation of Tax-Free Childcare. Individuals who have been affected may be able to get a government top-up as a one-off payment for Tax-Free Childcare. The government will also consider refunding any reasonable costs directly caused