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23-05-2018
Beware sting in VAT Annual Accounting Scheme

Beware sting in VAT Annual Accounting Scheme

The VAT annual accounting scheme is open to most businesses with a turnover of up to £1.35m per year. The main benefits of the scheme include the requirement to file one VAT return per year. This can significantly reduce the amount of administration ... read more

23-05-2018
Give now pay later – what are the settlement rules?

Give now pay later – what are the settlement rules?

The settlement rules are intended to prevent an individual from gaining a tax advantage by making arrangements that divert his or her income to another person who may be liable at a lower rate of tax or is not liable to Income Tax. Where a settlor ... read more

23-05-2018
Company van use – the tax consequences

Company van use – the tax consequences

There are a number of tax consequences to be aware when employees are provided with company vans and fuel. A company van can be defined as a van made available to an employee by reason of their employment. There is usually nothing to report to HMRC ... read more

23-05-2018
CGT base cost uplift on death

CGT base cost uplift on death

Special rules apply to assets when they are passed to a beneficiary after the death of the benefactor. In some cases Inheritance Tax may be due on the transfer. However, there can also be a hidden benefit known as a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) uplift on ... read more

23-05-2018
Tax exempt gifts paid out of income

Tax exempt gifts paid out of income

Many taxpayers are aware that there is an annual Inheritance Tax exemption of £3,000 for gifts and this can be carried forward to the following tax year if not used to make a maximum gift of £6,000. You can also give as many gifts of up to £250 per ... read more

23-05-2018
Can’t afford to pay your tax bill?

Can’t afford to pay your tax bill?

HMRC understands that taxpayers will sometimes experience difficulties with paying their tax bill and stress that taxpayers should make contact with them as soon as they realise that there is a problem. This is good advice as burying your head in the ... read more

23-05-2018
New advisory fuel rates published

New advisory fuel rates published

Advisory fuel rates are intended to reflect actual average fuel costs and are updated quarterly. The rates can be used by employers who reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars or where employees are required to repay the cost of ... read more

21-05-2018
New guidance published for employers on setting dress codes and sex discrimination

New guidance published for employers on setting dress codes and sex discrimination

Following a joint report ("High heels and workplace dress codes") published by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and Petitions Committee in January 2017, the Government Equalities Office has finally published promised new guidance ... read more

16-05-2018
Responding to a County Court claim

Responding to a County Court claim

It is important that any correspondence received from the County Court is dealt with promptly. This should include taking proper legal advice when appropriate. Usually, a creditor asks the County Court to make a county court judgment (CCJ) against ... read more

16-05-2018
When might you be due a tax refund?

When might you be due a tax refund?

HMRC has issued helpful guidance that explains when you might be due a tax refund and how to make a claim. According to HMRC you may be able to claim a refund if you: are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay; have stopped ... read more

16-05-2018
NMW and LW enforcement measures

NMW and LW enforcement measures

A new press release has revealed that in 2017-18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in back pay that is owed to over 200,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers. This was an increase from £10.9 million for over 98,000 workers in the previous ... read more

16-05-2018
More warnings to beware of bogus tax refund scams

More warnings to beware of bogus tax refund scams

Fraudsters are taking advantage of taxpayers who may be due a tax refund following the end of the 2017-18 tax year. HMRC is currently processing tax refunds, but the fraudsters are trying to get one step ahead. They do this by sending out scam emails ... read more

16-05-2018
Pay and expenses for volunteers

Pay and expenses for volunteers

There are many rewarding opportunities for volunteering available across the UK. It is a popular misconception that only young people volunteer, however, people of all ages volunteer for numerous roles in a wide range of charitable and other sectors. ... read more

16-05-2018
Can a builder charge 5% VAT for their services?

Can a builder charge 5% VAT for their services?

Whilst the majority of businesses charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that businesses should be aware. There are actually three separate VAT rates, the standard rate of 20%, the reduced rate ... read more

14-05-2018
Pensions Regulator to seize assets

Pensions Regulator to seize assets

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced that employers who refuse to pay workplace pension fines could have their assets seized to pay their debts. TPR can issue fines to employers who fail to meet their automatic enrolment duties and can secure ... read more

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