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Shared parental leave and pay

17/09/2019

The shared parental leave and pay rules offer working parents far greater choice as to how they share the care of their child and take time off work during the first year of their child’s life. The rules apply equally for children that have been adopted. There are various work and pay criteria that must be met in order to be

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Reporting changes that affect Child Benefits

17/09/2019

You must notify HMRC of certain changes to family life. For example, a change in your child’s or your family’s circumstances. This is to ensure that the correct amount of Child Benefit is paid in respect of your children. You must tell HMRC if your child: starts paid work for 24 hours a week or more will live away from

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Tax relief for private pension contributions

17/09/2019

You can claim tax relief for your private pension contributions. The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is £40,000 for the current tax year. There is also a facility to carry forward any unused amount of your annual allowance from the last three tax years if you have made pension savings in those years. There is also a

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Don’t miss your company accounts filing deadline

17/09/2019

Companies House has issued a press release to remind companies to keep on top of their filing responsibilities. The end of this month, 30 September 2019, marks a common deadline for many companies who will need to file their company accounts with a 31 December 2018 year-end date. Last year, a total of 25,049 companies failed to meet the

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IHT and lifetime transfers

17/09/2019

There are special rules concerning the liability to IHT of a transfer made during a person's lifetime. For example, most gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. The gifts or transfers achieve

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Income excluded from a UK property business

17/09/2019

HMRC publishes a list of income streams that are excluded from a UK property business. The list includes fishing concerns, hotels and guest houses, tied premises, caravan sites, lodgers and tenants in your own home, extra services to tenants and letting surplus trade accommodation. In most cases the income from these activities will be

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VAT Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme

17/09/2019

Businesses that use the flat rate scheme pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The VAT agricultural flat rate scheme is a variant of the flat rate scheme specifically designed for farmers and other activities relating to agricultural production (such as horticulture). Farmers cannot join this scheme if the value

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Loan charge review launched

17/09/2019

The Treasury has announced that Sir Amyas Morse, the former Comptroller and Auditor General and Chief Executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), will lead an independent review of the loan charge. This announcement gives some hope to many people affected by the contentious loan charge. This review will consider concerns raised by MPs

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Paper Self-Assessment return deadline

17/09/2019

The 2018-19 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2019. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies even if there is no liability or if any tax due is paid in full by 31 January 2020. We would

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Immigration rights of EEA citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit

11/09/2019

The Government has now announced the revised transitional arrangements that will apply in the event of a no-deal Brexit to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their close family members arriving in the UK after Brexit, replacing those set out in a January 2019 policy paper issued under the previous Prime Minister, Theresa May. The

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New checker tool to help businesses prepare for Brexit

11/09/2019

The government has launched a “Get ready for Brexit” public information campaign to help ensure businesses are ready when the UK leaves the EU on (currently) 31 October 2019. As part of the campaign, a new checker tool will help businesses to prepare for Brexit, particularly if they import or export, deal with personal data or

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Information Commissioner’s Office publishes no-deal Brexit guidance for small and medium-sized organisations

10/09/2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published dedicated guidance to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their preparations for a no-deal Brexit and has urged them to “prepare for all scenarios” to maintain data flows when the UK leaves the EU. The guidance for small and medium-sized businesses is not

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Get information about a company

10/09/2019

There is a significant amount of information that can be obtained from Companies House. Companies House is responsible for incorporating and dissolving limited companies, examining and storing company information and making company information available to the public. Much of the company information available can be accessed free of

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What is the Annual Investment Allowance?

10/09/2019

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is a generous tax relief that was first introduced in 2008. The AIA allows for the total amount of qualifying expenditure on plant, machinery, commercial vehicles and other qualifying equipment to be deducted from your profits before tax. The AIA can be claimed by an individual, partnership or

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Planning a Christmas party?

10/09/2019

Now is the time that many businesses are planning a Christmas celebration for staff as well as possibly for partners/spouses, clients and prospective clients. The cost of a staff party or other annual entertainment is generally allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. If you meet the various criteria outlined below, then there is no

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Reporting employee changes

10/09/2019

There are rules that businesses must follow when they are reporting employee changes. These changes must be sent to HMRC using a Full Payment Submission (FPS). The FPS is a submission that you need to make to HMRC every time you pay your employees and must be submitted on or before the usual date you pay your employees. The information

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Options to close down a limited company

10/09/2019

There are a number of reasons why a limited company may no longer be required and can be shut down. This may be because the limited company structure no longer suits a client's needs, the business is no longer active, or the company is insolvent. You will usually need the agreement of all the company’s directors and shareholders

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Claiming Entrepreneurs’ relief

10/09/2019

Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available, CGT of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. There are a number of qualifying conditions that must be met in order to qualify for the relief. When the

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Duty-free shopping to make a comeback?

10/09/2019

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has said that the Government will reintroduce duty-free shopping with EU countries in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This would mean that passengers travelling to EU countries would be able to buy beer, spirits, wine and tobacco without duty being applied in the UK. According

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VAT changes for CIS Sub-contractors delayed

09/09/2019

The VAT rule changes for building contractors and sub-contractors that were expected to come into effect imminently, have been delayed for 12 months until 1 October 2020. This surprise announcement followed intense lobbying by the construction industry who have long argued that many businesses in the sector were unprepared for the

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Filing deadlines for company accounts

03/09/2019

The normal deadline for filing private limited company accounts is 9 months after the company’s financial year end, known as the accounting reference date. For example, many companies have a year-end date of 31 March and are therefore required to file their accounts by 31 December. For public companies, the time limit is 6 months

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Filing deadlines for a company confirmation statement

03/09/2019

As well as filing accounts with Companies House, there is a further requirement to check that the information Companies House holds about your company is correct every year. This is facilitated by the filing of an annual company confirmation statement. The confirmation statement was introduced in June 2016 and replaced the annual return

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Help to Save accounts

03/09/2019

The Help to Save scheme can help those on low incomes to boost their savings. The scheme was launched in September 2018, and new figures published by HMRC have revealed that over 132,000 people have signed up, depositing more than £31.4 million into Help to Save accounts. These savers are now eligible for bonuses totalling around

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State Pension update for recipients living in the EU

03/09/2019

If you live or move abroad, you are entitled to claim the State Pension if you have met the necessary qualifying criteria. This is based on your UK National Insurance record. You require a minimum of 10 years of UK National Insurance contributions to be eligible for the new State Pension. The New State Pension can be claimed if you

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Merchandise in Baggage in case of no-deal Brexit

03/09/2019

There are special customs requirements for commercial goods or samples which are imported or exported by passengers in their accompanied baggage (hand carried) or in a small motor vehicle (carrying less than 9 passengers and weight 3.5 tonnes or less). This is known as Merchandise In Baggage or MIB. MIB goods include the

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Simplified expenses motor vehicles

03/09/2019

There are simplified arrangements in place for the self-employed (and some partnerships) to claim a fixed rate deduction for certain expenses where there is a mix of business and private use. The simplified expenses regime is not available to limited companies or business partnerships involving a limited company. The fixed rate deduction

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Simplified expenses use of home

03/09/2019

If a taxpayer is self-employed and running a business from home, there are simplified expense rules available for claiming a fixed rate deduction for certain expenses where there is a mix of business and private use. The simplified expenses rules are not available to limited companies or business partnerships involving a limited

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Trading income priority rules

03/09/2019

There is specific tax legislation that seeks to determine which charge takes priority where two different charges could potentially apply to the same income. These rules are known as the 'priority rules'. HMRC manuals state that for Income Tax purposes, savings and investment income, and income otherwise within one of the charges

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New advisory fuel rates published

03/09/2019

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 fuel used for private travel. HMRC accepts there is no taxable profit and no Class 1A

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Government to end free movement if a no-deal Brexit

28/08/2019

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place on 31 October 2019, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (and their family members) who are living in the UK by this date will still be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and they will have until 31 December 2020 to do so. Under Theresa May’s

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