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Jun 20, 2018

HMRC has published figures that show the tax gap for the 2016-17 tax year was 5.7%. The tax gap is basically the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount of tax collected by the Exchequer. The gap includes tax that has been a...

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Jun 20, 2018

The First-Tier Tribunal recently heard an appeal that considered the correct VAT treatment of a promotional offer by the retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S). The issue concerned a frequently run promotion referred to as 'Dine In for £10 ...

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Jun 20, 2018

Taxpayers that make payments on account should be aware that the second payment on account for 2017-18 is due on or before 31 July 2018. The amount due for payment is usually the same as the first payment on account made on 31 January 2018 ...

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Jun 20, 2018

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst these messages may appear to be genuine ...

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Jun 20, 2018

Anyone aged 16 or over and at least 30 days from their State Pension age can request a State Pension statement from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). The statement provides an estimate of how much State Pension they can expect t...

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Jun 20, 2018

The VAT annual accounting scheme is open to most businesses with a turnover of up to £1.35m per year. Businesses that use the scheme are only required to file one VAT return at the end of each year. This can significantly reduce the amount...

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Jun 20, 2018

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's decision and confirmed that a plumber who was classed as self-employed was actually a 'worker'. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Pimlico Plumbers and agreed that the employment sta...

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Jun 17, 2018

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has published a “Maternity Leave Spotlight” outlining the impact on pensions of maternity leave. It also covers what happens when the employee returns to work and the impact of having a baby on the s...

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Jun 12, 2018

The Government has announced that the dormant asset schemes is to be expanded to include to a wider set of financial assets including stocks, shares, pensions or bonds. The government has appointed four 'industry champions' to expand the do...

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Jun 12, 2018

HMRC has launched a new consultation inviting comments from interested parties regarding the introduction of new VAT reverse charge legislation for certain construction services. The new legislation will make the supply of construction serv...

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Jun 12, 2018

The maternity allowance is a financial benefit for pregnant women who are self-employed, who are working but do not qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) or who have recently stopped working. The maternity allowance is paid directly by ...

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Jun 12, 2018

There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registers for VAT. This type of VAT is known as pre-registration input VAT. There are different rules for the supply of goods and services and VAT c...

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Jun 12, 2018

The tax treatment of charities is complex. Many charities trade either as part of their charitable interests or to raise funds. As a first step, any charity hoping to claim from beneficial tax treatment needs to be recognised as a charity f...

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Jun 12, 2018

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is not payable by limited companies or unincorporated associations when they sell an asset and make a gain. Instead, the gain (proceeds less any allowable costs and reliefs) is subject to Corporation Tax at the appli...

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Jun 12, 2018

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2018. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped. HMRC has begun sending tax credits renewal packs t...

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Jun 10, 2018

The World Cup 2018 will take place in Russia between Thursday, 14 June and Sunday, 15 July 2018, with 32 national football teams taking part, including England. Football match times in the UK will vary between 1pm and 8pm. Acas has now publ...

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Jun 10, 2018

Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief discrimination in the workplace. The 26-page guidance booklet, entitled “Religion or belief discrimination: key points for the workplace”, primarily offers employers, managers, HR p...

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Jun 05, 2018

Most gifts made during a person's lifetime are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. The lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt fro...

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Jun 05, 2018

The final step in bringing a company to a legal end is when the company is dissolved. However, one if the important points to be aware of when doing so is that the dissolved company can no longer trade or otherwise deal with it's assets. Fo...

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Jun 05, 2018

Under the current rules non-resident companies with a trading business in the UK are liable to pay UK Corporation Tax on their profits made through a permanent establishment/branch or agency. There are some differences in the taxation of n...

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Jun 05, 2018

Student Loans are part of the government’s financial support package for students in higher education in the UK. They are available to help students meet their expenses while they are studying, and it is HMRC’s responsibility to collect...

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Jun 05, 2018

The HMRC Double Taxation Relief Manual sets out the overall principles to be applied in respect of pension income. It states: 'Pensions, other than Government pensions, paid in consideration of past employment to a resident of a country wi...

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Jun 05, 2018

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 relati...

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Jun 03, 2018

The Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 has been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 October 2018. The Order amends section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 so as to grant unpaid time off work to four groups of volunt...

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