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Sep 17, 2018

The Chancellor Philip Hammond, has stated before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, that he is not yet in a position to announce a date for the Autumn Budget 2018 saying it was 'difficult to fix'. Last year, the Chancellor had u...

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Sep 17, 2018

The new Help to Save scheme for people on low incomes was officially opened with effect from 12 September 2018 following an 8-month trial. The new scheme allows those in work entitled to Working Tax Credit, and in receipt of Working Tax Cre...

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Sep 17, 2018

The annual Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for individuals is £11,700 for 2018-19. A husband and wife each benefit from a separate exemption. Same-sex couples who acquire a legal status as civil partners are treated in the same way as ma...

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Sep 17, 2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) helps support working families with their childcare costs. The scheme provides for a government top-up on parental contributions. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents, an additional 20p or 20%...

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Sep 17, 2018

The First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard three joined appeals that concerned the availability of tax relief for employee expenses. In each of the cases the expense claims related to the costs incurred cleaning and sanitising working clo...

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Sep 17, 2018

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable whether you buy a freehold property, a new or existing leasehold property or a shared ownership property. SDLT has been replaced in Scotland by the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and in Wales by the...

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Sep 17, 2018

There are special rules for the provision of living accommodation to employees under certain circumstances. In most cases, employees will pay tax on any living accommodation provided by an employer unless they qualify for an exception. Howe...

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Sep 17, 2018

The 2017-18 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns, is 31 October 2018. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually appli...

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Sep 12, 2018

In a surprise move, the government has announced that, following a lengthy consultation, the planned abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will not take place in the current parliament. The announcement was made in a w...

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Sep 12, 2018

A new measure to remove the requirement for employers to check receipts for expense claims made by employees using the HMRC benchmark scale rates or overseas scale rates is to be introduced. The change will be included in the Finance Bill 2...

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Sep 12, 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. Fake email messages can appear to be genuine but ...

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Sep 12, 2018

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Rollover Relief is a valuable relief that allows for a delay in the payment of CGT on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the ...

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Sep 12, 2018

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) recently heard an appeal against late filing penalties imposed on both partnership and individual self-assessment returns for 2010-11 and 2011-12. There were also appeals made in respect of the years 2005-6 to ...

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Sep 12, 2018

A taxpayer, Miss Akan, appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) against assessments in relation to Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and penalties relating to income arising from, and from her disposal of, 15 Binnie House, London SE1. The unde...

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Sep 12, 2018

ACAS has published new guidance on employment references aimed at both employers and employees based on the questions it receives on its helpline. The guidance makes clear that there is usually no legal obligation on employers to provide a ...

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Sep 04, 2018

The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 and as things currently stand, it would seem that we are no closer to reaching a negotiated withdrawal agreement. The chances of Britain leaving the EU without any working agreement, known as a...

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Sep 04, 2018

We have already examined matters that must be addressed by those importing goods to the UK if there is a 'no deal' Brexit (See previous articles). In this article we will look at the impact this would have on UK businesses exporting goods t...

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Sep 04, 2018

There are special intestacy rules that govern how assets are divided if you die without making a will. If this happens your assets are passed on to family members in accordance with a set legal formula. This can result in a distribution of ...

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Sep 04, 2018

The Court of Appeal recently heard a taxpayer's appeal against a decision of the Upper Tribunal to recover an amount of overpaid VAT. The claim related to historic VAT claims colloquially known as Fleming claims. Until March 2009, there exi...

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Sep 04, 2018

The government’s Bank Referral Scheme was launched in November 2016. The scheme, created by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, is designed to help improve SME access to finance and competition in the SME lending marke...

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Sep 04, 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 r...

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Sep 04, 2018

We would like to remind any students that had a summer, job that they may be entitled to claim back any tax overpaid. Students (and other temporary workers) are not required to pay any income tax if their earnings are below the tax-free per...

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Sep 04, 2018

Taxpayers who have lost or forgotten their national insurance number should first try and locate the number on paperwork such as their tax return, payslip or P60. Taxpayers with access to their personal tax account can also login to view or...

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Sep 02, 2018

HMRC has advised that it has changed its approach to charging financial penalties when enforcing the National Minimum Wage (NMW) where there has been a transfer of employees from one employer to another under the Transfer of Undertakings (P...

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