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2nd April 2020 Tax Planning for COVID-19 – A Brief Guide

Our Tax Department has written ‘A Brief Guide to Tax Planning for COVID-19’ please click the link below:   Tax planning for COVID-19 Brief Guide  

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2nd April 2020 COVID-19: HMRC Delays MTD ‘Digital links requirement’ until 1 April 2021

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic presenting unprecedented challenges for everyone, HMRC has announced a one year deferment to the requirement to digitally link separate software programmes when preparing your VAT return. The soft landing period of MTD (Making Tax Digital) had originally been in place for businesses to make a manual transfer – this…

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6th March 2020 Making Tax Digital – Soft Landing Period Ending Soon

Have you been waiting for the soft-landing period to expire before worrying about your MTD for VAT software? VAT registered businesses in the UK with taxable turnover above £85,000 – are due to come out of soft landing effective from their first VAT return period starting on or after April 1st 2020.   HMRC have allowed…

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5th March 2020 Employment Allowance Reform

The Employer Allowance was first introduced in April 2014, giving employers a reduction of £2,000 against their Employer’s NIC bill.   This was further increased in value from April 2016 to £3,000 and in addition the scheme was reformed to exclude single-director companies.   It has remained at £3,000 ever since and is claimed via…

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24th February 2020 How taking a pension lump sum could save you money

  If you reached state pension age after 6 April 2016 and deferred taking your pension, you will receive a higher weekly amount when you start receiving it. However, if you reached state pension age before 6 April 2016 there is a second option, which is to receive a state pension lump sum rather than…

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14th February 2020 5th April: Pre Year End Tax Planning

As we approach the end of another personal tax year (5 April 2020), there are a number of tax planning opportunities for individuals to consider to ensure best use is made of currently available allowances, exemptions and favourable tax rates:   Tax year end planning Brief Guide_Feb 2020   With the 2020 Budget also just…

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2nd October 2019 Class 2 National Insurance – HMRC’s ongoing issues

July 2015 saw the end of direct debit collection for Class 2 National Insurance. Contributions are now collected through self-assessment and, despite there being 4 years since the change in the way payments are made, HMRC are still having teething problems. The issues arise as HMRC are running two computer systems side by side: national…

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12th September 2019 “Get ready for Brexit” workshops

  The Department for International Trade is hosting “Get ready for Brexit” workshops across the East region, each running from 11:30 – 13:30 followed by a networking lunch.   Please see the link below for dates and venues.   http://x.email.ukti.gov.uk/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=6a523609b267f7129747b384f8f21e3e

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10th September 2019 Employer allowance – is it worth the hassle?

The £3000.00 employer allowance ceases at the end of the current tax year. From April 2020 employers will have to re-apply for a di minimis state aid based allowance.   A new HMRC checklist will have to completed to declare the following;   NIC contributions in the previous tax year were beneath £100,000; Confirmation that…

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19th July 2019 New SRA accounting rules – what’s changing?

The current Accounts Rules are made up of over 40 detailed requirements, making it difficult for firms to fully understand what is required of them, as well as giving firms no flexibility to adapt them to their own practices and decide how best to look after client’s money.   The new rules coming into effect…

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