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23rd May 2018 EMI Share Options: EU waives opportunity to ‘be difficult’.

Tech companies that have a business plan of developing a new product, with the aim of an eventual trade sale or IPO exit, will be very familiar with EMI share options. These options give generous personal tax breaks, to help recruit, retain and reward middle management and key workers. Under generic EU principles, such tax…

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23rd May 2018 Trading allowance – income tax simplification?

On 6th April 2017 the Government introduced the trading allowance. The aim of this new allowance is to simplify income tax obligations for minor amounts of trading and miscellaneous income.  In essence, if trading and miscellaneous income is less than £1,000 in a tax year:-  The income is exempt from income tax There is no…

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1st May 2018 CITB Levy: Changes in calculation basis

Builders will probably now be aware that the basis for calculating how much their annual payment is under the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has recently changed:     Old Basis New Basis Levy on employees 0.5% 0.5% Levy on labour only sub-contractors 1.25% 0% Levy on payments to sub-contractors with Net CIS status 0%…

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5th April 2018 Reclaiming VAT: Checking the validity of your supplier invoices.

  VAT registered businesses will be aware that they can only reclaim VAT on business purchases if they have a valid VAT invoice.   For supplies over £250, this invoice should disclose: Supplier: sales invoice unique sequential invoice number, name, address and VAT number. Date and tax point, if different Your name and address Description…

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5th April 2018 Deadline Approaching for ATED forms

  If you have a residential property which is worth more than £500,000 and is held in a company then you will be required to complete an Annual Tax on Residential Dwellings (ATED) form. The deadline is fast approaching with all ATED forms for 2018 to 2019 tax year being due for filing by 30th…

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5th April 2018 Whiting & Partners team advises on £1m buyout of an Insurance Brokerage

  Whiting & Partners, The Corporate Finance Network’s representative firm in Suffolk, has successfully advised the management team of its £1m buyout of an insurance brokerage. The Whiting & Partners team, led by Chris Kelly, was approached by the management team after they had a potential opportunity to acquire the insurance brokerage from the founding…

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5th April 2018 Top mistakes tax payers make when completing their tax returns.

  Making mistakes on self assessment tax returns however innocent can lead to enquiries, investigations and additional tax, interest and penalties. Below are some of the top mistakes many people make: Forgetting to include income from a previous employment that ended part way through a tax year. Forgetting to include benefits from a previous employment…

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27th March 2018 VAT Update – Out with the old and in with the new

  The current system for processing customs declarations for imports and exports with non-EU countries is changing. The current CHIEF system is to be replaced with the new CDS (Customs Declaration Service) to be phased in from August 2018 into early 2019.   The old system is nearly 25 years old and has become inflexible…

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26th March 2018 Child Care Voucher Scheme Closure – UPDATE @ 16 March 2018

  The UK Government has announced a six month extension on the closure of Childcare Voucher schemes, previously due to close to new members on 6 April 2018. This announcement comes in light of pressure from members of the public who signed a petition to prevent closure and also from the Labour Party who had…

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21st March 2018 Understanding Payments on Account

  Payments on Account (POA) tend to cause confusion for individuals submitting a Self Assessment Tax Return and may result in cash flow issues for some taxpayers. POA are payments which HMRC require in advance for the current tax year, based on the liability in the previous year. You will have to make POA if…

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