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17th October 2017 Actors: IR35 tax rules will probably apply.

  In a recent tax tribunal test case, relating to the well-known actor Robert Glenister, HMRC were challenged as to whether the IR35 intermediary tax rules should apply to an actor earning his living through a personal service company.   As is typical with individuals providing their personal services through an intermediary company, Mr Glenister…

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17th October 2017 Start-Ups: Choosing a Business Name

  What’s in a Name? Having decided to start out in business, you will need to choose an operating name.  This is an important decision as it is the first thing that customers notice about you.   There are several factors to consider, including:   Relevance & Personalisation You may want to refer to your…

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12th October 2017 Trust Registration Service

  HMRC has released guidance for trustees and their agents for the new online Trust Registration Service (TRS) which has been operating since the middle of July. The new service replaces the old form 41G, as well as a section of the trust tax return used to report changes in trustee contact details.   Trusts…

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5th October 2017 HMRC “Connect”: Now checking businesses that should VAT register.

We have known since 2010 that HMRC has a computer programme, called “Connect”, that is collecting data from a variety of sources about taxpayers, and then using this intelligence to check on correct tax compliance. We have known that these data sources include Banks, Social Media, DVLA, Local Authorities, Foreign Tax Jurisdictions and Land Registry.…

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5th October 2017 Simple Assessment

  HMRC have now implemented their ‘Simple Assessment’ project, where they use the information already available to them from employers, pension providers, the DWP and banks to calculate the tax for those with straightforward or ’Simple’ tax affairs, without the need for a tax return to be completed.   In theory this sounds like an…

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27th September 2017 Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill Introduce to Parliament

  For the first time, parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child would receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law being supported by the Government. Currently, employees have a day-one right to take a “reasonable” amount of time off work to deal with a family or dependant…

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26th September 2017 Nearly half of eligible couples not claiming marriage tax allowance

  Following last year’s report from HMRC  showing that only a quarter of couples eligible for marriage tax allowance were actually claiming, figures have reduced but still stand at just over a half of couples missing out on the £230 a year they are entitled to. Although the government have tried to simplify the application…

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26th September 2017 Brexit: Practical SME preparations.

  As we approach the end of the first quarter in the run-up to Brexit D-day, we are now beginning to see what practical steps SME businesses are taking in preparation: Businesses with a significant production source or market presence within the rest of the EU are strengthening their presence there. Creating a subsidiary based…

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19th September 2017 Auto-Enrolment Spot Checks

  The Pensions Regulator have recently been working their way around the country, making spot checks to ensure employers are complying with Auto-enrolment duties. These help The Pensions Regulator understand any challenges employers are facing, and if they need to make any changes to their guidance. It also helps them identify employers who are failing…

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19th September 2017 HMRC advice on phishing emails and bogus contact

  I have blogged on this subject before. Unfortunately, this type of fraud is on the increase.   HMRC have published an up-dated warning with examples of bogus emails, text messages, and social media scams purporting to be from HMRC.  They also mention again bogus callers leaving messages about the need to make immediate tax…

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