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24th November 2017 Autumn Budget – Property taxes

SDLT for First time buyers – The government has introduced a new relief from SDLT for first-time buyers (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for all transactions with an effective date on or after 22 November 2017. The relief works as follows: £300,000 or less: no SDLT payable £300,001 and £500,000: no SDLT on the…

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14th November 2017 New to business? Beware of payments on account!

  When setting up in business you will be fully aware that you will have tax to pay on your profits, and you will ideally be putting money aside to cover this. What you might not be aware of is that you may have to pay two years’ worth of tax in just six months.…

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10th November 2017 Changes to Large Company Research & Development relief

  The Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) has now replaced the large company R&D scheme. This credit is mandatory for accounting periods ended 31 March 2017, and we are now seeing the implications of claiming the new relief. The credit applies to large companies, and SME’s who claim under the large company scheme, for…

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10th November 2017 Reminder for all companies ahead of MTD

  The MTD machine is moving along and the starting date of April 2019 draws ever closer and closer.  We have been working with our clients to ensure that those VAT registered (in particular) with a turnover over the VAT threshold are implementing any changes required sooner rather than later so that any teething problems can…

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27th October 2017 Active Farmers Accountant Certificates: Recent announcement

  We have recently become aware of an announcement in October 2017 by the Rural Payments Agency regarding Active Farmers Accountant Certificates. This concerns farmers who are in receipt of payments from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 and follows a European Union audit requiring the Rural Payments Agency to check the active farmer status…

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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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12th September 2017 Pensions Auto enrolment compliance

  The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun carrying out employer spot checks to make sure employers are complying with their automatic enrolment duties and that they are giving their staff the workplace pensions they’re entitled to. According to the TPR these inspections help them to understand any challenges employers are facing, and whether TPR need…

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12th September 2017 Guidance for employers

HMRC have issued their latest guidance to employers in the August edition of the Employer Bulletin. This publication, which is issued every two months, includes articles on: Reporting Pay As You Earn in real time Optional Remuneration Arrangements Tax codes – Get it right first time PAYE penalties – continuation of the risk-based approach to charging penalties…

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12th September 2017 HMRC online forum and webchat

HMRC have announced the introduction of a new online tax forum and webchat service for small businesses. HMRC are advising that the new service called the Small Business Online Forum offers advice on tax matters as well as help with: starting a business support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding…

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12th September 2017 Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 September 2017. The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The rates only apply to employees using a company car. The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or…

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