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Advisory Fuel Rates for Company Cars

27th March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News
Advisory Fuel Rates for Company Cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which take effect from 1 March 2019. 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 after 1 March 2019 Read the full article…


Tax Efficient Investments Ahead of the Tax Year End

25th March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Miscellaneous, Tax
Tax Efficient Investments Ahead of the Tax Year End

With the end of the tax year looming there is still time to save tax for 2018/19.   Make full use of your ISA allowance – ISAs can offer a useful tax free way to save, whether this is for your children’s future, a first home or another purpose. Individuals may invest up to a limit of £20,000 for the Read the full article…


Pensions Auto Enrolment Contributions To Rise

21st March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, News, Pensions and Payroll, Pensions and Payroll
Pensions Auto Enrolment Contributions To Rise

Minimum pension contributions are set to increase from 6 April 2019:   Duration   Employer minimum   Total minimum contribution   Current contributions   2%   5%   6 April 2019 onwards   3%   8%   The Pensions Regulator has produced guidance for employers on dealing with the increase including a letter template to advise employees of the change. Read the full article…


Minimum Wage Increases

20th March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News, Pensions and Payroll
Minimum Wage Increases

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are the legal minimum wage rates that must be paid to employees. Employers are liable to be penalised for not complying with the NMW and NLW rules. There are different levels of NMW and NLW, depending on age and whether the employee is an apprentice. The rates are due to Read the full article…


Start Date Looming For Making Tax Digital For VAT

18th March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, HMRC, HMRC, Limited Companies, Making Tax Digital, Tax, VAT
Start Date Looming For Making Tax Digital For VAT

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, has made a statement to the House of Commons setting out HMRC’s progress on delivery of Making Tax Digital (MTD). He confirmed there would be no further delays in implementation. For most businesses, compliance with the regulations is mandated for VAT return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2019. However, MTD Read the full article…


Spring Statement – March 2019 Overview

14th March 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Brexit, Budget, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News, Tax
Spring Statement – March 2019 Overview

Introduction When we write these reports on the chancellor’s Budget speeches – and, more latterly, his Spring Statements – we always try and put them in the relevant political and economic context. This year it is impossible not to put the Spring Statement in a political context. On Monday night, the Prime Minister flew to Strasbourg and yet another meeting Read the full article…


Brexit VAT Update

28th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Brexit, Budget, Business, HMRC, Limited Companies, News, VAT
Brexit VAT Update

Brexit VAT Update: While you may be rather bored of Brexit dominating the news at present, we thought it important to try to cut through the noise and give you some really clear bullet points on how a ‘no deal’ Brexit might impact you, particularly relating to your VAT processes if you import and export within the EU. Please note, Read the full article…


HMRC’s Voice ID Database

12th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, GDPR, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News, Personal Tax
HMRC’s Voice ID Database

Since 2017, HMRC has captured millions of callers’ voice data on its Voice ID system by encouraging the caller to say a key phrase instead of the conventional password to gain access to their accounts. However, non-profit organisation Big Brother Watch warns that people have been ‘railroaded into a mass ID scheme by the back door’ and has reported HMRC Read the full article…


Protect Your Pension Pots

11th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, Pensions and Payroll, Pensions and Payroll
Protect Your Pension Pots

The Insolvency Service has urged individuals saving for retirement to protect their pension pots from criminals and ‘negligent trustees’. Research carried out by the Service found that criminals use a range of tactics to convince savers to part with their funds, including persuading individuals to access their pension and invest in unregulated schemes. Pension scam victims lost an average of Read the full article…


‘Unbelievable Excuses’ for Late Filing of Tax Returns

10th February 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Business, Client Focus, HMRC, HMRC, Miscellaneous, News, Personal Tax, Tax
‘Unbelievable Excuses’ for Late Filing of Tax Returns

HMRC has revealed some of the most ‘bizarre excuses’ taxpayers have given for failing to file their self assessment tax return on time. Excuses included ‘I’m too short to reach the post box’, and ‘my boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type’. One taxpayer claimed that a junior member of staff ‘forgot to wear their glasses’, and Read the full article…