Regular Tax Updates
& Business News

  • Simplify apprenticeship funding

    September 2019

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged the government to simplify the complexities of accessing apprenticeship funding. The Apprenticeship Levy took effect from 6 April…

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  • HMRC issues Customs EORI numbers

    September 2019

    In order to try and ensure that businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit, HMRC is automatically enrolling them in the customs system. HMRC has confirmed that more than 88,000 VAT-registered…

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  • Trusts with small amounts of savings income

    September 2019

    In the latest Trusts and Estates Newsletter HMRC has confirmed the continuation of the interim arrangement for interest reporting. In 2016 the requirement for payers to deduct tax at source…

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  • Advisory fuel rates for company cars

    September 2019

    New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which take effect from 1 September 2019. The guidance states: 'You can use the previous rates for up to one month…

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  • PAYE late filing and late payment penalties

    September 2019

    HMRC has confirmed that it will continue its risk-based approach to payroll Real Time Information (RTI) late filing and late payment penalties this tax year. Rather than late filing and…

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  • Self assessment deadlines

    September 2019

    Two self assessment deadlines are approaching: 5th October 2019 For those individuals who have not previously completed a tax return but need to report a liability for 2018/19. 31st October…

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  • HMRC latest guidance for employers

    September 2019

    HMRC has published the latest edition of the Employer Bulletin. This guidance for employers, and their agents, includes articles on: Class 1A liabilities payable on Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonial…

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  • Strong Customer Authentication

    September 2019

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has agreed a plan to give the payments and e-commerce industry extra time to implement Strong Customer Authentication (SCA). From 14 September 2019, new European…

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  • Off-payroll rules for the private sector

    August 2019

    The government has published the draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including the rules for off-payroll working in the private sector. The legislation is open for consultation until 5…

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  • Digital Services Tax

    August 2019

    From April 2020, the government will introduce a new 2% tax on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which derive value from UK users. However,…

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  • Insolvency hierarchy changes

    August 2019

    From 6 April 2020, insolvency legislation will be amended to move HMRC up the creditor hierarchy for the distribution of assets in the event of insolvency by making HMRC a…

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  • Private Residence Relief changes

    August 2019

    The government published draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including draft clauses on the changes to Private Residence Relief (PRR). The draft legislation is subject to consultation which closes…

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  • Working parents may be eligible for tax-free childcare this summer

    August 2019

    The government is reminding working parents that they could ease this summer's childcare costs by using Tax-Free Childcare (TFC). The scheme is worth up to £2,000 a year for each…

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  • VAT changes may cause construction chaos

    August 2019

    The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is warning that a major change in the way that VAT is accounted for in the building and construction sector which takes effect later…

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  • Wage growth at a high

    August 2019

    Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that UK wage growth increased to 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest rate since the financial…

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  • Updated guidance on spotting HMRC scammers

    August 2019

    HMRC has updated their list of examples of websites, emails, letters, text messages, WhatsApp messages and phone calls used by scammers and fraudsters to obtain an individual's personal information. The…

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