Make the grandest romantic gesture and reduce your tax bill

Getting married or conducting a civil partnership ceremony is often the happiest day of most people’s lives but unfortunately almost one million married or civil partnered couples in the UK have not used up to £900 in tax relief available

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Tribunal finds in favour of Middlesbrough FC in low pay claim

In a landmark case, Middlesbrough FC has effectively won the right to pay staff below the minimum wage by providing other benefits to them. In February, an employment tribunal at Teesside Magistrates’ Court overturned a ruling that the Championship football

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Are you making full use of the generous R&D relief scheme?

Thousands of companies across the UK enjoy tax relief totalling billions of pounds thanks to the Government’s generous R&D relief scheme. Last year nearly 40,000 claims were made for Research and Development (R&D) tax credits in the UK, almost double

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National Living Wage to rise next month

From 1 April 2019, employers will be required by law to pay their employees the following minimum wages: Year 25 and over (National Living Wage) 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice Current rate £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20

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Payroll sector prepares for key changes in 2019/20

The next 12 months will see a number of new changes to payroll policy that could have an impact on a wide range of businesses. To give an overview of how businesses could be affected by these changes, below are

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Entrepreneurs’ Relief changes fail to meet up to the test

During the last Budget, the Government announced new conditions to Entrepreneurs’ relief which have seen a tightening of the rules in connection with the share rights to which an individual must be entitled in order to qualify for the relief.

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Just over half of businesses are prepared for Making Tax Digital

A new study into preparations for Making Tax Digital amongst businesses has found that only 57 per cent of firms are ready to comply with the new regime by 1 April 2019. Despite the various delays and changes to the

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Late payers to be flagged up to businesses under new proposals

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has recommended a new “traffic light” system that will warn smaller firms which businesses have a consistent record of late payment and those most likely to request longer payment terms. It is thought that

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HM Revenue & Customs drops insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has dropped its insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns following a series of tribunal rulings. For several years, HMRC has advised in its guidance on the gov.uk website that company directors should

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Automatic Enrolment contributions to increase

The next increase in Automatic Enrolment (AE) pension contributions for both employees and employers will take place from 6 April 2019. The minimum employer contribution will increase from two per cent to three per cent, while the employee contribution will

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