VAT receipts reach record level of £133 billion

Figures published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have revealed that VAT revenue in 2018/19 rose by £7 billion from the previous year to reach a record £133 billion. In the ten years since 2008/09, the VAT take has risen

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HMRC launches revamped CEST IR35 off-payroll working tool

With less than three months remaining before the IR35 off-payroll working rules begin to apply in the private sector, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a revamped CEST IR35 off-payroll working tool. The rule change means that engagers, rather

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SMEs now wait 23 days for late payments, new study finds

According to the latest data, UK SMEs now have to wait up to 23 days on average for late payments to be made. MarketFinance, a peer-to-peer invoice finance platform, has analysed late payment data between 2013 and 2019 from 100,205

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More than 3,000 taxpayers complete self-assessment on Christmas Day

Instead of tucking into turkey or unwrapping their gifts, 3,003 taxpayers completed their self-assessment returns on 25 December 2019, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Every year hundreds of people across the UK use the Christmas break as a

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New Year, New Hire, New Career!

December and January are traditionally a quiet time in financial recruitment. From the employer point of view, companies are focused on meeting the year-end deadline and the huge workload that entails. Against this backdrop, it can be hard to find

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Keeping workplace gifts tax-free this Christmas

Over the Christmas period, you may wish to treat your employees. This is a tried and trusted approach to building a strong relationship with your team. But are you aware that you may be breaking PAYE rules by doing so?

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The end of the help-to-buy ISA – What’s next?

Since 2015, banks and building societies have been offering help-to-buy ISAs to first-time buyers. To qualify, you had to be 16 or over and be a first-time buyer. However, as of the end of last month, the scheme has been

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Around half of the UK’s SMEs admit to making errors on taxes

According to accounting software providers, QuickBooks, over 50 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners have made a mistake when filing their VAT returns, while 25 per cent feel confident that they have filed their VAT accurately.

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Newly cohabiting parents warned over new tax charge

Newly cohabiting couples, where at least one of the partners is a parent, have been warned by a leading insurer to be aware of a new tax charge, if either earns more than £50,000 a year. NFU Mutual has said

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Businesses and contractors offered clarity on IR35

With less than six months left until the introduction of the IR35 regulations in the private sector, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has finally released additional guidance to help clarify this complex area of taxation. From 6 April 2020, the

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