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Government begins to play its hand at the Brexit negotiation table - September 15, 2017


The Government has begun to publish a number of position papers which aim to set out how it intends to negotiate with the EU during the Brexit process. The proposals, released at the end of August, set out how the trade in goods and services between the European market and the UK should continue once […more]

HMRC given an extra £5.3 million to enforce minimum wage compliance - August 15, 2017


According to the Government’s latest Labour Market Enforcement Strategy report HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to receive an additional £5.3 million of funding in 2017/18 to ensure businesses are paying employees the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW). This follows on from a previous increase of £20 million in 2016, which […more]

Credit and debit card charges to be banned as cashless economy grows - August 15, 2017


From January next year businesses across the UK need to ensure that consumers are no longer being charged extra for paying by debit or credit card, according to new legislation from the Government. It is thought that in 2010 alone customers spent £473 million on charges from card payments, which is why the Treasury has […more]

Two fifths of SMEs say investment plans have been negatively affected by Brexit - August 15, 2017


A new survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that more than 40 per cent of UK businesses believe that Brexit has hurt their investment plans. The Confederation’s latest Investment Survey clearly asked 357 companies in the UK how the UK’s decision to leave the EU had affected their plans, with nearly […more]

Taylor report recommends review of cash-in-hand - August 15, 2017


Cash-in-hand payments should be replaced with technology driven alternatives in the hopes of collecting up to £6 billion more in tax – this is the conclusion of a Government-commissioned review conducted by Matthew Taylor, head of the think-tank the Royal Society of Arts. The 116-page report, entitled Taylor Review of Modern Work Practices, was commissioned to […more]

Making Tax Digital delayed by at least a year for the majority of businesses - August 15, 2017


The Government has announced that it plans to delay the full implementation of digital taxation until 2020. Making Tax Digital (MTD), the details of which will be included in the upcoming Finance Bill for 2017, has already faced a number of delays and was placed on hold before the snap general election in June. However, […more]

Landlords – unpaid tax should be declared sooner rather than later - August 15, 2017


Landlords are being advised that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is redoubling its efforts to crackdown on individuals who fail to properly report their taxes. A number of reports have emerged recently which suggest that the Revenue’s Connect ‘supercomputer’ is being used by the tax authority to gather far-reaching data on taxpayers and to effectively […more]

Scammers take advantage of businesses ignorance on EU VAT rules - August 15, 2017


Businesses across the UK are being targeted by scammers who are charging them to update companies VAT registration numbers online, when it is not necessary. Typically businesses are told that as part of changes to EU legislation, which obligates all companies to provide their VAT registration numbers on ‘various’ documents since 2010, they as a […more]

I’m a non-resident landlord. Do I have to file a tax return in the UK? - July 10, 2017


If you have lived abroad for six or months or more in a year, you are classed as a “non-resident landlord”, and the income you receive from renting out your home whilst abroad is taxable in the UK. This needs to be declared to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), but you do not necessarily need […more]

Persons of Significant Control – changes to Companies House Reporting - July 10, 2017


Last year saw a raft of changes come into effect at Companies House. Amongst the measures introduced was the requirement for companies to maintain a register of Persons of Significant Control (PSCs). New rules, which came into effect on 26 June 2017 mean that companies need to report all changes to their PSC information as […more]

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