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Reporting company car expenses and fuel - March 3, 2017

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If you provide cars to your employees for their own private use, you will need to report this to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) using form P11D at the end of the tax year. The value you will need to list for any vehicles provided in this way is set by HMRC and reflects the […more]

One in five micro-businesses unaware of Making Tax Digital, research shows - March 3, 2017

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Research published by FreeAgent has found that a fifth of the smallest business are unaware of Making Tax Digital (MTD) – HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) flagship policy, which will introduce quarterly electronic reporting for most businesses. The FreeAgent survey also found that 84 per cent of micro-businesses thought the Government had not provided enough […more]

Business rates are a “ticking time bomb” - March 3, 2017

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In April 2017, businesses are expecting to receive the first indication of their new business rates following the latest revaluation. Although many businesses are expecting small falls in business rates, around a third are expecting very sharp rises. Around a fifth of these, mainly located in the South East where property prices are higher, are […more]

Reminder: Payroll changes ahead - March 3, 2017

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From 1 April 2017, the statutory wage for employees in the UK is to increase. The change will mean that those aged 25 and over in receipt of the National Living Wage will see their hourly rate increase from £7.20 to £7.50. Meanwhile, workers aged 21–24 will also see an increase of 10p from £6.95 […more]

New late payment regulations to come into force - March 3, 2017

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On 6 April 2017 new rules will come into force that will require Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and medium and large companies to publish reports on their payment practices. The Limited Liability Partnerships (Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance) Regulations 2017 and The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulation 2017 will require these businesses to report specific information […more]

Don’t miss out on grandparents’ pension boost - February 3, 2017

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A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that just 1,300 people have claimed National Insurance (NI) credits, which can help them ensure their entitlement to the full state pension when they reach retirement age, if they have left employment to care for grandchildren or other relatives under the age of 12. With […more]

Businesses encouraged to cash-in older currency - February 3, 2017

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From 5 May 2017, the old paper £5 note will no longer be legal tender and may not be accepted in shops and could be refused by banks. After this date retailers and banks need only accept or swap old notes at their own discretion. The new ‘plastic’ notes are already widely in circulation, but […more]

Do you know the rules on claiming capital allowances on cars? - February 3, 2017

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If you buy and use cars in your business, you can claim capital allowances on their value, allowing you to deduct part of the value from your pre-tax profits using writing down allowances. The amount that you can deduct depends of the CO2 emissions of the car, whether it is new or second hand, when […more]

Small businesses used to plug tax gap - February 3, 2017

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been accused of using small and medium-sized businesses to plug the UK’s tax gap, following a report which showed an additional £468 million was generated in tax revenue by SMEs in 2016. The figure, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, follows on from HMRC’s announcement at the end […more]

Small firms to be helped with bank switching - February 3, 2017

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The UK’s large army of small businesses will soon be able to switch their accounts between banks more easily, following changes to bank competition rules. The Bacs Payment Scheme, the organisation responsible for the majority of the UK’s automated payments, has agreed to implement a number of improvements to make the retail banking market more […more]

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