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Feb 18, 2018

In its “Good Work” response to the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the government stated that, as part of its commitment to raising awareness of employment rights, it was to instigate a campaign to encourage more working parents...

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Feb 13, 2018

There are a number of different options open to taxpayers that disagree with a tax decision issued by HMRC. The first step is to make an appeal to HMRC against the tax decision. If taxpayers do not agree with HMRC’s appeals review, there are furt...

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Feb 13, 2018

The tax treatment of charities can be very complex. As a first step any charity hoping to benefit from any beneficial treatment needs to be recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes by HMRC as well as meeting other criteria. A recognised charity ...

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Feb 13, 2018

When your partner gives birth or when you adopt a child or have a baby by surrogate, you may be entitled to 1 or 2 weeks paternity leave and paternity pay. You are also entitled to take a small amount of unpaid time off work before the baby is born...

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Feb 13, 2018

HMRC issues some helpful guidance that covers what you need to do if you stopped work. The guidance covers the main reasons that you might have stopped work such as being made redundant or leaving your job. If you have been made redundant then you ...

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Feb 13, 2018

One might expect that the answer to this question would be a definitive no. However, under certain circumstances a will can actually be changed after death. This is done by using what is known as a Deed of Variation. Any changes to the will must be...

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Feb 13, 2018

A special employment history request can be submitted by taxpayers for those needing to make a claim for compensation. The form is usually used for claims relating to industrial injuries, road traffic accidents, medical negligence and hardship. HMR...

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Feb 13, 2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was launched in April 2017 to the first tranche of working parents. The scheme was initially made available to working parents of children aged under 4 on 31 August 2017. On 15 January 2018, the scheme was exten...

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Feb 11, 2018

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force on 1 April 2018. The regulations will increase the various rates of the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wag...

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Feb 06, 2018

HMRC has issued a press release detailing the number of online filings made for the 2016-17 self assessment returns. The use of the online service continues to grow year on year. In this year a total of over 9.9 million online filings were made by ...

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Feb 06, 2018

Many taxpayers supplement their income by selling services online. This is often known as the 'sharing economy' or the 'peer-to-peer economy' and usually involves taxpayers renting out something they are not using such as their house (using website...

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Feb 06, 2018

Rollover relief is a valuable relief that allows for a delay in the payment of capital gains tax (CGT) on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the tax on the g...

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Feb 06, 2018

HMRC has published a news release to explain how they are working to stop taxpayers receiving fraudulent text messages from reaching their phones. Scammers have been found to be using text message or SMS phishing scams to contact taxpayers. These s...

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Feb 06, 2018

If you move abroad it can be advantageous to continue paying UK National Insurance Contributions (NICs) in order to preserve your entitlement to the State Pension and other benefits. If you are working in the European Economic Area the rules depend...

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Feb 06, 2018

The Notification of Vehicle Arrivals (NOVA) is an online notification system for vehicles entering the country for permanent use on UK roads. There is a separate process for personal imports from outside the EU and for the temporary importations of...

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Feb 04, 2018

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has launched a new campaign to encourage more retail employers to sign up to its trailblazing “Disability Confident” employer scheme, to increase the number of disabled people in the workforce. ...

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Feb 04, 2018

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has introduced new identity checking guidelines for standard and enhanced disclosure checks. The new guidelines have been running in parallel with the previous guidelines since October 2017. However, the pre...

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Jan 30, 2018

Donations to charity over the course of a tax year can add up and taxpayers must ensure they keep a proper record of all donations to record them on their tax return. Donations that are made through the Gift Aid scheme allow for the recipient chari...

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Jan 30, 2018

As a general rule there is no CGT payable on the disposal of a property which has been used as the main family residence. Conversely, an investment property which has never been used will not qualify for relief. This relief from CGT is commonly kno...

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Jan 30, 2018

Taxpayers that have not yet filed their 2016-17 self-assessment returns will have been charged an automatic £100 penalty for late submission. The penalty applies from 1 February 2018 even if no tax was due or the tax due was paid on time. In some...

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Jan 30, 2018

HMRC revealed that, as of 24 January 2018, there remained over 3 million taxpayers who had not yet submitted their 2016-17 self-assessment returns. This left a lot of people with a lot of work to do in the final week before the submission deadline....

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Jan 30, 2018

There are special rules in place when a limited company gives to a charity. This can include Corporation Tax relief for certain donations made to registered charities or community amateur sports club (CASC) as well as capital allowances for giving ...

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Jan 30, 2018

Employees who use their own uniforms, work clothing and tools for work can sometimes claim tax relief for the associated costs. It is possible to claim for the cost of repairing or replacing small tools you need to do your job as an employee (for e...

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Jan 28, 2018

Following the publication of new government research which shows that fewer than half of businesses are aware of forthcoming new data protection laws, the government has urged businesses to act to make sure the personal data they hold is secure and...

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