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Dec 12, 2017

From next April, Wales will join Scotland in becoming responsible for some of the taxes paid locally. This will begin with the introduction of the new Welsh land transaction tax (LTT) which will replace the UK stamp duty land tax (SDLT) as well as ...

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Dec 12, 2017

The tax penalty system is intended to make penalties simpler to understand and more consistent across many taxes. The penalties can range from 0% where reasonable care is taken, but nonetheless an incorrect return is submitted up to 100% of the tax...

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Dec 12, 2017

Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where entrepreneurs' relief is available CGT of 10% is payable rather than the normal main rate of 20%. Thi...

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Dec 12, 2017

In a boost for the Midlands economy, Coventry has been named UK City of Culture 2021. The announcement was made by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen after Coventry beat four other cities that were in the running. The title of ...

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Dec 12, 2017

The employment allowance of £3,000 per year is available to most businesses and charities and can be used to be offset against their employers Class 1 NIC bill. The allowance can be claimed as part of the normal payroll process. An employer can c...

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Dec 06, 2017

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has announced that he will deliver his Spring Statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. This will be the first Spring Statement to take place following the government’s decision to switch to a ne...

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Dec 05, 2017

The Finance Bill 2017-18 was published on 1 December 2017 and runs to relatively modest 192 pages. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures that have been announced by the Government at Autumn Budget 2017. The Finance Bill in...

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Dec 05, 2017

HM Treasury has published an interesting response to a Freedom of Information enquiry that wanted to know what happens to the money raised from the sale of 5p plastic bags by retailers. HM Treasury points out that this charge is not a tax and the m...

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Dec 05, 2017

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) limit is a generous capital allowance that will more than cover the annual capital expenditure spend of many small and medium sized businesses. The AIA is a 100% upfront allowance that applies to qualifying exp...

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Dec 05, 2017

Many commentators had predicted that the Chancellor would further reduce the annual amount that can be saved into a pension as part of the Budget measures. However, these fears appear to have been unfounded as no changes were announced. The annual ...

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Dec 05, 2017

Class 2 national Insurance contributions (NICs) are paid by self-employed taxpayers and members of partnerships if their annual profits are over £6,025. Class 2 NICs are payable at a flat weekly rate currently, £2.85. Class 2 NICs count towards p...

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Dec 05, 2017

HMRC’s appeal to the Upper Tribunal over termination payments made to two football players employed by Tottenham Hotspur has been rejected. The case related to the tax position of termination payments made to two professional footballers in conne...

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Dec 03, 2017

The government has confirmed that, as a result of “low referral rates”, its national Fit for Work referral and assessment service will come to an end in England and Wales on 31 March 2018 and on 31 May 2018 in Scotland. The Fit for Work servi...

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Nov 29, 2017

In a written ministerial statement, the government has announced the proposed new rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP...

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Nov 29, 2017

Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees that outlines what kind of workplace behaviours could be considered sexual harassment and how to report and handle it. The guidance covers: what is sexual harassment? how does sexual ha...

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Nov 28, 2017

As part of the Budget measures, the Chancellor announced that the indexation allowance for companies that make capital gains is to be scrapped. The indexation allowance currently allows companies or organisations to include the effects of inflation...

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Nov 28, 2017

The biggest prize from the recent Budget went to first-time home buyers after the Chancellor announced changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rules. With immediate effect from Budget day, SDLT has been abolished for first-time buyers making a pu...

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Nov 28, 2017

The low-emission vehicles plug-in grant can help you save up to £4,500 on the purchase price of a new electric or hybrid car. The scheme was first launched in 2011 and is available across the UK and offers a grant towards the price of eligible new...

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Nov 28, 2017

The married couple's allowance (MCA) is available to elderly married couples or those in a civil partnership where at least one member of the couple were born before 6 April 1935. The allowance provides for tax relief by deducting 10% of the allowa...

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Nov 28, 2017

The State Pension age has been increasing since April 2010. The changes will see the State pension age gradually rise to 65 for women between 2010 and 2018, and then to 66, 67 and 68 for both men and women by 2039. There are now many taxpayers that...

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Nov 28, 2017

As a general rule, someone who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the inheritance. This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased's estate before any cash or assets are distributed to th...

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Nov 28, 2017

The latest advisory fuel rates became effective on 1 December 2017. Fuel rates are reviewed four times a year with changes taking effect on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. You can use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date ...

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Nov 27, 2017

The Finance (No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 17 November 2017. It follows the Finance Act 2017 which received Royal Assent before the June 2017 general election. Some of the provisions were dropped from the Finance Act 2017 so that it coul...

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Nov 27, 2017

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has replaced its Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation with a 58-page “Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. The Guide contains very similar content to the Overview, bu...

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