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Shared parental leave and pay

17/09/2019

The shared parental leave and pay rules offer working parents far greater choice as to how they share the care of their child and take time off work during the first year of their child’s life. The rules apply equally for children that have

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Reporting changes that affect Child Benefits

17/09/2019

You must notify HMRC of certain changes to family life. For example, a change in your child’s or your family’s circumstances. This is to ensure that the correct amount of Child Benefit is paid in respect of your children. You must tell

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Tax relief for private pension contributions

17/09/2019

You can claim tax relief for your private pension contributions. The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions is £40,000 for the current tax year. There is also a facility to carry forward any unused amount of your annual allowance from the

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Don’t miss your company accounts filing deadline

17/09/2019

Companies House has issued a press release to remind companies to keep on top of their filing responsibilities. The end of this month, 30 September 2019, marks a common deadline for many companies who will need to file their company accounts with a

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IHT and lifetime transfers

17/09/2019

There are special rules concerning the liability to IHT of a transfer made during a person's lifetime. For example, most gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as

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Income excluded from a UK property business

17/09/2019

HMRC publishes a list of income streams that are excluded from a UK property business. The list includes fishing concerns, hotels and guest houses, tied premises, caravan sites, lodgers and tenants in your own home, extra services to tenants and

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VAT Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme

17/09/2019

Businesses that use the flat rate scheme pay VAT as a fixed percentage of their VAT inclusive turnover. The VAT agricultural flat rate scheme is a variant of the flat rate scheme specifically designed for farmers and other activities relating to

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Loan charge review launched

17/09/2019

The Treasury has announced that Sir Amyas Morse, the former Comptroller and Auditor General and Chief Executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), will lead an independent review of the loan charge. This announcement gives some hope to many people

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Paper Self-Assessment return deadline

17/09/2019

The 2018-19 tax return deadline for taxpayers who continue to submit paper Self-Assessment returns is 31 October 2019. Late submission of a Self-Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty usually applies

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New checker tool to help businesses prepare for Brexit

11/09/2019

The government has launched a “Get ready for Brexit” public information campaign to help ensure businesses are ready when the UK leaves the EU on (currently) 31 October 2019. As part of the campaign, a new checker tool will help

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Immigration rights of EEA citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit

11/09/2019

The Government has now announced the revised transitional arrangements that will apply in the event of a no-deal Brexit to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their close family members arriving in the UK after Brexit, replacing those set out in a January

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Information Commissioner’s Office publishes no-deal Brexit guidance for small and medium-sized organisations

10/09/2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published dedicated guidance to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their preparations for a no-deal Brexit and has urged them to “prepare for all scenarios” to maintain data

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Get information about a company

10/09/2019

There is a significant amount of information that can be obtained from Companies House. Companies House is responsible for incorporating and dissolving limited companies, examining and storing company information and making company information

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What is the Annual Investment Allowance?

10/09/2019

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is a generous tax relief that was first introduced in 2008. The AIA allows for the total amount of qualifying expenditure on plant, machinery, commercial vehicles and other qualifying equipment to be deducted

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Planning a Christmas party?

10/09/2019

Now is the time that many businesses are planning a Christmas celebration for staff as well as possibly for partners/spouses, clients and prospective clients. The cost of a staff party or other annual entertainment is generally allowed as a

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Reporting employee changes

10/09/2019

There are rules that businesses must follow when they are reporting employee changes. These changes must be sent to HMRC using a Full Payment Submission (FPS). The FPS is a submission that you need to make to HMRC every time you pay your employees

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Options to close down a limited company

10/09/2019

There are a number of reasons why a limited company may no longer be required and can be shut down. This may be because the limited company structure no longer suits a client's needs, the business is no longer active, or the company is insolvent.

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Claiming Entrepreneurs’ relief

10/09/2019

Entrepreneurs' relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available, CGT of 10% is payable in place of the standard rate. There are a

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