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Crack down on ‘fire and rehire’ practices

28/02/2024

The Government has announced action to tackle the use of controversial 'fire and rehire' practices. In a press release issued 19 February 2024 they said: “Action against unscrupulous employers to tackle the use of controversial ‘fire and rehire’ practices will be rolled out by the Government today [19 February]. Dismissal and...

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A new champion for small businesses appointed

28/02/2024

An experienced entrepreneur has taken up a key role to promote the needs of small businesses to government and ensure suppliers seize the benefits of the Procurement Act. Shirley Cooper OBE, former chair and president of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, met Parliamentary Secretary Alex Burghart for the first time as...

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Beware fake tax rebate offers

22/02/2024

HMRC continues to warn of the ever-present problem of fraudulent phishing emails, suspicious phone calls and texts. These unwanted emails, phone calls and texts are being sent from around the world as HMRC and other agencies continue to combat the problem. These messages aim to obtain taxpayers personal and or financial information such...

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Cost of living final payment 2023-24

22/02/2024

The Cost of Living support package has been designed to help over 8 million households in receipt of means tested benefits. The details of Cost of Living Payments due in the 2023-24 tax year were published in 2023 and have recently been updated with details of the final payment. Eligible recipients will receive up to 3 Cost of Living...

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Are you self-employed?

22/02/2024

Self-employed taxpayers should notify HMRC as soon as practicable when they begin working for themselves. HMRC must be officially notified by 5 October following the end of the tax year so that a self-assessment return can be issued on time and to avoid any unnecessary penalties. HMRC’s guidance says that you are probably self-employed...

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Types of limited companies

22/02/2024

A limited company is a company ‘limited by shares’ or ‘limited by guarantee’. Limited by shares This is the most common limited company structure. A limited by shares company is a separate legal entity owned by its shareholders and managed by its directors. In smaller limited companies, shareholders and directors are the same persons....

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Entitlement to Business asset disposal relief

22/02/2024

Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR) 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 sellers can benefit from a 10% tax charge on exit from their business if BADR is available. When the relief is available Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 10% is...

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Letting part of your home

22/02/2024

In general, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used as the family's main residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as Private Residence Relief or PRR. However, where part of the home has been let out the entitlement to relief may be affected. Homeowners that let out part of their house may not benefit...

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Top-line, bottom-line?

20/02/2024

Most small business owners are happy, from a financial point of view, if sales are in line with expectations. And there are obvious grounds for this conclusion, after all, if sales dry up there are no funds feeding into cashflow. Unfortunately, top-line sales are just one aspect of a business that measure bottom-line profitability. To...

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Importing or exporting for the first time?

20/02/2024

If you are considering selling or buying to or from companies based outside the UK, you may well be overawed by the plethora of regulation you are required to be familiar. As a first step, you could make use of the GOV.UK website and access HMRC’s “digital assistant”. You could use this to find out about: getting an EORI...

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A reminder that NLW and NMW rates are increasing

15/02/2024

A reminder for our readers that the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase with effect from 1 April 2024. The increase will see the NLW rate increased to £11.44 per hour, an increase of over £1 over the current rate of £10.42. This means the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW will...

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Checking Furnished Holiday Let property occupancy

15/02/2024

The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for tax purposes. In order to qualify as a furnished holiday letting, the following criteria need to be met: The property must be let on a commercial basis with a view to the realisation of profits. Second...

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Eligibility for the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

15/02/2024

The VAT Flat Rate scheme is open to VAT registered businesses that expect their taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000, excluding VAT. The annual taxable turnover limit is the total of everything that a business sells during the year that is not VAT exempt. Under the scheme rules, businesses pay VAT as a fixed...

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Tax on inherited private pensions

15/02/2024

Private pensions can be an efficient way to pass on wealth, but it is important to consider what, if any, tax will be payable on a private pension you inherit. The person who died will usually have nominated you by telling their pension provider that you should inherit any monies left in their pension pot. If the nominated person can’t be...

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What is Class 1A NIC?

15/02/2024

Class 1A NICs are paid by employers in respect of most benefits in kind provided to employees such as a company car. Class 1A NICs are also due on charge on termination awards above a £30,000 threshold that have not already been subjected to Class 1 NICs deductions. There’s no employee contribution payable for Class 1A NICs. Class 1A...

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Autumn Finance Bill 2023 update

15/02/2024

The government published the Autumn Finance Bill 2023 on 29 November 2023. The Bill is officially known as Finance Bill 2023-24. The Bill contains the legislation for many of the tax measures announced in the recent Autumn Statement. The Bill has now completed its passage through the House of Commons and the 1st reading at the House of...

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The Valuation Office Agency tackles holiday lets

14/02/2024

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is writing to some owners of self-catering holiday lets that are assessed for business rates. They are doing this because they need further information about the income and expenditure of these properties. Last year, the VOA wrote to most self-catering holiday let owners in England and Wales to ask them...

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Full-time and part-time contracts

14/02/2024

As an employer, the tax and employment responsibilities you have for your staff will depend on the type of contract you give them and their employment status. Contract types include: full-time and part-time contracts fixed-term contracts agency staff freelancers, consultants, contractors zero-hours contracts There are also...

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