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View Parliament Eases Through The Finance Act 2019

Parliament Eases Through The Finance Act 2019

According to a recent government announcement, 32 million people will be better off as the Finance Bill 2018-19 receives Royal Assent. Treasury Announcement: A basic rate taxpayer will pay over £1,200 less income tax than they did in 2010, thanks to the government’s changes, giving people more help with the cost of living. As well…

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View Tax Planning Considerations For 2018-19

Tax Planning Considerations For 2018-19

The deadline for filing 2017-18 self-assessment tax returns without paying a penalty for late submission has passed (31 January 2019). But a new and pressing deadline now presents itself: 5 April 2019. Tax planning options for 2018-19 As we have outlined in previous posts, most tax planning needs to be considered and actioned before the…

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View GDPR: What Was All The Fuss About?

GDPR: What Was All The Fuss About?

Last year, the 23 May 2018 to be precise, the UK adapted the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The deadline created a rush of publicity and activity as businesses across the UK pored over their data processing systems, making changes to accommodate the new rules. After the deadline, its as if the curtain came down…

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View The Chancellor Announces That Alcohol Duties Are Frozen

The Chancellor Announces That Alcohol Duties Are Frozen

In what amounts to a single-issue mini-budget the Treasury posted a welcome announcement for the manufacturers and consumers of alcoholic products last week. They said: From today, (1 February 2019) taxes on beer, cider and spirits are frozen for another year, keeping costs down for industry and consumers alike. alcohol duty cuts and freezes over…

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View How To Cope With Recession

How To Cope With Recession

Recession literally means “the act of going back, of receding…” Economic pundits have hijacked the word to mean “a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced…”. It is usually heralded by a fall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Are We Revisiting A Recession? According to many commentators on the…

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View Import VAT | Payments And Certificates Are Changing

Import VAT | Payments And Certificates Are Changing

As you know, when it comes to VAT, we have a not-so-secret weapon in the shape of Michele Harris. As a former HMRC VAT inspector for over 20 years, there isn’t much our Michele doesn’t know about VAT. However, as we approach new territory with Brexit, things are changing. VAT Import Procedures It has been…

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View Have You Planned Efficiently For The 5th April 2019?

Have You Planned Efficiently For The 5th April 2019?

There must be several hundred separate deadlines for UK tax purposes, but the most common is the end of the tax year. In the UK this is 5 April.  Deadly Beginnings Historically, a deadline was a line drawn around a prison. If inmates crossed it, they were shot. This phrase has been extended and is…

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View HMRC Update On Preparing For No Deal Brexit

HMRC Update On Preparing For No Deal Brexit

There are just under 60 days left until the present withdrawal deadline is reached, 29 March 2019. Leaving aside the fact that there were no violins available, it’s interesting to seek a comparison between the supposed musical antics of Nero in AD64. As Rome burned and our government, preoccupied with important political matters as British…

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View Understanding IR35: What Are “Disguised Employees”?

Understanding IR35: What Are “Disguised Employees”?

What is a disguised employee? Very definitely, it is not an individual holding a clock card in fancy dress. It is a contractor, usually in the guise of a limited company, that is undertaking work as if an employee, but more importantly, is being paid as a business contractor. This saves the “employer” paying National…

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