Spring Statement 2018

Spring Statement 2018

By the time Chancellor Philip Hammond rose to his feet in the House of Commons to deliver the first Spring Statement, he had already offered plenty of hints that this would be a low-key affair. Gone was the primetime Wednesday slot after Prime Minister’s Questions, gone was the trailing of policy announcements in the days and weeks beforehand and gone was the set-piece photo call Read more…

Tax-Free Childcare launches for all parents of under-12s

Tax-Free Childcare launches for all parents of under-12s

A scheme, enabling parents of children aged 12 and under to benefit from up to £2,000 towards the cost of childcare, has now been extended to all working parents with children in the age group. The scheme provides a Government top-up worth £2 for every £8 contributed by parents, up to a maximum of £2,000 a year. Tax-Free Childcare can be used towards all registered Read more…

SMEs invest three working weeks a year on tax compliance

SMEs invest three working weeks a year on tax compliance

A new study, prepared by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has found that the UK’s average small business spends nearly three working weeks every 12 months complying with tax rules. This costs SMEs around £5,000 a year on average, according to the survey of 1,000 small businesses. Of the challenges they face, around half (46 per cent) say determining the tax rates at which Read more…

Does Nesquik attract VAT? It depends on the flavour, Revenue says

Does Nesquik attract VAT? It depends on the flavour, Revenue says

An apparently counterintuitive judgement was handed down last month by the Upper Tier Tribunal as it ruled VAT should be applied to the strawberry and banana flavours of Nesquik milk powder, but not to the chocolate equivalent. The case arose after Nestlé, the manufacturer of the powders made a repayment claim to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which was refused on the basis that the Read more…

Only a third of EIS taken up by companies outside London

Only a third of EIS taken up by companies outside London

New data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that businesses in London and the South East account for 66 per cent of the Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) uptake. Despite accounting for 62 per cent of the UK economy, businesses outside London and the South-East only account for £610 million out of nearly £1.9 billion of EIS investments. The report shows that since the EIS Read more…

Cash payments plunge as digital payments become the default for many consumers

Cash payments plunge as digital payments become the default for many consumers

New research from finance and banking trade body, UK Finance, has found that debit card transactions will overtake those made with cash this year. Meanwhile, ATM usage peaked several years ago, with more than 2.9 billion transactions taking place in 2012, falling to 2.7 billion in 2016, which amounted to £6 billion less than in the previous year. Underscoring the scale of the change, figures Read more…

Chancellor calls for Inheritance Tax review to make regime “fit for purpose”

Chancellor calls for Inheritance Tax review to make regime “fit for purpose”

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to undertake a review of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) system to ensure that it meets the needs of modern households. In a letter to the OTS, an independent branch of the Treasury, Mr Hammond said that the current system is “particularly complex” and that he wants the OTS to find new ways of Read more…