Payroll sector prepares for key changes in 2019/20

Payroll sector prepares for key changes in 2019/20

The next 12 months will see a number of new changes to payroll policy that could have an impact on a wide range of businesses. To give an overview of how businesses could be affected by these changes, below are some of the highlights that employers will need to prepare for.  Private Sector IR35  From April 2020, where an individual is engaged by a medium Read more…

Entrepreneurs’ Relief changes fail to meet up to the test

Entrepreneurs’ Relief changes fail to meet up to the test

During the last Budget, the Government announced new conditions to entrepreneurs’ relief that would take immediate effect to change the definition of a “personal company” for shareholders who claim entrepreneurs’ relief. By introducing these changes, they hope to restrict shareholders relief to those with a genuine material stake of at least five per cent in a company. For gains arising from shares, or assets used Read more…

Just over half of businesses are prepared for Making Tax Digital

Just over half of businesses are prepared for Making Tax Digital

A new study into preparations for Making Tax Digital amongst businesses has found that only 57 per cent of firms are ready to comply with the new regime by 1 April 2019. Despite the various delays and changes to the Government’s new digital tax system, businesses have had several years to prepare themselves for this landmark change in taxation. Initially, the new system will only Read more…

Late payers to be flagged up to businesses under new proposals

Late payers to be flagged up to businesses under new proposals

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has recommended a new “traffic light” system that will warn smaller firms which businesses have a consistent record of late payment and those most likely to request longer payment terms. It is thought that around £2.5 billion is lost annually within the economy due to late payments and they have been attributed to the closure of around 50,000 businesses Read more…

HM Revenue & Customs drops insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs drops insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has dropped its insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns following a series of tribunal rulings. For several years, HMRC has advised in its guidance on the gov.uk website that company directors should register for Self-Assessment and this has also been part of online tools designed to help individuals determine whether they need to submit a tax return. Read more…

Automatic Enrolment contributions to increase

Automatic Enrolment contributions to increase

The next increase in Automatic Enrolment (AE) pension contributions for both employees and employers will take place from 6 April 2019. The minimum employer contribution will increase from two per cent to three per cent, while the employee contribution will rise from three per cent to five per cent – taking the total minimum contribution from five per cent to eight per cent. The minimum Read more…