HMRC finally launches MTD communications plan and simplified guidance

HMRC finally launches MTD communications plan and simplified guidance

With only six months left until the launch of Making Tax Digital for VAT, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has finally begun sharing information with businesses about the new regime. While accountants and professional advisers across the UK have been making clients aware of the new digital system for more than two years, the nation’s official tax authority has remained fairly quiet on what has Read more…

Micro businesses bear the brunt of late payments

Micro businesses bear the brunt of late payments

Recent research has shown that micro businesses are bearing the brunt of late payments, with just 52 per cent of the invoices they issue being paid on time. However, the research found significant regional variation, with 68 per cent of micro businesses in Peterborough encountering the scourge of late payments. The research was based on data from 50,000 users of a prominent cloud accounting software Read more…

HMRC investigates estate valuations as part of IHT campaign

HMRC investigates estate valuations as part of IHT campaign

The number of investigations conducted against estates thought to be avoiding Inheritance Tax (IHT) has increased, according to new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The tax authority has revealed that 5,400 estates were investigated during the 2017/18 tax year – a five per cent increase on the previous year’s figure (5,100 estates). This means that nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of all Read more…

Just eight per cent of business loan applications successful with one high street bank

Just eight per cent of business loan applications successful with one high street bank

On average, less than one in 10 SME loan applications to one nameless high street bank are successful. The figures were released by SME funding platform, Code Investing, whose CEO, Ayan Mitra, said: “Due to regulation, due to banks having huge cost structures, due to SMEs not having standardised data, there’s quite a big funding gap.” He added that he expected this low level of Read more…

Employment claims from contractors brought within IR35 expected after HMRC settlement

Employment claims from contractors brought within IR35 expected after HMRC settlement

A freelance marketing and business development consultant has reached a settlement with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after arguing that she should be entitled to holiday pay as she was considered to be a worker for tax purposes. Susan Winchester had claimed £4,200 in holiday pay against HMRC after she was deemed to fall within the IR35 rules, which apply to freelancers working as if Read more…

Budget date 2018 announced, with half the usual notice

Budget date 2018 announced, with half the usual notice

The Chancellor has announced that the 2018 Budget will take place on Monday 29 October 2018, having given just half the usual 10 weeks’ notice of the date. The Autumn Budget, which took place for the first time last year, having been moved from the traditional spring date, was initially trailed to take place annually in November or December, as was the case for the Read more…

Employee not working their notice period – what can I do?

Employee not working their notice period – what can I do?

I have been asked on a number of occasions what an employer can do if their employee does not work out their full notice period. Whilst it can place a small business in a tricky rather than insisting that the employee has to work their notice period this can turn out to be counterproductive, with the employee either phoning in sick or being unproductive whilst Read more…

Regulator tells banks to stop victim-blaming

Regulator tells banks to stop victim-blaming

The increasing sophistication of bank scams means that customers who lose money to such schemes should not automatically be blamed, the Financial Ombudsman Service has said. Caroline Wayman, Chief Ombudsman and Chief Executive of the Financial Ombudsman Service, said: “It’s not fair to automatically call a customer grossly negligent simply because they’ve fallen for a scam. “That’s especially true in light of the sophisticated way Read more…