HMRC urges taxpayers to be vigilant ahead of self-assessment deadline

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has urged taxpayers to be vigilant ahead of the self-assessment deadline on 31 January 2020, with a surge in fraudulent activity expected. HMRC has said that it has received 900,000 reports in the last 12 months relating to suspected fraud, with phone calls, text messages and emails being the most common form of scam. The volume of scams is expected Read more…

The end of the help-to-buy ISA – What’s next?

Since 2015, banks and building societies have been offering help-to-buy ISAs to first-time buyers. To qualify, you had to be 16 or over and be a first-time buyer. However, as of the end of last month, the scheme has been closed to new savers. Under the scheme savers could deposit a lump sum of up to £1,200 when they opened an account, following this, each Read more…

Late payments a huge drain on SMEs

Small firms are owed a staggering £23.4 billion in late payments, an issue that is continuing to cause greater problems for businesses each year. In the last year alone, the figure has increased by £10.4 billion. According to one study by Pay.UK, this is costing small businesses dear in both time and money, as 22 per cent of those waiting to be paid are spending Read more…

Around half of the UK’s SMEs admit to making errors on taxes

According to accounting software providers, QuickBooks, over 50 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners have made a mistake when filing their VAT returns, while just a quarter (25 per cent) feel confident that they have filed their VAT accurately. As the business owner, it is important to bear in mind the following tax obligations when filing your taxes: Tax Returns If you Read more…