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Employers must comply with new payslip rules

Under the Government’s Good Work Plan, more than 300,000 workers have received a payslip for the first time under new rules that came into force in April. However, experts fear that many employers may be unaware of the recent changes and how it could affect them. The new rules require employers to include variable rates of pay and hours worked within their payroll reporting, which Read more…

Beware the Employer Compliance Check Questionnaire

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is understood to be sending out “Employer Compliance Check Questionnaires” without notifying agents, which could land businesses in trouble if the wrong information is provided. The questionnaires are understood to be a replacement or substitute for a PAYE audit, which would typically require a visit from HMRC to ensure that a business’s payroll is compliant and being managed correctly. The Read more…

Pass on up to £950,000 tax-free in 2019-20

As of 6 April, direct descendants can inherit up to £950,000 completely free of income tax from their parents or grandparents thanks to increases in the residence nil-rate band. This tax-free allowance on inherited property has risen from £125,000 to £150,000 this year and will rise again next year to £175,000. In order to qualify for this allowance, an individual must pass on their main Read more…

Businesses get to grips with new employment costs

Employers across the UK are starting April with a sudden increase in employment costs following a rise in workplace pension contributions and minimum wage costs. The sharp increase in expenditure on staff couldn’t come at a worse time for business who are experiencing growing uncertainty over the UK and wider global economy. Minimum contributions for workplace pensions have risen to eight per cent this month, Read more…

Invoice fraud cost UK firms £93 million last year

A recent survey conducted by UK Finance revealed that more than four in 10 UK businesses are unaware of the potential risks associated with invoice fraud. Last year these scams cost UK firms almost £93 million, with 3,280 invoice and bank scam cases reported – costing on average £28,000 per case. Fortunately, in 2018, £29.6 million of the money lost to this type of fraud Read more…

Tax-free HMRC scheme assists families with childcare costs

A Government scheme set up by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is advising parents to apply for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which provides contributions on savings used to cover childcare costs. Research has revealed that more than a million families are failing to make use of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme. The Tax-Free Childcare scheme is set to replace the already defunct Childcare Vouchers scheme. It Read more…

UK SMEs hit by £17.4 billion cybercrime bill in 2018

New research from internet service provider, Beaming, has revealed that in 2018 UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were affected by cybercrime to the tune of £17.4 billion. Business cybercrime is the flavour of the month for fraudsters, with hacking, phishing and data breaches affecting millions of UK companies and causing billions of pounds of damage each year. As part of Beaming’s annual cybersecurity report, Read more…

ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly wins important IR35 appeal

Lorraine Kelly has won an appeal against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) at a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) following a £1.2 million demand for unpaid income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs). HMRC claimed that Lorraine Kelly should have been working inside the rules of IR35 at ITV Breakfast Ltd during the relevant period. This would have meant she was effectively an employee of ITV Read more…

Are you registered for Making Tax Digital yet?

Launched on 1 April 2019, most VAT registered businesses are now required to comply with the new Making Tax Digital for VAT regime. However, many businesses may not be aware that they are required to register to use the new system and that this process can take up to seven working days to complete. If you pay VAT by direct debit you will need to Read more…

Spring Statement 2019

On any other day, the Chancellor’s Spring Statement would have dominated the headlines. However, with the UK’s scheduled withdrawal from the EU just days away, and the Prime Minister’s latest Brexit deal voted down by the Commons just hours earlier, this seemed more like a sideshow than the main event. The little speculation there was in the days beforehand focused more on whether Mr Hammond Read more…