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Direct Sellers Have One Week to Settle Tax Bills

February 22nd, 2013

Individuals who sell directly to customers and take commission on sales have just one week left to come forward to HMRC and pay any tax they have outstanding. Direct selling consists of selling directly to customers without the need of a shop and taking commission on sales. It can include demonstrating a product in a […]

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Is Your Tax Return Over 12 Months Late?

February 1st, 2013

If you are yet to complete a self assessment return that was due for submission to HMRC by 31st January 2012, you will now face additional penalties from HMRC. The penalties are effective from 1st February 2013 and are relevant to individuals who are yet to complete a 2010/2011 self assessment tax return and make […]

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HMRC VAT Returns Campaign

January 16th, 2013

HMRC will target businesses with outstanding VAT returns as part of their latest campaign. The campaign is aimed at business that have one or more VAT return outstanding and as many as 50,000 businesses are expected to be chased by HMRC. These businesses will be given the opportunity to complete any outstanding VAT returns by […]

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HMRC Mobile Tax Calculator App

January 11th, 2013

Did you know that HMRC has released a mobile tax calculator app? Introduced in May 2012, the app allows individuals to work out the amount of tax they pay and how the Government spends it. The app was set up as part of a Government initiative to make the tax system more transparent and to […]

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Caravan VAT Rules are Changing

January 4th, 2013

DEBBIE THORN advises caravan manufacturers, distributors and caravan park owners on forthcoming new VAT rules… This year, the VAT rules on static holiday caravans are changing. From 6 April, the zero-rating of VAT is being withdrawn and will be replaced with a 5% reduced rate. This new legislation applies to static holiday caravans only and […]

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Child Benefit Changes

December 19th, 2012

Paul Brides discusses changes to Child Benefit rules, due to come in to effect on 7th January 2013. Child Benefit is currently a tax free payment made available to married couples, civil partnerships and single partnerships as well as certain other eligible adults, regardless of the amount of their annual income. Parents can claim for […]

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Autumn Statement 2012

December 6th, 2012

Group Tax Director GILL MOLLOY comments on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement… Despite a speech that lasted no more than 50 minutes, the actual Autumn Statement detail is expected to be quite lengthy. There may be a number of amendments or proposals, the impacts of which will not be fully appreciated for a few weeks to […]

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National Minimum Wage Increase

September 26th, 2012

In March this year the government published regulations to increase the hourly rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) which comes into effect from Monday 1st October. This will bring the NMW for adults aged over 21 to £6.19 and the rate for apprentices under the age of 19 or in the first year of […]

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Family Fortunes – A Family Business Charter

July 24th, 2012

Family owned businesses play a pivotal role in the UK economy, it is estimated that in excess of 75% of today’s businesses are family owned and managed. The highs and lows of operating a family firm are well documented. On the one hand the extra sense of purpose, strength of commitment and loyalty between family […]

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Real Time Information: The New Reporting System

July 19th, 2012

Employers are warned about a new reporting system for PAYE, which could prove to be a burden for the unprepared. PAULETTE THOMAS explains the reasons for the new system and advises how you can get ready for the change. Real Time Information (RTI) is a new compulsory reporting system which changes when employers must submit […]

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