National Insurance thresholds are changing – Are you ready?

From 6 July 2022, the Primary Threshold (PT) for National insurance will increase to £12,570. This is the threshold at which employees begin paying National Insurance contributions (NICs). This will bring the rate in line with the current rate of personal allowances for income tax and means those earning below this amount each year will pay no tax or NICs. It also means that a

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‘New deal’ for tenants to be delivered in Renters Reform Bill

The ‘biggest change to rent law in a generation’ will be delivered with the Renters Reform Bill (the Bill). The Government says it says it will improve the lives of millions of renters by driving up standards in the private and social rented sector, delivering on the Government’s mission to level up the country. Levelling Up and Housing Secretary Michael Gove said: “This is all

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Take action – Loans to small businesses drop to record low

Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that successful applications for finance among members have dropped to the lowest level on record. Conversely, figures from the Bank of England show the annual growth rate of lending to big corporates has increased significantly since the start of the year. It has led to the accusation that banks are “pulling up the drawbridge” on lending

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Managing costs to offset spiralling inflation – Our top tips for cutting your bills

A leading business organisation has highlighted the problems faced by industry after new figures show a steep rise in business costs. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), producer input price inflation stands at a record-high 18.6 per cent, and the consumer prices index at nine per cent and could go higher. It says the disparity between the two figures shows how businesses are having to

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Penalties for misuse of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

New legislation allows HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to recover Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grants that have been overclaimed. Those who fall foul of the legislation could face interest charges, financial penalties and even be named and shamed. If a business overclaimed a CJRS grant and has not repaid it, it needs to inform the tax authority within 90 days. The new legislation allows looking for

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Be prepared for changes to VAT penalties and VAT interest charges

Changes to charges and penalties applied to late submission of VAT returns will kick in from January next year. For the VAT period starting on or after 1 January 2023, new penalties will replace the default surcharge for returns submitted or paid late. Any VAT returns received late will also be subject to late submission penalty points and financial penalties. What happens if I submit

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How hard-pressed SMEs can obtain business support

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy, but with rapid inflation and other economic headwinds making trade difficult, they can struggle to access support. There is a wide range of important tax reliefs available to SMEs, which could provide some much-needed financial assistance. These include: Employment Allowance claims This scheme allows eligible businesses to reduce their National Insurance contributions (NICs) bills by claiming

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Expansion of the Trust Registration Service – What you need to know

From 1 September, changes to the rules regarding the Trust Registration Service (TRS) mean that more trusts will need to be registered with HM Revenue & Customs. The TRS was introduced five years ago to make the beneficial ownership of assets held in trust more transparent. While many trusts have had to sign up for the service already, the remit of the service is expanding

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Revenue updates guidance on tipping apps

When HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) current guidance on the tax treatment of tips and troncs was first published back in 2014, tips and troncs were paid almost exclusively in cash or through card transactions. Of course, in the eight years since, things have changed dramatically and payments are frequently made via app-based platforms, whether for delivery drivers or waiting staff. Now, HMRC has updated

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Our top tips for hiring your first employee

There has been a surge in new company formations in the last few years, as entrepreneurs develop new and exciting business ideas and bring them to market. On top of this, there are a growing number of workers with ‘side hustles’, who are quickly scaling up their operations to deal with demand from their customers and clients. While many businesses may initially rely solely on

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