A helping hand with the cost of children’s summer activities

Parents faced with the financial headache of childcare over the long school summer holidays are reminded they can get support from the Government. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for their childcare costs over the summer. Tax-Free Childcare – a childcare top-up for working parents – has been available for some time. It

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Director’s ban a warning to others to keep proper company records

A payroll services boss has been banned for orchestrating a multi-million-pound tax avoidance scheme. The case puts a spotlight on company owners and should serve as a reminder that they are subject to strict conditions over keeping records. The High Court issued a disqualification order lasting 11 years to the sole director of Magnetic Push Ltd. The company was purportedly operating as a payroll services

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Points-based system for HMRC late payment penalties

Penalties for late submission and late tax payments will be determined by a new points system to make them fairer and more consistent, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced. Under the new system, penalties will be points-based rather than automatic. This means that those who consistently miss deadlines will accrue more points – and pay a larger fine than the penalty currently in force.

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Making Tax Digital for Income Tax – Get ready now!

The next big step in the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative is rapidly approaching. From 6 April 2023, MTD is expanding to include businesses and landlords with a combined total gross income over £10,000 per annum, from the following sources: self-employment partnerships UK property overseas property. The changes mean affected taxpayers will have to keep digital business records of all their business income and expenses,

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Time to prepare for Corporation Tax changes

From April 2023, the Corporation Tax rate will rise for companies with profits of more than £50,000, following the Chancellor’s announcement at his Spring 2021 Budget. However, the new higher rate of Corporation Tax will not be the same for all companies and will instead be tied to their profits. Companies generating profits of £250,000 or more will see their Corporation Tax rates rise from

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Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Both the Bank of England and the UK’s leading business members’ organisation believe the economy is set to take off after the vaccine bump. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is expected to rise sharply in the second quarter as lockdown eases. Bank economists say this is a result of the vaccine rollout and the fastest predicted economic growth for decades. Adding to its report, the Bank

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Tax saving strategies for landlords

Putting together an efficient tax strategy should be a no-brainer for buy-to-let landlords seeking to maximise their income. It may not be quite as glamorous as hunting down the perfect property, but when it comes to saving cash, it can make a huge difference to your bottom line. There are several ways you can reduce your tax bill, so you could: Set up a limited

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New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

The second part of a sweeping review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) has been published with 14 key recommendations. In July 2020, the Chancellor asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well as areas where the present rules can distort behaviour or do not meet their policy intent”. Given the

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