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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Working from home tax relief continues, but fewer employees likely to be eligible this year

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has retained its online portal for claiming working from home tax relief for the 2022/23 tax year. But, while the rules and value of the relief remain unchanged, unless there are any further lockdowns this year far fewer people are likely to be able to claim. That is because only people instructed by their employers to work from home some

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Could Government-backed business loans become permanent?

Throughout the pandemic and into the current recovery period, the Government has offered a number of loans to help businesses survive and invest for their future. However, only the Recovery Loan Scheme remains open, and this is due to end on 30 June, with no replacement taking its place. Despite the popularity and value of these loan schemes, there are concerns that, without them, small

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Make sure you are making the correct PAYE payments to HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is issuing fresh warnings to employers to ensure their payment reference numbers are correct so that payments are recognised. Each payment reference number relates to a specific employer and covers a particular accounting period. HMRC uses these reference numbers to allocate payments and to help process taxes related to PAYE payments as quickly as possible. The tax authority has said

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R&D Tax Credits – What is changing next year

Several important changes are happening to research and development (R&D) tax reliefs in April 2023, which could affect what income qualifies for R&D tax relief that businesses need to account for in their plans. These new measures are still being considered by Parliament, but details of the upcoming amendments to the R&D tax relief system have now been published. Overseas outsourced R&D Under the new

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Looking to start a new business? You aren’t alone

The majority of adults will have flirted with the idea of starting a business and becoming the next Branson or Musk. That idea would have been firmly buried for many during the pandemic, but new figures show that nearly 13 per cent of UK adults are running fledgling businesses, according to research, the highest percentage since the late 1990s. They are in the first three

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Getting to grips with the new National Insurance and Dividend Tax Rates

National Insurance and Dividend Tax rates have increased by 1.25 percentage points as of 6 April, as part of the new Health and Social Care levy. These changes have brought additional complications to the payments of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and dividends that businesses are just getting to grips with. How have NICs changed as a result of the increase? The 1.25 percentage point increase

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