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Autumn Budget 2017 – SDLT for first-time buyers
23/11/2017 - More...
As the Chancellor, Philip Hammond alluded to in his Budget speech there had been much speculation in the press that he would do something to alleviate the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) burden for first time buyers. However, he went a step further by introducing a temporary freeze in SDLT. SDLT for all first-time buyers making a purchase of

Autumn Budget 2017 - VAT registration and deregistration thresholds
23/11/2017 - More...
The taxable turnover threshold, that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT, will be frozen at £85,000 for 2 years from 1 April 2018. The taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses can apply for deregistration will also be frozen at the current rate of £83,000 for the same time period. Businesses

Autumn Budget 2017 – Income Tax Rates & Allowances
23/11/2017 - More...
The Chancellor has confirmed that from 2018-19 the personal allowance will increase to £11,850 (an increase from the current £11,500) and the basic rate limit to £34,500. As a result, the higher rate threshold will increase to £46,350 from April 2018. These increases are part of the government’s commitment to increase the basic personal

Autumn Budget 2017 - Minimum wage increases
23/11/2017 - More...
The Chancellor used his Budget speech to confirm that increased National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are due to come into effect on 1 April 2018, subject to Parliamentary approval. The NLW first came into effect on 1 April 2016 and is the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to those aged 25 or over. From 1

Autumn Budget 2017 - Alcohol and Tobacco Duty
23/11/2017 - More...
As part of the Budget measures the Chancellor announced that the duty rates on beers, ciders, spirits and wine will be frozen at the current rates. These measures will mean that a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less than if the rates had increased as expected and a pint of beer 12p less. As the Chancellor said in his speech ‘Merry

Autumn Budget 2017 – EIS and VCT scheme changes
23/11/2017 - More...
As part of the Budget measures, several changes were announced to both the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) scheme. These schemes are designed to help smaller higher-risk trading companies to raise finance by offering a range of tax reliefs to investors who purchase new shares in those companies. The

Autumn Budget 2017 – Research and Development (R&D)
23/11/2017 - More...
R&D tax credits were introduced for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in 2000 and for large companies in 2002. R&D credits are a Corporation Tax relief used to encourage innovation and enterprise within the UK economy. Large companies can currently claim an 11% Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) also

Autumn Budget 2017 - Air Passenger Duty
23/11/2017 - More...
Air passenger duty (APD) is a departure tax levied on most air travel. Each geographical band has two rates of air passenger duty, one for standard class and the second for 'other' higher classes of travel (usually premium economy / business / first class). Currently, band A (short-haul) ranges from £13 for a standard class journey and

Autumn Budget 2017
22/11/2017 - More...
Prospects for growth, especially for productivity have been downgraded, but the Chancellor was bullish in his forecasts for investment and the Government’s intention to sort out the slow pace of house building in the UK. A few non-tax comments of note were: Unemployment at its lowest rate since 1975. Chancellor is providing an extra

Employment tribunal fees refund scheme is now open
22/11/2017 - More...
Following the successful completion of the first phase of its refund scheme for employment tribunal fees, following the Supreme Court's judgment in July 2017 in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor 2017 that the fees regime was unlawful, the government has now fully opened the scheme to anyone who thinks that they may be

Uber loses appeal on worker status but Deliveroo riders held not to be workers
21/11/2017 - More...
Back in October 2016, in Aslam and others v Uber BV and others 2016, an employment tribunal was held that Uber drivers were “workers” for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998. This potentially gave them an entitlement to various basic employment rights,

How to appeal against a tax decision
15/11/2017 - More...
It is not unusual for taxpayers to find themselves in a position where they disagree with a tax decision made by HMRC. There are a number of different options open to taxpayers seeking to use the review and appeals process. Note, there is a separate procedure to be followed by taxpayers to make a complaint about HMRC for issues such as

Claiming an “unclaimed” estate
15/11/2017 - More...
There are special rules that govern how assets are divided if a person dies without making a will. If this happens your assets are passed on to family members in accordance with a set legal formula. This can result in a distribution of assets that would not be in keeping with your final wishes, and can be especially problematic for

How to import goods for the first time
15/11/2017 - More...
Businesses that are starting to import goods for the first time need to be aware of a myriad of special rules that apply. Whilst most smaller businesses importing goods will use a courier or freight forwarder, it is still important to be aware of the duties and VAT implications. Businesses importing goods must be able to distinguish

Disguised remuneration settlement opportunity
15/11/2017 - More...
A new measure to tackle disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes was announced as part of the Autumn Statement 2016. The new measure will introduce a loan charge on disguised remuneration avoidance schemes that remain unpaid on 5 April 2019. These types of schemes (including contractor loans) are used by employers and individuals and

How much statutory redundancy pay should you receive?
15/11/2017 - More...
If you have been in the same job for two years or more and are made redundant you will usually be entitled to a redundancy payment. The legal minimum that you are entitled to receive is known as ‘statutory redundancy pay’. There are exceptions where you are not entitled to statutory redundancy pay, such as if your employer offers to keep

Changing a will after death
15/11/2017 - More...
This may come as a surprising fact to many of our readers, but a will can be changed after death. This can be done by using what is known as a Deed of Variation. Any changes to the will must be done within two years from the date of death. However, beneficiaries who would be left worse off by the change must give their agreement before

Are you caught by the High Income Child Benefit tax charge?
15/11/2017 - More...
The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) applies to taxpayers whose income exceeds £50,000 in a tax year and who are in receipt of child benefit. The charge either reduces or removes the financial benefit of receiving child benefit. Where both partners have an income that exceeds £50,000, HICBC is payable by the partner with the

OTS publishes new report on the VAT system
08/11/2017 - More...
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system, with the objective of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers and will draw together expertise from across the tax and legal professions, the business community and other interested parties. It was

Delay in withdrawal of self-employed NIC contributions
08/11/2017 - More...
In a surprising move, the Government has announced that the planned abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) is to be delayed for a year. The withdrawal of Class 2 NICs was due to take place from April 2018 but will now take place one year later from April 2019. The enabling legislation for this change, NICs Bill

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