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02 January 2019

Following the recent publication of its “Good Work Plan”, the government has now laid before Parliament three statutory instruments to implement certain aspects of that Plan.

The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 and the draft Employment Rights (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 will both come into force for the most...

02 January 2019

The government’s recently published “Good Work Plan” included a commitment to establish a naming and shaming scheme for those employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards. Immediately following publication of the Good Work Plan, the government
introduced the scheme and published guidance on how it operates. The names of employers, together with the amount of the employment...

02 January 2019

New legislation comes into force from 6 April 2019 which requires all employers to provide an itemised payslip to all workers, i.e. not just to employees, and to show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked.

The government has now published guidance to help employers with the new rules on showing the hours on payslips, which includes several useful example...

19 December 2018

Any taxpayers that have ceased to be self-employed must advise HMRC of their change in status. There are a number of steps that must be followed if a taxpayer stops trading as a sole trader or if they are ending or leaving a business partnership. This is
required so that HMRC can help to get the taxpayer's affairs in order.

Taxpayers must send in a Self Assessment return by the...

19 December 2018

A 'Check your State Pension age' tool is available at
www.gov.uk/state-pension-age/y
. The tool allows taxpayers to check the earliest age they can start receiving the State Pension. The State Pension age is based on a taxpayer’s gender and date of birth and is subject to change as the State Pension age increases.
The tool can...

19 December 2018

As well as filing accounts with Companies House, there is a requirement to check that the information Companies House stores about your company is correct every year. This is facilitated by the filing of an annual company confirmation statement. The confirmation
statement was introduced in June 2016 and replaced the more cumbersome annual return.

A confirmation statement must...

19 December 2018

The government has announced more than £2 billion in additional funding across 25 government departments to help with Brexit planning. This brings the total amount provided by the government for EU exit preparations since 2016 to £4.2 billion.

The government has apparently been left with no choice but to step up no-deal Brexit contingency plans. There are now less than 100 days to go...

19 December 2018

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) was permanently set at £200,000 for all qualifying expenditure on or after 1 January 2016. However, in the Budget earlier this year, the Chancellor announced a temporary increase in the allowance to £1 million for a
2-year period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020.

The AIA allows for 100% first year tax relief for qualifying expenditure...

19 December 2018

Employees that are pregnant are eligible to take up to 26 weeks of statutory maternity leave (known as ordinary maternity leave) plus an additional 26 weeks (known as additional maternity leave). This means that an employee can take up to a full year off
once they give their employers the correct notice. All women employees are entitled to both classes of maternity leave from day one of...

19 December 2018

There is no requirement to report certain routine expenses to HMRC. The types of expenses and benefits covered are referred to as exemptions and have replaced dispensations which no longer apply.

The business expenses and benefits that do not need to be reported (since April 2016) include: reimbursed costs to employees covering business travel, phone bills, business entertainment...

19 December 2018

HMRC has published what appears to be the final online quarterly edition of VAT notes which includes a summary of recent changes to the VAT rules. HRMC has confirmed that from January 2019 'VAT Notes' will no longer be published online as VAT updates are
published in real time on GOV.UK. The small number of businesses that are exempt from online filing will continue to receive a printed...

18 December 2018

Following the publication of its technical notice in September 2018 on “Data protection if there’s no Brexit deal”, the government has now published an online summary covering what amendments would be required to UK data protection law in the event of a
no deal Brexit.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) will retain the GDPR in UK law, but the government will make...

18 December 2018

1 January 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 March 2018.

19 January 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 January 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 January 2019)

19 January 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 January 2019.

19 January 2019 - CIS tax deducted for the...

12 December 2018

A new Revenue and Customs Brief (6-2018) entitled VAT exemption for all domestic service charges has recently been published by HMRC. The brief explains changes to the Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) 3.18 VAT: exemption for all domestic service charges
may be applied. The ESC was introduced in February 1994 to enable the same VAT treatment on mandatory service charges to a freehold...

12 December 2018

The introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is fast approaching.

From April 2019, some 1 million businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes only), and provide their VAT return information to HMRC through MTD compatible software. The
deadlines for sending VAT returns and making...

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