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14 February 2018

The tax treatment of charities can be very complex. As a first step any charity hoping to benefit from any beneficial treatment needs to be recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes by HMRC as well as meeting other criteria.

A recognised charity may qualify for a number of tax exemptions and reliefs on income and gains, and on profits for some activities. For example, charities don’t...

14 February 2018

When your partner gives birth or when you adopt a child or have a baby by surrogate, you may be entitled to 1 or 2 weeks paternity leave and paternity pay. You are also entitled to take a small amount of unpaid time off work before the baby is born to accompany your partner (or the surrogate mother) to 2 antenatal (or adoption) appointments.

You can take up to two weeks of paternity...

14 February 2018

HMRC issues some helpful guidance that covers what you need to do if you stopped work. The guidance covers the main reasons that you might have stopped work such as being made redundant or leaving your job.

If you have been made redundant then you may have overpaid tax as a result of your redundancy payment. HMRC may in some cases refund you any overpaid tax before the end of the...

14 February 2018

One might expect that the answer to this question would be a definitive no. However, under certain circumstances a will can actually be changed after death. This is 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 any...

14 February 2018

A special employment history request can be submitted by taxpayers for those needing to make a claim for compensation. The form is usually used for claims relating to industrial injuries, road traffic accidents, medical negligence and hardship.

HMRC will only accept requests that are made using the Employment history team: claimant’s evidence of employers form. The form is...

14 February 2018

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was launched in April 2017 to the first tranche of working parents. The scheme was initially made available to working parents of children aged under 4 on 31 August 2017. On 15 January 2018, the scheme was extended to parents whose youngest child is under 9. The scheme was opened to all remaining eligible families with children under 12 on 14 February 2018...

12 February 2018

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force on 1 April 2018. The regulations will increase the various rates of the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW) as follows:

  • the NLW rate for workers aged 25 and over will rise from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour
  • the NMW standard rate for...
07 February 2018

HMRC has issued a press release detailing the number of online filings made for the 2016-17 self assessment returns. The use of the online service continues to grow year on year. In this year a total of over 9.9 million online filings were made by the 31 January 2018 deadline. A further 770,000 tax returns were submitted using paper returns. This means that 93.5% of returns (10.7 million...

07 February 2018

Many taxpayers supplement their income by selling services online. This is often known as the 'sharing economy' or the 'peer-to-peer economy' and usually involves taxpayers renting out something they are not using such as their house (using websites such as AirBNB), car, car parking space or other personal equipment.

It can also involve taxpayers finding customers using specialist...

07 February 2018

Rollover relief is a valuable relief that allows for a delay in the payment of capital gains tax (CGT) on gains when you sell or dispose of certain assets and use all or part of the proceeds to buy new assets. The relief means that the tax on the gain of the old asset is postponed. The amount of the gain is effectively rolled over into the cost of the new asset and any CGT liability is...

07 February 2018

HMRC has published a news release to explain how they are working to stop taxpayers receiving fraudulent text messages from reaching their phones. Scammers have been found to be using text message or SMS phishing scams to contact taxpayers.

These scams have been increasing as fraudulent text messages can appear more legitimate than fraudulent emails. Research has found that people are 9...

07 February 2018

If you move abroad it can be advantageous to continue paying UK National Insurance Contributions (NICs) in order to preserve your entitlement to the State Pension and other benefits. If you are working in the European Economic Area the rules depend on your situation. The EEA includes all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The same rules apply in Switzerland.

The...

07 February 2018

The Notification of Vehicle Arrivals (NOVA) is an online notification system for vehicles entering the country for permanent use on UK roads. There is a separate process for personal imports from outside the EU and for the temporary importations of a motor vehicle.

Under the system anyone who brings a vehicle into the UK is required to notify HMRC within 14 days and any VAT due will...

05 February 2018

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has launched a new campaign to encourage more retail employers to sign up to its trailblazing “Disability Confident” employer scheme, to increase the number of disabled people in the workforce. The government aims to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027.

Around 123,000 vacancies currently exist in the retail and...

05 February 2018

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has introduced new identity checking guidelines for standard and enhanced disclosure checks. The new guidelines have been running in parallel with the previous guidelines since October 2017. However, the previous guidelines have now ceased to apply, and employers must use the new version.

The change is being introduced so that the DBS’s identity...

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