The 1972 Brussels Act has been repealed

August 20th, 2019

If you doubted the resolve of our government regarding the implementation of the 2016 referendum the following announcement may clarify matters. The Government has signed into law legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972. The 1972 Act is the vehicle that sees regulations flow into […]

Driving and staying in the EU after 31 October 2019

August 16th, 2019

If, as our new government intends, we leave the EU after 31 October 2019, with or without a deal, what changes will drivers and travellers from the UK be likely to face when they cross the channel after this date? Bus and coach drivers According to the latest updates on the Gov.uk website bus and […]

Enhanced redundancy cover for parents

August 6th, 2019

The present legal protections against redundancy is to be extended by six months for new mothers returning to work. Parents returning from adoption and shared parental leave will also be protected. The move comes in response to a government consultation which found that new parents continue to face unfair discrimination. Research estimates that up to […]

Internet giants face tax-hike

August 2nd, 2019

It has been confirmed that from April 2020, the government will introduce a new 2% Digital Services Tax (DST) on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which derive value from UK users. This is an attempt to tax, in the UK, revenues earned by these social media platforms from customers […]

Changes to private residence relief

August 2nd, 2019

If you rent out all or part of your home this may create a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) charge when you sell the property. Presently, HMRC excludes the last 18 months of your ownership – even if the property is let for this time – when assessing any CGT liability. In a draft of the […]

Low paid workers to qualify for sick-pay

August 2nd, 2019

The government has started a consultation to transform support for sick and disabled staff and remove barriers for employees. The Department for Work and Pensions has recently set out new measures to transform how employers support and retain disabled staff and those with a health condition. Under the new measures the lowest paid employees would […]

New homes to have car charge-points

August 2nd, 2019

In a bid to accommodate yet more electric vehicles on our roads, the government has launched a consultation aimed at increasing the number of homes with electric car charge-points. In a recent press release they said: “All new-build homes could soon be fitted with an electric car charge-point, the government has outlined today (15 July […]

Tax Diary August/September 2019

August 2nd, 2019

1 August 2019 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2018. 19 August 2019 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2019) 19 August 2019 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]

A new business, have you considered your options?

July 30th, 2019

If you are setting up a new business one of the options, you will need to consider is your business structure. There are two basic choices: Be self-employed, or Incorporate your business, be a limited company. There is a world of difference between the two options. Self-employed Self-employed suggests that you work on your own, […]

Why invest in tax planning?

July 24th, 2019

The way we organise our business and personal financial affairs determines the amount of taxes we pay. Most of us are focussed on outcomes, outcomes that on the face of it increase our profits or income without due regard for the effect these transactions have on our tax position. A classic example is the rule […]

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