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Confirmed increase in auto enrolment pension contributions

The Pensions Regulator has been notifying business owners that under the Pensions Act 2008 the minimum amounts you and your staff pay into your automatic enrolment pension scheme will soon increase. This applies to all staff who have been automatically enrolled onto a pension scheme and minimum contributions must be increased from 6 April 2018 […]

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Tax Enquiry Fee Protection Insurance

Expert Legal Advice available for all our Clients As part of our service packages, our clients get comprehensive cover of up to £100,000 on professional fees to challenge any enquiry made by HMRC into their tax affairs, which should help to minimise any additional tax that might be payable.  Please note the service does not insure you against any additional […]

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Contractors Temporary Workplace Rules

Contractors travelling to and from a client’s site must comply with HMRC’s temporary workplace rules if they wish to claim travel and subsistence expenses against their taxable profits. In general if travel is allowable then subsistence is too. “A workplace is a temporary workplace if an employee goes there only to perform a task of […]

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Guidelines for Intermediaries Reporting

If you don’t operate PAYE, you may have to send reports to HMRC for workers Working trends have changed in recent years and UK businesses are increasingly using intermediaries to get skilled staff at short notice for temporary engagements, resulting in HMRC introducing new reporting legislation and Guidelines for Intermediaries Reporting. Intermediaries might need to provide HMRC with […]

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Shared Parental Leave

Shared parenting is now an option – Parents of babies due to be born or placed for adoption on or after 5th April this year now potentially have, if they are eligible, a new right to Shared Parental Leave which aims to give parents much more flexibility to decide how to split the 52 weeks […]

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School’s out, but generosity is in

To educate your child privately between the ages of five and 18 will cost you nearly £200,000 according to recent research.  If parents are left to face this bill alone, it’s hardly surprising that over a third have apparently considered taking their children out of private education merely because of the cost. As a grandparent, […]

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Fee protection insurance

Under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales guidelines, I am required to offer my clients fee protection insurance. This is insurance that covers any professional fees (whether mine or a more specialised professional) incurred should HM Revenue & Customs enquire into your business/personal tax return. It allows you to contest any enquiry […]

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