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Tax Rates 2016/2017

This link contain the proposed tax rates and allowances for 2018/19. Please be aware that these rates are not yet final.

Proposed Tax Rates 2018

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Proposals to extend pensions auto enrolment to younger workers

The government has announced proposals to extend pensions auto enrolment to include younger workers and to amend the way in which contributions are calculated. According to the press release: ‘The review’s recommendations, which will now be progressed and legislated for where necessary, will see: automatic enrolment duties continuing to apply to all employers, regardless of […]

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HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages

HMRC have announced that they have stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages ‘with 90 percent of the most convincing texts now halted before they reach their phones’. HMRC’s press release states: ‘Fraudsters alleging to be from HMRC send text messages to unsuspecting members of the public. In these messages they will make false […]

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Tax-free childcare roll out

The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages. The scheme first made its debut in April 2017 and although there have been initial systems problems, HMRC’s aim is to have the scheme open to all eligible […]

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HMRC rejected Self Assessment expenses and excuses

HMRC have released the latest list of imaginative excuses made by individuals who failed to submit their self assessment return by 31 January deadline in 2017. Excuses include alien sightings and being too busy touring with a one-man play. HMRC’s annual list of outlandish excuses is used to publicise the self assessment deadline of 31 […]

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What will the Spring Statement bring?

We had two Budgets in 2017 and the Spring Statement is planned for Tuesday 13 March. The Chancellor Philip Hammond has previously stated that at the Spring Statement he will respond to the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast, consider longer-term tax challenges and start consultations on how they can be addressed. The government has the […]

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Companies House Free Data

The government has announced that Companies House is to make all of its digital data available free of charge, with the change coming into effect from the second quarter of 2015. As you are no doubt aware, current charges of up to £1 per search to view various documents such as annual accounts and returns […]

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The Adjudicator’s Report

The annual report for 2015/16 makes interesting reading in relation to HMRC.  In 2015-16, the Adjudicator completed 914 investigations into complaints about HMRC and substantially or partly upheld 666 (72%) of those in favour of the complainant. By contrast, in 2014-15, 1,543 investigations were substantially or partly upheld as against 1,808 completed, showing a rate […]

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