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Increases to statutory payments confirmed

  • Posted On: 31 January 2017
Increases to statutory payments confirmed The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017 has been published in draft form and laid before Parliament and it confirms that: The standard weekly rates of statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay

Claiming the employment allowance

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
Claiming the employment allowance In April 2016, the eligibility to claim the employment allowance was removed from limited companies with a single director and no other employees. This measure was put in place to ensure that companies with a single director and no employees do not

Tax credits for grandparents

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
Tax credits for grandparents The specified adult childcare credits were introduced with effect from the 2011-12 tax year. The credits allow for grandparents or other family members who care for a child aged under 12 whilst their parent (or main carer) is working to receive a

Bereavement support

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
Bereavement support The Department for Work and Pensions have confirmed that a new modernised Bereavement Support Payment will be introduced for those bereaved from 6 April 2017. The new Bereavement Support Payment will replace the outdated and complex 3-tier system of

The Help to Save scheme

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
The Help to Save scheme The new Help to Save scheme for people on low income is expected to launch in April 2018. The scheme will allow anyone in work and in receipt of Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits to save up to £50 a month for two years and receive a 50%

Taking on a new employee

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
Taking on a new employee Employers that take on a new employee need to work out which tax code and starter declaration to use in their payroll software. Incorrect tax codes can lead to the new employee paying more tax than is due. The necessary information can be collected

National Insurance numbers

  • Posted On: 26 January 2017
National Insurance numbers Taxpayers who have lost or forgotten their National insurance number should first try and locate the number on paperwork such as their tax return, payslip or P60. If the National Insurance number still cannot be located a request can be submitted

UK taxpayers with income or assets abroad

  • Posted On: 19 January 2017
UK taxpayers with income or assets abroad The Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) was launched on 5 September 2016. Anyone who wants to disclose a UK tax liability that relates wholly or partly to an offshore issue can use the WDF. An offshore issue includes unpaid or omitted tax relating

Lifetime ISA launch date confirmed

  • Posted On: 19 January 2017
Lifetime ISA launch date confirmed The new Lifetime ISA will be launched from April 2017. The Lifetime ISA is designed to help those aged between 18 and 40 to save for a new home or for their retirement. The launch of the scheme was confirmed when the Savings Bill was enacted on 16

HMRC severe weather helpline

  • Posted On: 19 January 2017
HMRC severe weather helpline HMRC has a dedicated helpline number to help businesses and individuals adversely affected by severe weather or floods. The dedicated helpline is available to provide comprehensive advice and should deal sympathetically with problems faced by