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Workers unaware of pension contribution increases

  • Posted On: 31 October 2017
Workers unaware of pension contribution increases The current total minimum contribution to a defined contribution workplace pension scheme under the automatic enrolment provisions is 2% of qualifying earnings, with a minimum of 1% coming from the employer. The remaining 1% would then ordinarily

Gazumping may become a thing of the past

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
Gazumping may become a thing of the past The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans to make the process for buying a home 'cheaper, faster and less stressful'. This includes looking at new measures to tackle gazumping where a seller accepts a higher offer from a new buyer

Fine wine investment scam

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
Fine wine investment scam A recent investigation by the Insolvency Service has seen two directors of a company selling fine wines disqualified for a total of 20 years. Crimson Fine Wines Limited cold-called customers and offered them the opportunity to take part in fine wine

Buying an electric or low emission car

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
Buying an electric or low emission car Businesses can claim a 100% first-year allowance (FYA) on the purchase of certain qualifying Plant and Machinery (P&M). In certain circumstances they can also claim FYA’s on the purchase of low CO2 and electric vehicles. The generous Annual

What are integral features?

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
What are integral features? The term capital allowances is used to describe the allowances available to businesses to secure tax relief for certain capital expenditure. The rules that govern the purchase of capital equipment such as computer equipment, vehicles and machinery by

Could you claim a £662 tax refund?

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
Could you claim a £662 tax refund? The marriage allowance (MA) allows couples, where one partner does not fully utilise their personal tax allowance, to share a limited amount of the unutilised portion with their spouse. The MA is only available to married couples and those in a civil

Options to set off property rental losses

  • Posted On: 25 October 2017
Options to set off property rental losses There are different categories of property rental business such as UK property businesses, overseas property businesses, UK furnished holiday businesses and EEA furnished holiday lettings businesses. As a general rule, landlords renting out more

Employment tribunal fees refund scheme launched

  • Posted On: 24 October 2017
Employment tribunal fees refund scheme launched The government has launched the first phase of its refund scheme for employment tribunal fees, following the Supreme Court's judgment in July 2017 in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor 2017 that the fees regime was unlawful. The first

Tax Diary November/December 2017

  • Posted On: 23 October 2017
1 November 2017 - Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 31 January 2017. 19 November 2017 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2017. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2017.) 19

Bereavement leave for parents who lose a child

  • Posted On: 19 October 2017
Bereavement leave for parents who lose a child The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill has been published by the government. Although the Bill is a Private Members’ Bill, it has the full support of the government and therefore the Bill and its explanatory notes have been prepared by the