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Autumn Budget 2017 - Minimum wage increases

  • Posted On: 23 November 2017
Autumn Budget 2017 - Minimum wage increases The Chancellor used his Budget speech to confirm that increased National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are due to come into effect on 1 April 2018, subject to Parliamentary approval. The NLW first came into effect on 1

Autumn Budget 2017 - Alcohol and Tobacco Duty

  • Posted On: 23 November 2017
Autumn Budget 2017 - Alcohol and Tobacco Duty As part of the Budget measures the Chancellor announced that the duty rates on beers, ciders, spirits and wine will be frozen at the current rates. These measures will mean that a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less than if the rates had increased as

Autumn Budget 2017 – EIS and VCT scheme changes

  • Posted On: 23 November 2017
Autumn Budget 2017 – EIS and VCT scheme changes As part of the Budget measures, several changes were announced to both the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) scheme. These schemes are designed to help smaller higher-risk trading companies to raise finance by

Autumn Budget 2017 – Research and Development (R&D)

  • Posted On: 23 November 2017
Autumn Budget 2017 – Research and Development (R&D) R&D tax credits were introduced for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in 2000 and for large companies in 2002. R&D credits are a Corporation Tax relief used to encourage innovation and enterprise within the UK economy. Large

Autumn Budget 2017 - Air Passenger Duty

  • Posted On: 23 November 2017
Autumn Budget 2017 - Air Passenger Duty Air passenger duty (APD) is a departure tax levied on most air travel. Each geographical band has two rates of air passenger duty, one for standard class and the second for 'other' higher classes of travel (usually premium economy / business / first

Employment tribunal fees refund scheme is now open

  • Posted On: 22 November 2017
Employment tribunal fees refund scheme is now open Following the successful completion of 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

Uber loses appeal on worker status but Deliveroo riders held not to be workers

  • Posted On: 21 November 2017
Uber loses appeal on worker status but Deliveroo riders held not to be workers Back in October 2016, in Aslam and others v Uber BV and others 2016, an employment tribunal was held that Uber drivers were “workers” for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the National Minimum Wage

How to appeal against a tax decision

  • Posted On: 15 November 2017
How to appeal against a tax decision It is not unusual for taxpayers to find themselves in a position where they disagree with a tax decision made by HMRC. There are a number of different options open to taxpayers seeking to use the review and appeals process. Note, there is a separate

Claiming an “unclaimed” estate

  • Posted On: 15 November 2017
Claiming an “unclaimed” estate There are special rules that govern how assets are divided if a person dies without making a will. If this happens your assets are passed on to family members in accordance with a set legal formula. This can result in a distribution of assets that

How to import goods for the first time

  • Posted On: 15 November 2017
How to import goods for the first time Businesses that are starting to import goods for the first time need to be aware of a myriad of special rules that apply. Whilst most smaller businesses importing goods will use a courier or freight forwarder, it is still important to be aware of the