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Government U-turn on 45p tax rate

05/10/2022

The Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng has announced plans to scrap the proposed removal of the 45p tax rate from April 2023. The proposed removal of the 45p Rate was first announced as part of the Growth Plan measures on 23 September 2022. However, the change sparked a backlash that has sent shockwaves through the financial markets and even saw

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IR35 reforms

29/09/2022

One of the measures the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng referred to in the delivery of the Growth Plan 2022 (commonly referred to as the mini-Budget) concerned moves to simplify IR35 rules. This measure was one of the pre-election promises of the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. In the end it seems that the Chancellor went

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Changing a will after death

29/09/2022

In certain circumstances, a will can be changed after death. This can be done by using what is known as a Deed of Variation. Any changes to the will must be done within two years from the date of death. However, beneficiaries who would be left worse off by the change must give their agreement before any changes can be made. This is most

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Minimum wage for different types of work

29/09/2022

Employers must ensure they are paying staff at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW). The NMW and the NLW are the minimum legal amounts that employers must pay their workers. HMRC’s guidance states that there are different ways of checking that workers get the minimum wage depending on whether they

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Tax relief for job expenses

29/09/2022

Employees who are working from home may be able to claim tax relief for bills they pay that are related to their work. Employers may reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred through regularly working at home. The relief covers expenses such as business telephone calls or heating and lighting costs for the room

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Joining the MTD ITSA pilot

29/09/2022

Many businesses and agents are already keeping digital records and providing updates to HMRC as part of a live pilot to test and develop the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA). Under the pilot, qualifying landlords and sole traders (or their agents) can use software to keep digital records and send Income Tax

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Capital Allowance Pools

29/09/2022

A Writing Down Allowance (WDA) is available for plant and machinery expenditure that exceeds the Annual investment allowance (AIA) and / or does not qualify for a First-Year Allowance as well as for residual balances of expenditure that has been carried forward from the previous accounting period. The WDA is based on the cost of the items

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Private residence relief

29/09/2022

In general, there is no CGT payable on a property disposal which has been used as the main family residence. An investment property which has never been used as a private residence will not qualify. This relief from CGT is commonly known as private residence relief. Taxpayers are usually entitled to full relief from CGT where all the

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The Growth Plan 2022

23/09/2022

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, delivered a fiscal statement referred to as The Growth Plan 2022 on 23 September 2022. The statement to a packed House of Commons centred on the government’s plans for generating growth. Colloquially referred to as a mini-budget, it would perhaps be more fitting to refer to the

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Energy Bill Relief Scheme launched

22/09/2022

The Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced the launch of the new Energy Bill Relief Scheme to help cut energy bills in the non-domestic sector. The new scheme will cover all non-domestic energy customers, including UK businesses, the voluntary sector, for example charities and the public sector such as schools and

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New Chancellor’s approach to economic priorities

22/09/2022

The new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, recently met in London with various market and city leaders to set out the Prime Minister’s new, pro-growth economic approach. The new approach focuses on providing immediate support for families and businesses to cope with soaring inflation and rising fuel costs whilst at the same time supporting the

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Land Registry Property Alerts

22/09/2022

HM Land Registry's property alert service is a free service to help protect property owners from fraud. The counter-fraud security measure was introduced by the Land Registry to monitor registered properties where there is a concern that it might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage. The alert service can be used to monitor up to

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The Customs Declaration Service

22/09/2022

Businesses importing goods must submit import declarations from 1 October 2022 using the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). The CDS is a customs IT platform designed to modernise the process for completing customs declarations for businesses that import or export goods from and to the UK. A phased launch of the service started in August

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Companies House new WebFiling account

22/09/2022

Companies House has introduced a new WebFiling account. The new account represents a first step in creating a single sign-in across all Companies House services and a continued push to becoming a fully digital organisation. The new WebFiling account also includes new benefits and options for users that include the

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Creditor bankruptcy and liquidation cost changes

22/09/2022

The Insolvency Service is a government agency that provides services to those affected by financial distress or failure. The Insolvency Service operates as an executive agency of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Insolvency Service has announced changes to the deposits paid to initiate creditor

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Transfer of business as a going concern

22/09/2022

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules concern the VAT liability on the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. Where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions the sale will be

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Tax Diary October/November 2022

21/09/2022

1 October 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2021. 19 October 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2022. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2022.) 19 October 2022 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2022.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

15/09/2022

It has been confirmed that the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral will be Monday, 19 September 2022 following 10-days of national mourning. King Charles III approved an order that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a national bank holiday across the UK. A press release from the Department for Business, Energy

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