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All news by: Esme ShakeShaft

Tax break for married couples and civil partnerships

HMRC is encouraging married couples and people in civil partnerships to sign up for a tax break this year.

Self-Assessment filing deadline draws near

Those who have still not submitted all of their self-assessment filing information will need to complete their 2019-20 tax return as soon as possible as the 31 January 2021 moves closer.  

CJRS Claims deadline

With the nationwide lockdown coming to an end and tiers being re-introduced there are a lot of changes happening which may distract you from upcoming business support deadlines such as the CJRS Claims Deadline.

Isle Of Wight Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Isle Of Wight team managed to raise a fantastic £500 during their Macmillan Virtual Coffee Morning Fundraiser. 

Changes to the job support scheme

On Friday 9 October, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the Job Support Scheme (JSS). The expanded scheme will include additional support for employees of businesses that are forced to close because of local or national lockdown measures. 

Obtain proof of employment history

If you need evidence of employment for a claim, the following notes published by HMRC may help. 

Rural Development Programme for England grants

Applications for the RDPE growth programme are now open! The RDPE scheme helps fund projects, which create jobs and growth in the rural economy in England.   

Low paid workers to qualify for sick-pay

The government has started a consultation to transform support for sick and disabled staff and remove barriers for employees.

New homes to have car charge-points

In a bid to accommodate yet more electric vehicles on our roads, the government has launched a consultation aimed at increasing the number of homes with electric car charge-points.

Renewable energy: HMRC reveals proposal to increase VAT rate to 20%

HMRC have recently confirmed they are going ahead with higher VAT rates for installations of a number of renewable and sustainable energy sources, including biomass boilers and solar panels.

Last reminder for employers to provide 18/19 P60's

If you are an employer, you have a statutory duty to provide your employees with a copy of their P60 (pay and tax details for 2018-19) on or before the end of May 2019.

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.  

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.  

VAT chargeable on all non-refundable deposits

HMRC has confirmed a new policy that VAT will remain due on a deposit, even if the customer does not use the goods or services for which it was paid – this comes into effect from March 1 2019. This change will affect the hospitality industry significantly (but it will also apply to other businesses), which will soon be unable to recover VAT charged on cancelations or ‘no show’ charges.

Changes to minimum wage rates

From April 2019, minimum pay rates will increase as set out below.

Changes to minimum wage rates

From April 2019, minimum pay rates will increase as set out below.

Do you need to outsource your payroll?

In the UK, there are around 1.4 million businesses that employ staff to run payroll in house. 

Do you need to outsource your payroll?

In the UK, there are around 1.4 million businesses that employ staff to run payroll in house. 

Do you need to outsource your payroll?

In the UK, there are around 1.4 million businesses that employ staff to run payroll in house. 

Changes to farmers averaging

From 2016/17 onwards farmers now have the option to smooth out their profits over two or five tax years as the result of a change in Finance Act 2016. Farmers’ and market gardeners’ profits often fluctuate wildly from one year to the next and the tax rules for many years have allowed them to average their profits in order to smooth out those fluctuations. 

Farmers log heightened interest in woodland and forestry and its all down to timber!

A recent resurgence in firewood and timber prices combined with strong returns for investors is leading to heightened interest in UK woodland and forestry, leaving many investors wondering if money really does grow on trees....

Farmers log heightened interest in woodland and forestry and its all down to timber!

A recent resurgence in firewood and timber prices combined with strong returns for investors is leading to heightened interest in UK woodland and forestry, leaving many investors wondering if money really does grow on trees....

The buy-to-let property market

The buy-to-let market has been dominated by investors seeking a property pension, according to new research.

The buy-to-let property market

The buy-to-let market has been dominated by investors seeking a property pension, according to new research.

Has upgrading to Windows 10 affected your date format on Sage?

Microsoft are currently being criticised due to the forcefulness in recommended users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Has upgrading to Windows 10 affected your date format on Sage?

Microsoft are currently being criticised due to the forcefulness in recommended users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Workplace pensions: the risks of unregulated master trusts

With over 6million people now saving for their pension, the Work and Pensions Select Committee have hailed auto enrolment as a ‘tremendous success’. However their report also says gaps in pension regulation have allowed potentially unstable master trusts onto the market. Therefore the question is:

Workplace pensions: the risks of unregulated master trusts

With over 6million people now saving for their pension, the Work and Pensions Select Committee have hailed auto enrolment as a ‘tremendous success’. However their report also says gaps in pension regulation have allowed potentially unstable master trusts onto the market. Therefore the question is: