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Here you can keep up to date with our latest news, as well as the latest goings-on in the world of accounting.

Following the recent increase in the Bank of England base rate to 0.75%, HMRC has announced changes to the rates of interest they charge. The new rates of interest charged on underpaid quarterly instalment payments of 1.75% (was 1.50%), took eff... Read More

Here is a reminder for travellers of their duty and tax free allowances whilst travelling this summer.Travelling to an EU countryWhere tobacco or alcohol is brought in from another EU country, no duties or tax will be payable as long as you can demon... Read More

A new Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP) is to be launched on 9th October to help fight fraud in the public sector. The size of the challenge is immense with fraud in the public sector estimated to be between £31 billion and £49 billion.The G... Read More

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is warning taxpayers of a new intellectual property (IP) scam, where taxpayers receive unsolicited invitations from companies offering services to help them protect their IP in return for a fee. These usual... Read More

There are special rules involving bicycles usually referred to as 'Cycle to Work' arrangements. The Cycle to Work scheme was introduced in 1999 to help promote the use of healthy ways to commute to work.The scheme allows employers to provide (technic... Read More

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules consider 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 th... Read More

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides independent advice to the government on simplifying the UK tax system, with the object of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers. The OTS operates on a permanent, statut... Read More

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has updated its papers on the possibility of launching a Sole Enterprise Protected Assets (SEPA) business model for sole traders.SEPA status would allow sole traders to retain the simplicity of sole trader statu... Read More

HMRC has published a press release to remind taxpayers that the 30 September 2018 deadline to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets is fast approaching. This is the date set out in the Requirement to Correct (RTC)... Read More

So you’re considering a change of accountant, or you're just starting out... what do you need to consider when looking for a new accountant?Firstly, as you’d expect, make sure they’re qualified.Secondly, software! We’re sure you’ve heard of Making Ta... Read More

Under new gender pay gap regulations that came into force in April 2017, all employers with over 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap data. The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has now announced that 100% of UK employers identi... Read More

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers about email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst these messages may appear to be genuine they are very dangero... Read More