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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.

Do you have an employee suggestion scheme in place? There are still commercial and tax advantages to setting up such a arrangement. HMRC offers two tax-free award schemes that can be made available to employees:Encouragement awards - for good suggest... Read More

Employers and employees may have noticed that HMRC has clamped down on the tax and NIC benefits of some aspects of salary sacrifice schemes. The changes are being rolled out gradually from April 2017, and will affect a number of employees who have sa... Read More

As our readers are most likely aware, there are special rules which allow individuals who set up private pension scheme(s) to benefit from significant tax reliefs when saving for their retirement. There is no overall limit to the amount of employer o... Read More

Director shareholders are wont to ensure that they pay the lowest amount of tax and NIC consistent with their obligations under the relevant legislation. For many years, director shareholders have followed a high dividend, low salary extraction... Read More

The Cycle to Work scheme was introduced in 1999 to help promote a healthy commute to work.The scheme allows employers to provide (technically loan) bicycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. Where the scheme condition... Read More

With the General Election having returned a minority government and with the government’s priority being to legislate for Brexit, a rather more modest agenda for employment law reform was outlined in the Queen’s Speech 2017 than originally may have b... Read More

1 July 2017 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 September 2016.6 July 2017 - Complete and submit forms P11D return of benefits and expenses and P11D(b) return of Class 1A NICs.19 July 2017 - Pay Class 1A NICs (by the 22 July 2017... Read More

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is warning the public of what appears to be a number of widespread scams targeting members of the public using emails, texts and telephone calls. These communications are supposedly sent from the... Read More

Employees who use their own car at work for business purposes can, under certain circumstances, be paid a tax-free allowance by their employers. This includes the use of their own van, motorcycle or bike. It is important to note that this tax-free al... Read More

The VAT Cash Accounting Scheme (CAS) can offer important benefits to certain small businesses. Under the standard VAT accounting scheme, VAT is payable on sales whether or not the customer has paid and can lead to claims for Bad Debt Relief. With the... Read More

For some time now, employers have been able to reduce their Class 1 NI contributions that relate to their employment of staff. The relevant relief, the employment allowance, is worth up to £3,000 per year and is available to most businesses and... Read More

There is usually no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid on the gift of assets between married couples and civil partners. However, there is still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes, effectively, at no gain or loss on the date of the tran... Read More