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What’s happening?

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

A recent press release by HMRC revealed some of the oddest excuses for submitting a late tax return. The excuses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and included: My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me. I’m too short to reach the p... Read More

The easiest way to ensure that no car-fuel benefit charge (for private journeys in a company car) is payable, is to use the advisory fuel rates published by HMRC to repay any private fuel costs to your employer. The advisory fuel rates are inte... Read More

1 February 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2018. 19 February 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2019) 19 Februar... Read More

The Prime Minister has announced in a speech to the House of Commons that the £65 fee for applications made by EU citizens under the EU Settlement Scheme is to be waived. The scheme is due to be rolled out in full on 30 March 2019 and at that stage t... Read More

The draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2019 has now been published. As expected, it freezes the earnings trigger, which determines when an eligible worker is entitled to be automatically enrolled into a q... Read More

The following statutory payment rates are confirmed: The standard weekly rates of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) will increase from £145.18 to £148.68 from 1 April 2019. The weekl... Read More

We’re delighted to announce one of the biggest and most exciting changes to the way we work at Farnell Clarke. From 1st February 2019 our staff will be able to work six-hour days, with total flexibility of when, where and how they wo... Read More

The P85 form should be completed by individuals or their agents to advise HMRC that have left the UK to live or are going to work abroad for at least one full tax year.   The completion of the P85 form will ensure that an individual leavi... Read More

Most age related tax allowances have been phased out. However, the Married Couple's Allowance (MCA) is available to elderly married couples or those in a civil partnership where at least one member of the couple were born before 6 April 1935. The al... Read More

If you or your partner are a low earner or not working, then you may be eligible for the Marriage Allowance (MA). The MA allows lower earning couples to share part of their personal tax-free allowance. The MA is available to married c... Read More

Donations to charity over the course of a tax year can add up and taxpayers must ensure they keep a proper record of all donations to backup tax return entries. Donations that are made through the Gift Aid scheme allow for the recipient charity to c... Read More

You can use the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) to claim a very generous 100% first year tax relief for qualifying expenditure on plant and machinery. The allowance is available for most assets purchased by a business but does not apply to cars. T... Read More