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The government has confirmed that, as a result of “low referral rates”, its national Fit for Work referral and assessment service will come to an end in England and Wales on 31 March 2018 and on 31 May 2018 in Scotland. The Fit for Work service... Read More

Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees that outlines what kind of workplace behaviours could be considered sexual harassment and how to report and handle it. The guidance covers:what is sexual harassment?how does sexual harassmen... Read More

In a written ministerial statement, the government has announced the proposed new rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP)... Read More

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 allowance provides for tax relief by deducting 10% of the allowanc... Read More

The biggest prize from the recent Budget went to first-time home buyers after the Chancellor announced changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rules. With immediate effect from Budget day, SDLT has been abolished for first-time buyers making a purc... Read More

The low-emission vehicles plug-in grant can help you save up to £4,500 on the purchase price of a new electric or hybrid car. The scheme was first launched in 2011 and is available across the UK and offers a grant towards the price of eligible n... Read More

As part of the Budget measures, the Chancellor announced that the indexation allowance for companies that make capital gains is to be scrapped. The indexation allowance currently allows companies or organisations to include the effects of inflat... Read More

The latest advisory fuel rates became effective on 1 December 2017. Fuel rates are reviewed four times a year with changes taking effect on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. You can use the previous rates for up to 1 month from the date th... Read More

As a general rule, someone who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the inheritance. This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased's estate before any cash or assets are distributed to the... Read More

The State Pension age has been increasing since April 2010. The changes will see the State pension age gradually rise to 65 for women between 2010 and 2018, and then to 66, 67 and 68 for both men and women by 2039.There are now many taxpayers that ha... Read More

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has replaced its Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation with a 58-page “Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. The Guide contains very similar content to the Overview, but it n... Read More

The Finance (No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 17 November 2017. It follows the Finance Act 2017 which received Royal Assent before the June 2017 general election. Some of the provisions were dropped from the Finance Act 2017 so that it could... Read More