Don’t forget to make tax efficient investments ahead of the tax year end With the end of the tax year looming there is still time to save tax for 2019/20. Make full use of your ISA allowance – ISAs can offer a useful tax free way to save, whether this is for your children’s future, a first home or
Advisory fuel rates for company cars New advisory fuel rates for company car have been published which take effect from 1 March 2020. The guidance states: ‘You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply’. The advisory fuel rates for company cars only apply to employees using a company car.
Minimum Wage increases The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are the legal minimum wage rates that must be paid to employees. Employers are liable to be penalised for not complying with the NMW and NLW rules. There are different levels of NMW and NLW, depending on age and whether the employee is an apprentice. Minimum
IFS calls to raise taxes in upcoming Budget The IFS calls to raise taxes in upcoming Budget. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to use the forthcoming Budget to raise taxes. The think tank stated that the Chancellor either needs to raise taxes or ‘break a fiscal rule’ in order to avoid day-to-day spending
Review confirms off-payroll working rules to go ahead from April 2020 The government has confirmed that reforms to off-payroll working rules for the private sector will go ahead from 6 April 2020. The off-payroll rules have applied to the public sector since 2017 and the government has carried out a review of the roll-out to the private sector. The
Coronavirus measure: Statutory Sick Pay from ‘day one’ The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that when it comes to Coronavirus, sick pay entitlement for employees will begin from day one. This means employees will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one when self-isolating rather than having to wait until day four under the SSP waiting
Research and Development spend The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that UK businesses Research and Development (R&D) spend was £25 billion in 2018. Data from the ONS showed that total R&D expenditure increased from £23.7 billion in 2017 to £25 billion in 2018. The report showed: the aerospace industry saw the largest increase in R&D expenditure with
Employer guidance from HMRC HMRC has issued Employer guidance in the latest Employer Bulletin. This issue includes articles on a number of areas including: guidance for employers on reporting PAYE information in real time when payments are made early at Christmas electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Ultra Low Emission Vehicle High Income Child Benefit Charge deadline 31
HMRC crypto guidance HMRC has published crypto guidance for people who hold cryptoassets, typically cryptocurrency or Bitcoin, explaining what taxes they may need to pay and what records they need to keep. HMRC has also published further information for businesses and companies about the tax treatment of cryptoasset transactions. HMRC advises that these papers set out HMRC’s view of
Check employment status for tax tool update HMRC has issued an update to the Check employment status tool (CEST) in advance of the introduction of new tax rules proposed for individuals who provide their personal services via an ‘intermediary’ to a medium or large business. The tool is designed to give HMRC’s view of the status of contracts and
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