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Changes to the Employment Allowance Leave a comment Read more »

Changes to the Employment Allowance

Currently, most employers can claim a deduction against their National Insurance Contributions (NICs) bills up to a maximum of £2,000 for the tax year. Note that the deduction is against the employer’s own NICs bill; not against the NICs it deducts from the payments it makes to its…


Autumn Statement highlights Leave a comment Read more »

Autumn Statement highlights

Leaving aside the political nonsense (u-turns, smoke and mirrors, Chairman Mao and the like), there was little in yesterday’s Autumn Statement for our clients. Not that we are complaining.  After the Summer Budget, which impacted on most areas of tax, and in some cases significantly, we are…


Applause for the OTS! Leave a comment Read more »

Applause for the OTS!

Back in 2010, the then Coalition Government set up the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to investigate options for making the UK’s tax rules simpler. The OTS has acheived a lot in the last five years but there is still much to do. Next on the…


Some words of wisdom for HMRC Leave a comment Read more »

Some words of wisdom for HMRC

Would you like more contact with HMRC? Probably not as for most of us a call or letter from HMRC means additional work and stress. And yet we could all have to deal with HMRC a lot more in the future if HMRC get their…


The new rules for taxing dividends Leave a comment Read more »

The new rules for taxing dividends

Just over a month ago, George Osborne announced that from April 2016 new rules will apply for the taxation of dividends. Details were fairly sketchy at that time but, with the publication by HMRC of a helpful factsheet, we now know a little more, as set…


All worn out: the end of the Wear and Tear allowance for landlords Leave a comment Read more »

All worn out: the end of the Wear and Tear allowance for landlords

At Summer Budget 2015, George Osborne announced that the Wear and Tear Allowance for landlords would be replaced with a new tax relief from April 2016 onwards. Following the publication of a consultation document by HMRC, we now have a better idea of how the…


The future of IR35 Leave a comment Read more »

The future of IR35

Following on from the Summer Budget changes to dividend taxation and the NICs employment allowance (see our earlier blog post), the Government has published a discussion document on the future of IR35. Although it is too early to say what changes will be made (if…


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