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Payroll sector prepares for key changes in 2019/20

5 Feb 2019

The next 12 months will see a number of new changes to payroll policy that could have an impact on a wide range of businesses. To give an overview of how businesses could be affected by these changes, below are … Continue reading

Entrepreneurs’ Relief changes fail to meet up to the test

5 Feb 2019

During the last Budget, the Government announced new conditions to entrepreneurs’ relief that would take immediate effect to change the definition of a “personal company” for shareholders who claim entrepreneurs’ relief. By introducing these changes, they hope to restrict shareholders … Continue reading

Just over half of businesses are prepared for Making Tax Digital

5 Feb 2019

A new study into preparations for Making Tax Digital amongst businesses has found that only 57 per cent of firms are ready to comply with the new regime by 1 April 2019. Despite the various delays and changes to the … Continue reading

Late payers to be flagged up to businesses under new proposals

5 Feb 2019

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has recommended a new “traffic light” system that will warn smaller firms which businesses have a consistent record of late payment and those most likely to request longer payment terms. It is thought that … Continue reading

HM Revenue & Customs drops insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns

5 Feb 2019

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has dropped its insistence that all company directors must submit tax returns following a series of tribunal rulings. For several years, HMRC has advised in its guidance on the gov.uk website that company directors should … Continue reading

Automatic Enrolment contributions to increase

5 Feb 2019

The next increase in Automatic Enrolment (AE) pension contributions for both employees and employers will take place from 6 April 2019. The minimum employer contribution will increase from two per cent to three per cent, while the employee contribution will … Continue reading

Debt recovery costs small businesses an average of £9,000

2 Jan 2019

The cash flow difficulties that late payments cause small businesses are well known. However, the cost of recovering late payments is less well publicised, despite being a major and growing expense – coming in at around £9,000 last year for … Continue reading

Brexit uncertainty sends small business confidence to a seven-year low

2 Jan 2019

Confidence amongst small businesses has tumbled to a seven-year low – in part due to the uncertainty of Brexit. A survey carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that nearly one in three small exporters think … Continue reading

An end to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief ‘dilutions dilemma’?

2 Jan 2019

As a business takes off, the level of investment it needs in order to expand can significantly outpace growth in revenues and profits. One of the options open to entrepreneurs at this stage in the development of a business is … Continue reading

Tax rates rise twice as fast in the UK than the international average

2 Jan 2019

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UK tax revenue as a percentage of GDP rose to 33.3 per cent in 2017.

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