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Budget U-Turn: Update re self-employed NI

As has been extensively covered in the mainstream media, the Government last week moved to abandon its proposed increase in class 4 national insurance contributions for self-employed workers, meaning the increases scheduled for April 2018 and 2019 will now not go ahead. This will apparently leave a c.£2 billion gap in the Government’s spending plans and …read more

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Budget 2017 – Headlines for Freelance Contractors and Small Businesses

Budget 2017 – not as bad as it could have been??? There has been quite a backlash to certain elements of spreadsheet Phil’s budget 2017 stand-up routine on Wednesday and there were definitely some headline items that were not particularly welcome for freelance contractors and small businesses. However, we take a slightly different approach to some …read more

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Budget 2015 Property Focus

The dust is beginning to settle on the Summer Budget and whilst much of the early analysis obviously related to the the big-ticket living wage and welfare plans, it is worth highlighting a couple of key property-related developments. Buy-to-Let In effort to ‘level the playing field’ between home owners and those who buy properties to …read more

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Reasons to be cheerful!

Following this week’s budget, the nation’s small business owners and self-employed professionals could be forgiven for thinking that the Government is not interested in helping them get on and deliver the crucial part they play in creating an entrepreneurial, flexible, innovative, skilled, wealth-creating and jobs-generating economy. However, it is worth looking at this in the …read more

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The Summer Budget Overview

George Osborne’s first budget since the election has certainly laid down some significant markers about how he intends to run the finances of the country in this coalition free government. There has certainly been lots of speculation on what the budget may contain and this, in part, has been borne out when delving deeper into the budget text …read more

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Should you be paying tax on ebay sales?

Thousands of people in the UK regularly buy and sell goods online these days, using sites such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy or Gumtree.  This can be anything from periodically finding a home for unwanted stuff – today’s equivalent of the car boot sale – to an extension of a hobby collecting or making things and …read more

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Freelance contractor confidence returns

A report released this week has shown that the confidence freelance contractors have in their business prospects and the economy in general, has been restored and increased, compared with recent quarters. The survey of around 1,000 freelance contractors by IPSE and Elance-oDesk found a net positive view of business prospects, as well as increasing confidence …read more

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Budget 2015 Summary

With the possible exception of measures for savers, it’s fair to say the budget was a relatively uneventful one and was broadly fiscally neutral, with little in the way of pre-election giveaways. This is unsurprising given the Chancellor’s consistent rhetoric, throughout the parliament, of fiscal responsibility and the long term economic plan, as well as …read more

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Budget 2015 & Employment Status Review

Next Wednesday, George Osborne will stand up and make the last budget speech of this parliament. The proximity of the budget to the general election makes it far harder to predict than is often the case, with the scope for a fairly benign set of announcements and plenty of rhetoric but just maybe a headline-grabbing surprise or two (depending …read more

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Resilient tech sector is ‘superstar’ of UK economy

A report recently released by KPMG showed how well the tech sector and start-up tech companies are still doing, despite fears of a slow down towards the end of last year. The Q3 2014 survey showed that, while business remained strong in the sector, the rate of growth had slowed. However, the KPMG/Markit Tech Monitor …read more

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Autumn Statement

Inevitably, given the stage we are at in the political cycle, yesterday’s Autumn Statement was heavily politically charged and full of a whole raft of detailed claims and figures, particularly in relation to the delivery of,  and forecasts for: growth, deficit reduction, the level of national debt, jobs and inflation. In terms of measures specifically …read more

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HMRC Bank Raid Powers Revised

Controversial plans, first announced in the 2014 Budget, that allow HMRC to raid bank accounts and take overdue tax, have been softened by the Treasury, after coming under sustained criticism from banks, accountants, MPs, debt charities and other pressure groups. The Direct Recovery of Debts (DRD) powers originally allowed the tax man to take funds …read more

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Small Businesses Lead Growth

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. SMEs Leading the Way Recent research by Barclays also shows how successful small and medium sized businesses are being and how much they are contributing …read more

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UK Economy Growth Strong

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. The ONS also said that the UK reached its pre-recession peak earlier than previously thought, in the third quarter of 2013. Services Good, Eurozone Bad …read more

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Big Brother is watching – how HMRC targets abuse

It’s no secret that HMRC has been clamping down on unpaid tax, on the back of government initiatives to reduce the deficit and a wave of anti-tax avoidance public opinion. As well as continually tweaking the tax rules to plug loopholes and perceived gaps in the system, the Revenue routinely targets certain areas, industries, or …read more

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