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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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Autumn Statement 2016

As the new chancellor delivered his first Autumn Statement there were a few items that caught our eye as potentially affecting our clients. INCOME TAX The income tax bands will increase as follows: 2016/17 2017/18 Difference Personal Allowance £11,000 £11,500 + £500 Basic Rate Band £32,000 £33,500 + £1,500 Higher Rate Band £107,000 £105,000 – …read more

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The Christmas Party Season

It’s that time of year again, the festive season is upon us, and the Christmas parties are about to get into full swing! For further clarification, we have put together a brief guide. The “Annual Party” Although most businesses utilise their £150 per employee exemption on the Christmas party, the exemption can be utilised for …read more

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2016 Christmas Opening Times

With Christmas a couple of weeks away and office parties in full spirit, we thought it’s be a good time to let you know our opening hours during the festive period. Friday 23rd – Normal opening hours Monday 26th – Closed Tuesday 27th – Closed Wednesday 28th – 10am – 4pm Thursday 29th – 10am …read more

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Topical VAT update

This is a reminder for businesses who are VAT registered in relation to general VAT pointers which you may find helpful. Please be aware, per HMRC’s guidelines, appointing accountants to look after your affairs does not relinquish your responsibility. You still have to take reasonable care to make sure that the information you are providing …read more

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Auto-enrolment information

Is your company required to have an auto enrolment pension scheme? We are writing to you to make you aware of the potential need for your company to have an auto enrolment pension scheme. Auto enrolment requires an employer to consider whether its ‘workers’ are eligible to join a work based pension scheme and, if …read more

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New taxation changes to dividends

As you may be aware, dividend taxation rates are changing from 6th April 2016. In order to help with your tax planning, we have set out below how these changes may affect you. What are the current rules? Currently, if you are a basic rate tax payer you do not pay any personal tax on …read more

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