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Fishing for a risk?

HMRC seems to be sending out more questionnaires to businesses at the moment.  The latest questionnaire is a “Check of employer records”. It appears that HMRC these days seemingly prefers the use of a letter and a questionnaire rather than the more common face to face visit by a PAYE […]

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Tribunal decision on the employment rights of Uber drivers

There has been a tribunal decision on the employment rights of Uber drivers. The self-employed drivers argued that they should be treated as employees, wanting entitlement to the national minimum wage, holiday and sick pay. The decision, if it stands, only applies to the employment rights of Uber drivers involved […]

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Good News on CIS Deductions

HMRC has revised its practice in relation to claims for refunds of construction industry scheme (CIS) deductions. What’s changed and how might this affect you? HMRC has, for a long time, waged war with the construction industry on matters ranging from employment status to qualifying for gross payment status (GPS). […]

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Autumn Statement – Key Points

The Chancellor has presented his Autumn Statement – here’s a summary of some of what was announced Fuel Duty – will remain frozen for a seventh year. A new 3 year NS&I Investment Bond available from 2017 – with an indicative rate of 2.2.% interest. Available for 16 years and […]

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New NI Exemption for 2016/17

Apprentices: HMRC has confirmed that starting from 6 April 2016 employers will be entitled to an exemption from Secondary Class 1 NI contributions in respect of wages for employees who are apprentices and aged under 25 at the time they are paid. However, the exemption doesn’t apply to primary Class […]

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Helping your business access the right financial package

For many ambitious businesses, unlocking finance is the key to future growth. Yet with so many different options now available, knowing which way to turn can be impossible without specialist help. The event has been developed by Access to Finance Northwest, with sponsorship from NatWest Bank Plc  and will provide […]

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Saving with a Stocks & Shares ISA

The 2014-2015 subscription for a Stocks and Shares ISA (Individual Savings Account) was increased to £11,880 in the recent budget, and will further increase to £15,000 on July 1st. This is a tax efficient means of saving, particularly with respect to capital gains tax avoidance. Investment in stocks and shares outperform […]

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