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19-03-2019
Full EU Settlement Scheme roll-out

Full EU Settlement Scheme roll-out

The government has laid a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules implementing the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme from 30 March 2019. The scheme will apply regardless of whether there ... read more

19-03-2019
2019 Spring Statement: employment implications

2019 Spring Statement: employment implications

In the Spring Statement 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that the apprenticeship reforms set out in the Autumn Budget 2018 will now be introduced a year early. From 1 April 2019, ... read more

14-03-2019
Topping up your self-employed NIC contributions

Topping up your self-employed NIC contributions

In many circumstances it can be beneficial to make voluntary Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) to increase your entitlement to benefits, including the State or New State Pension if you ... read more

14-03-2019
Lost your Unique Tax Reference number?

Lost your Unique Tax Reference number?

Your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) identifies your tax records at HMRC. The number is also known as your taxpayer number or tax reference number and should be used whenever you contact HMRC, or when ... read more

14-03-2019
Treatment of deposits for VAT purposes

Treatment of deposits for VAT purposes

As a general rule, most deposits made by customers serve as advance payments and create a VAT tax point when the deposit is received. It is important that businesses ensure that the VAT element of any ... read more

14-03-2019
What are the badges of trade?

What are the badges of trade?

The 'badges of trade' tests, whilst not conclusive, are used by HMRC to help determine whether an activity is a proper economic / business activity or merely a money-making side line to a hobby. ... read more

14-03-2019
Sale of income by an individual

Sale of income by an individual

A capital sum received by an individual in respect of the sale or relinquishment of income to be derived from his or her personal activities, can sometimes be treated as earned income and chargeable ... read more

13-03-2019
Employee tax codes 2019-20

Employee tax codes 2019-20

The P9X form is used to notify employers of the tax codes to use for employees. The basic Personal Allowance for the tax year starting 6 April 2019 will be £12,500 and the tax code for emergency ... read more

13-03-2019
Spring Statement - 13 March 2019

Spring Statement - 13 March 2019

The following comments were written on the 13th March 2019 immediately following Philip Hammond’s presentation of the 2019 Spring Statement to Parliament. In theory, the government uses the Spring ... read more

12-03-2019
Expenditure on building that qualifies as plant

Expenditure on building that qualifies as plant

Capital Allowances are the deductions which allow businesses to secure tax relief for certain capital expenditure. Capital Allowances are available to sole traders, self-employed persons or ... read more