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Cigarette smuggler jailed

Dec 08, 2015

A lorry driver, Hans Verhoeven from Belgium has been jailed for almost seven years for evading excise duty. In July 2014 the driver was stopped and claimed to transporting fruit and bread. HMRC officers opened the container and found an ...

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Tax credits guide updated

Dec 04, 2015

HMRC has published an updated version of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit leaflet (WTC2).  The guide explains in detail what the two credits are, who is eligible and how to claim. The Child Tax Credit has been designed to ...

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Universal Credit roll out

Nov 27, 2015

Since April 2013, Universal Credits have been gradually rolled out across the country. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people both in and out of work, which merges together existing benefits and tax credits. The rollout to claimants is ...

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Autumn Statement 2015

Nov 25, 2015

The autumn statement is an opportunity for the government to review and declare it’s spending for the next year. Most of the press commentary, prior to the Chancellor’s comments today, involved speculation on which areas of government would suffer the ...

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Deductions for fees and subscriptions

Nov 12, 2015

Many professionals such as accountants, lawyers and health professionals are required to make a subscription to a professional body or learned society. HMRC have recently published an updated list of the organisations that they will accept as valid professional bodies. ...

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VAT refund scheme

Nov 05, 2015

The VAT paid in other EU countries is often recoverable by VAT-registered businesses in the UK, who bought goods or services for business use. The exact rules that determine what VAT is refundable depends on the other countries' rules for claiming ...

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Paper Self Assessment return deadline

Oct 08, 2015

Taxpayers that continue to submit paper Self Assessment returns are reminded that the deadline for submitting the 2014-15 return is 31 October 2015. Late submission of a Self Assessment return will become liable to a £100 late filing penalty. The penalty ...

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UK Cider industry continues to grow

Oct 08, 2015

In the March Budget earlier this year, the Chancellor announced a cut in the duty rates on lower strength cider by 2%. The measure saved cider drinkers around 1p on each litre of cider. In the Summer Budget, the Chancellor made ...

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English plastic bag charge

Oct 01, 2015

With effect from 5 October 2015 a minimum charge of 5p will be introduced on single-use carrier bags supplied by large shops in England. From this date, single-use carrier bags will no longer be given away free when people buy ...

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Enterprise Bill published

Oct 01, 2015

The Enterprise Bill has had its first reading in the House of Lords. The Bill is expected to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the business landscape especially for small businesses. It is hoped that the Bill will contribute ...

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