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Get up to speed with new off-payroll working rules

Jan 20, 2020

Ahead of the introduction of the new off-payroll working rules, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a factsheet outlining the changes and what they mean for small businesses. Under the legislation, officially known as IR35, employers will be held responsible ...

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One in five workers looking to start a business in 2020

Jan 16, 2020

According to new research by accounting software provider FreeAgent, one in five (22 per cent) UK employees plan to become their own boss during 2020. The study, which was conducted on 2000 employed people also found that 16 per cent of ...

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Spotlight On… civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples

Jan 14, 2020

Mixed-sex couples are now able to enter civil partnerships after Parliament passed the required legislation, meaning that the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act has now become law. Couples were able to give notice for the first time from 2 December ...

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File tax return now to avoid “unnecessary penalties”, says HMRC

Jan 09, 2020

With less than one month to go until the Self Assessment deadline, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding taxpayers of their legal responsibilities. According to the regulator, around 5.4 million taxpayers have yet to file their tax return ahead of ...

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Living wage increase “four times rate of inflation”

Jan 06, 2020

The National Minimum and Living Wage will increase from 01 April 2020, the Government has confirmed. Under approved plans, the National Living Wage (NLW) - for workers over the age of 25 - will rise by 6.5 per cent from £8.21 ...

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HMRC winding up petitions reach four year high

Jan 02, 2020

According to the latest official figures, the number of companies that were wound up last year following intervention from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reached the highest level for four years. The clampdown on companies that go bust whilst owing a ...

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Businesses urge Government to negotiate post Brexit trade deals

Dec 19, 2019

Businesses are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to begin negotiations on the terms of the UK’s future relationships with the European Union (EU) after Brexit. Following the Conservative victory in the election, businesses are urging the Prime Minister to follow up ...

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A quarter of SMEs fear they will go bust within five years

Dec 12, 2019

According to research from accounting software platform Xero, a quarter of small business owners believe their company will go bust within the next five years. Four in 10 owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) claim to be going through the ...

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Late payments are significantly affecting UK SMEs

Dec 09, 2019

According to MarketFinance Business Insights, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are experiencing greater delays in receiving payments, with the average length of time doubling from 12 days to 23 days over the past year. The latest analysis revealed that these invoices ...

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VAT receipts rise to record £133 billion

Dec 02, 2019

The amount of VAT collected in the last 12 months has risen to a record £133 billion, with a significant contribution from the retail and wholesale sectors. The latest figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) indicate that revenue has increased ...

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