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A quarter of dads may be missing out on paternity pay, according to a new report
Posted: July 4, 2018

The TUC has launched a new campaign calling on the Government to extend paternity pay to more workers, after discovering that a quarter of fathers may be missing out. It found that of the 620,000 new working dads last year, more than 140,000 did not qualify for paternity pay, which provides up to two weeks’ _ Read more



More than two-fifths of small business owners are still unaware of MTD
Posted: July 4, 2018

According to a new study, Making Tax Digital (MTD) is currently one of the biggest concerns for VAT-registered small business owners. The research, prepared by Intuit QuickBooks, found that more than three-quarters of SME owners found the legislation challenging and difficult to understand. It also reveals that 70 per cent were struggling to find the _ Read more



Building contractors will have to comply with complex new VAT rules
Posted: July 4, 2018

Those working in the construction and building industry are being encouraged to get to grips with a new way of accounting for VAT. From 1 October 2019, builders, contractors and other trades associated with the construction industry will have to change the way they invoice supplies of standard or reduced-rated building services between VAT-registered businesses _ Read more



‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ feels the squeeze
Posted: June 4, 2018

The average amount contributed by parents towards home purchases has fallen by 17 per cent over the last year, according to Legal & General (L&G). While buyers who received assistance from their parents in 2017 enjoyed an average contribution of £21,600, those receiving assistance this year can expect an average contribution of £18,000. This equates _ Read more



Vigilance urged as fraudsters fake security measures to access bank accounts
Posted: June 4, 2018

Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to redouble their vigilance as fraudsters fake security measures in order to gain the information needed to access and drain bank accounts of funds. In one instance, an academic received a call that was supposedly from her bank saying that her account had been frozen owing to unusual transfers. _ Read more



Ministers make an about-turn on tax haven transparency measures
Posted: June 4, 2018

In a reverse of its previous position, the Government has backed measures to increase the transparency of offshore tax havens. The measures will compel British overseas territories to make public their records of the true owners of the companies that are registered there. The measures were contained in an amendment to the Anti-Money Laundering Bill _ Read more



Government Brexit redeployments to delay Making Tax Digital for Individuals
Posted: June 4, 2018

A number of key projects at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have been placed on hold to make staff available for Brexit issues, including Making Tax Digital for Individuals. The simple assessment rollout and real-time tax code changes, both part of MTD for Individuals, will not be introduced as planned according to an HMRC stakeholders _ Read more



Replace Inheritance Tax with ‘lifetime receipts tax’, argues thinktank
Posted: June 4, 2018

With the issue of intergenerational fairness continuing to be high on the agenda, a thinktank has suggested that the Treasury returns to the drawing board when it comes to taxing bequests and inheritances. Instead of Inheritance Tax (IHT), the Resolution Foundation has floated the idea of a ‘lifetime receipts tax’, which would give individuals a _ Read more



Government Brexit redeployments to delay Making Tax Digital for Individuals
Posted: June 4, 2018

A number of key projects at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have been placed on hold to make staff available for Brexit issues, including Making Tax Digital for Individuals. The simple assessment rollout and real-time tax code changes, both part of MTD for Individuals, will not be introduced as planned according to an HMRC stakeholders _ Read more



Employers attempting to avoid auto-enrolment penalties could have assets seized
Posted: June 4, 2018

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced that employers could have their businesses’ assets seized to pay their debts if they fail to pay workplace pension fines. TPR has powers to fine employers who do not comply with workplace pension rules. However, it has also confirmed that it is willing to secure court orders if the _ Read more