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New electronic ‘nudge’ on PAYE
Posted: January 23, 2014

A new electronic reminder designed to help employers stay up-to-date with their Pay As You Earn (PAYE) payments has been introduced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). HMRC said the message would tell the employer that they appeared not to have made full payment of their PAYE on time and remind them that they must _ Read more



Self Assessment set for paperless future
Posted: January 23, 2014

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is considering responses to a consultation on plans for upgrading its Self Assessment (SA) Online service to provide what it calls “a complete end-to-end digital experience for customers”. The consultation, which ran from 27 November to 27 December, formed part of plans to reduce the level of paper communication received _ Read more



Workplace injury reporting made simpler
Posted: January 23, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has put in place changes designed to make the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries simpler for businesses. The changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, which took effect from 1 October, are intended to clarify reporting requirements while still ensuring that data collected _ Read more



Smailes Goldie partner to speak at agricultural seminar
Posted: November 27, 2013

A partner at Hull-based chartered specialist agricultural accountancy firm Smailes Goldie Turner has been announced as one of the guest speakers at a free seminar. Martin Overfield will be speaking at the event, Farming: What’s in it for the Next Generation?, which takes place at FERA, in Sand Hutton, York, on Wednesday, 27 November. Running _ Read more



Government signs multi-million pound Russian beef and lamb trade deal
Posted: October 30, 2013

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has travelled to Russia to sign a beef and lamb trade deal expected to be worth up to £100 million over three years. The trade deal marks a turning point in British meat exports to Russia, which had banned British beef and lamb following the BSE crisis in the 1990s. _ Read more



SAWS migrant worker scheme axed
Posted: October 30, 2013

British growers fear they could lose out after the government axed the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) – which ensured an adequate supply of Romanian and Bulgarian seasonal workers for the UK horticulture industry. Under SAWS, UK fresh produce suppliers could employ 21,250 migrant workers from the two countries for up to six months at _ Read more



Inheritance tax boost for farming families
Posted: July 29, 2013

A recent ruling in a landmark tax case regarding the inheritance tax (IHT) relief available on farmhouses provides owners with greater scope for tax planning. Following the Upper Tribunal’s decision, agricultural property relief (APR) – which provides 100 per cent IHT relief – can apply where a farmhouse and farmland are not owned by the _ Read more



Restriction of sideways loss relief a blow to farmers
Posted: July 29, 2013

Changes to sideways loss relief could push some farming businesses to the brink, making it all the more important to seek expert advice. Farmers and businesses have always had the ability to relieve general trading losses against other sources of income in the same year – known as sideways loss relief. While it has always _ Read more



Essential News for the Agricultural Sector
Posted: May 16, 2013

For all the latest news and updates concerning the agricultural sector, download our latest specialist newsletter. In this edition…….. Dairy farmers in England are being encouraged to form co-operatives to sell milk to processing groups , instead of negotiating individually. Farming and Wildlife advisory group re-launched Renewable energy schemes are not farmer friendly. Local authorities _ Read more