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some of the recent NIC changes have caused complications

some of the recent NIC changes have caused complications

Some of the latest changes to national insurance contributions (NICs) started from 6 July 2022, causing complications for self-employed people and directors.  Normally rates and thresholds are set for the whole tax year, as with employers’ contributions, which increased to […]

what is employment?

what is employment?

The Court of Appeal has for the first time ruled on employment status under the intermediaries legislation (often known as IR35) in two cases involving Kaye Adams and Paul Hawksbee – and agreed with HMRC in both. In each case […]

HMRC’s late payment interest rate rise

HMRC’s late payment interest rate rise

HMRC’s late payment interest rate has gone up by another quarter percent, and now stands at 3.75%. Late payment interest encourages prompt payment, ensuring fairness for those paying on time. The rate for overpayments remains at 0.5%. >Read more: changes […]

Managing your business through high inflation

Managing your business through high inflation

Businesses trying to cope with 9%-10% inflation face a difficult balancing act. For many there is a stark choice between potentially alienating customers by increasing prices too sharply or absorbing increased costs and risking their own survival.  Staff shortages and […]

Double whammy from rising prices

Double whammy from rising prices

Rising prices hurt just about everyone, but small business owners face a double whammy: the impact on their own spending power, but also less revenue coming in from cash-strapped customers.  The volume of retail sales fell 1.4% in March, with […]

Charitable giving pitfalls

Many individuals donate to charity simply for altruistic reasons, but this doesn’t mean the tax benefit should be ignored. With Gift Aid donations saving tax at an individual’s marginal rate, donors need to watch out for any pitfalls that might […]

Off-payroll mistakes now penalised

The private sector off-payroll working rules have been in place since April 2021, but for the first 12 months businesses have benefitted from HMRC’s relaxed stance on penalties. HMRC will now, however, penalise mistakes made in applying the rules. HMRC […]

Company insolvencies on an upward trend

Although showing a slight improvement from March, the number of company insolvencies in April of this year was more than double the number from April 2021. This shows just how important it is to get advice sooner rather than later […]

HMRC withdraws P11D PDF alternative

HMRC has decommissioned its interactive PDF that businesses have been using to submit up to 150 P11Ds. For 2021/22, former users will instead have to turn to HMRC’s PAYE online service or use commercial payroll software. The deadline for filing […]

The Chancellor’s May economy statement: all about energy

Economy Statement In late May, the Chancellor announced new measures to counter the rising cost of living, in particular energy prices. Source: Ofgem. Initial measures for 2022 In early February 2022, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to reduce […]

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