PAYE late filing penalties

HMRC have now issued the first in-year penalties notices to employers with fewer than 50 employees who missed the deadline for sending PAYE information to HMRC. Rather than issue late filing penalties automatically when a deadline is... Read Full Article...

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Claiming the marriage allowance

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group published updated guidance on how to apply for the new transferable personal allowance, known as the marriage allowance, for married couples and civil partners which came into effect on 6 April... Read Full Article...

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Phishing emails HMRC examples

HMRC have updated their list of examples of emails, letters, text messages and bogus calls used by ‘scammers’ and fraudsters to get taxpayers personal information. This guidance provides examples of the different methods that fraudsters use to... Read Full Article...

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HMRC checking employees have paid the correct amount of tax on their pay

HMRC have started to check that people have paid the right amount of tax in 2014/15, a process they refer to as the annual End of Year Reconciliation process. They will be sending out forms P800 first... Read Full Article...

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Statistics show employment rise in 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released figures showing that UK employment rates were up between February and April compared to the three months to January 2015.  As detailed in the press release the figures show:... Read Full Article...

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Budget announcements

George Osborne delivered his second budget of the year on 8 July 2015. Following the general election in May this was the first full Conservative budget since 1996.  The budget focussed on reducing the budget deficit and... Read Full Article...

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65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds a success

HM Treasury has announced that the National Savings and Investments 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds have been bought by more than a million older savers, who made total investments of over £13 billion. These investment figures make the... Read Full Article...

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HMRC issue guidance on VAT reclaims by qualifying charities

HMRC have issued guidance on VAT reclaims by ‘qualifying charities’ under recent changes to the rules. ‘Qualifying charities’ for this purpose are those concerned with palliative care, air ambulance, search and rescue and medical courier charities. The... Read Full Article...

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HMRC payroll guidance – harvest casuals and casual beaters

HMRC have issued useful guidance for those employers who pay casual employees working outdoors harvesting perishable crops, or as casual beaters for a shoot. The guidance outlines the specific circumstances which must apply in order for these... Read Full Article...

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Driving licence paper counterpart no longer valid

The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency has announced that with effect from 8 June 2015 the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued. The paper counterpart was... Read Full Article...

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