ICAEW urges employers to consider the tax implications of a seasonal party

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged employers to consider the tax implications associated with a seasonal party. A company end of year party can be a great way to celebrate the festive period, as well as employees’ hard work. However, there are certain conditions to consider in order to ensure the event is [&hellip
Read More →

‘Improve employees’ digital skills via apprenticeships’, organisation urges employers

Research carried out by not-for-profit organisation The 5% Club has suggested that apprenticeships or training schemes could help to improve employees’ digital skills. The research found that fewer than 2% of employers feel confident that their employees are well-placed to take advantage of new developments in technology. 78% of The 5% Club’s members believe that [&hellip
Read More →

Committee warns small firms ‘could pay heavy price’ for MTD for VAT

The Economic Affairs Committee has warned HMRC that UK small businesses ‘could pay a heavy price’ for Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD for VAT). In a new report, the Committee stated that HMRC has ‘failed to adequately support small businesses’ ahead of the introduction of MTD for VAT. The initiative is set to come [&hellip
Read More →

OTS calls for overhaul of inheritance tax regime

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has urged HMRC to overhaul the UK’s inheritance tax (IHT) regime. In January 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond commissioned the OTS to carry out a review of the IHT regime, and outline ways in which the tax can be simplified. In its report, which is the first of two, the [&hellip
Read More →

First-time homebuyers ‘saved £426 million’ as result of changes to stamp duty

Data published by HMRC has revealed that first-time homebuyers have collectively ‘saved £426 million’ as a result of changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). In the 2017 Autumn Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new exemption from SDLT for most first-time homebuyers. From 22 November 2017, first-time buyers in England and Northern Ireland paying £300,000 or [&hellip
Read More →

Self-employed individuals ‘would back plans to expand pensions auto-enrolment’

A survey carried out by insurance firm Prudential has suggested that over half of self-employed workers would back plans to expand pensions auto-enrolment, or make pension saving compulsory. According to the survey, 27% of those polled would support the expansion of pensions auto-enrolment to cover the self-employed, and an additional 27% would back compulsory pension [&hellip
Read More →

Government urges small businesses to utilise broadband vouchers

The government is urging small businesses to make use of so-called ‘broadband vouchers’, which are worth £2,500. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme helps small firms in covering the cost of installing a full fibre, gigabit-capable connection. The government intended for the scheme to run until March 2021, but ‘high demand’ for the vouchers means that [&hellip
Read More →

Statistics reveal ‘sugar tax’ has generated £153 million for HMRC

Data has revealed that the Soft Drinks Industry Levy generated £153.8 million for HMRC in the year-to-date, up to the end of October. First announced in the 2016 Budget, the Levy came into effect from April 2018. It was introduced as part of a package of measures designed to combat childhood obesity. The Soft Drinks [&hellip
Read More →

Committee launches inquiry into banks’ treatment of vulnerable customers

The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into whether UK banks are doing enough to help vulnerable customers. As part of the inquiry, the Committee will examine whether vulnerable individuals are being overcharged for insurance. A report published recently by Citizens Advice suggested that some individuals are losing as much as £877 a year [&hellip
Read More →

Government unveils changes to probate fees

The government has unveiled significant changes to probate fees, which could result in owners of high-value properties paying nearly £6,000 more. As part of the government’s plans, from April 2019 a banded system of probate fees will be introduced for estates with a value above £50,000. The government stated that, by increasing the estate value [&hellip
Read More →