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23-01-2019
HMRC publishes more strange excuses
A recent press release by HMRC revealed some of the oddest excuses for submitting a late tax return. The excuses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and included: My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me. I’m too short to reach the Read more..

23-01-2019
Avoid car-fuel benefit charge for 2018-19
The easiest way to ensure that no car-fuel benefit charge (for private journeys in a company car) is payable, is to use the advisory fuel rates published by HMRC to repay any private fuel costs to your employer. The advisory fuel rates are intended Read more..

23-01-2019
On your bike â Cycle to Work schemes
There are special rules involving bicycles usually referred to as 'Cycle to Work' arrangements. The Cycle to Work scheme was introduced almost 20 years ago to help promote the use of healthy ways to commute to work using an environmentally friendly Read more..

23-01-2019
Lifetime transfers where estate of another individual is increased
Most gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt if the taxpayer Read more..

23-01-2019
Changes to lettings relief and other exemptions April 2020
Two changes to the way Private Residence Relief works are due to come into effect from April 2020. These changes could reduce the amount of CGT relief available on the sale of a private residence. The changes are: Home owners that let all or part Read more..

23-01-2019
CGT relief for two dwellings for the same period
As a general rule, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on a property which has been used wholly as a main family residence. This relief from CGT is commonly known as Private Residence Relief. Conversely, an investment property that has never been Read more..

23-01-2019
Welsh rates of Income Tax
The Welsh Government has confirmed that the proposed Welsh Government Budget has been ratified and that the new Welsh rates of Income Tax (WRIT) will be set at 10p for 2019-20. This means that the rates of Income Tax paid by Welsh taxpayers will Read more..

22-01-2019
Auto-enrolment qualifying earnings band figures for tax year 2019/20 confirmed
The draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2019 has now been published. As expected, it freezes the earnings trigger, which determines when an eligible worker is entitled to be automatically enrolled into a Read more..

22-01-2019
Statutory payment rates for tax year 2019/20 confirmed
The following statutory payment rates are confirmed: The standard weekly rates of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) will increase from £145.18 to £148.68 from 1 April 2019. The Read more..

22-01-2019
EU Settlement Scheme fee is to be scrapped
The Prime Minister has announced in a speech to the House of Commons that the £65 fee for applications made by EU citizens under the EU Settlement Scheme is to be waived. The scheme is due to be rolled out in full on 30 March 2019 and at that stage Read more..