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What businesses need to know about the new GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force from May 2018. It will replace the current Data Protection Act and is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. GDPR will change the way organisations...

HMRC – Shopping for undeclared VAT

Retailers – Currently there appears to be a HMRC control exercise, being undertaken across the UK, on all types of retailers.This exercise may involve an Inspector visiting the client’s premises. Please note: HMRC legislation states that the retailer MUST...

Input Tax – Beware of the pitfalls!

VAT expert Tony Nickson outlines the pitfalls to avoid when reclaiming input VAT. 1. Reclaims for purchases made before VAT registration It is important to ensure that the maximum amount of input VAT is reclaimed on your business expenditure. This includes...

R&D tax incentives – don’t miss out!

Research and Development (R&D) tax incentives can provide additional tax deductions and enhanced cash flow for companies that develop new products, processes or services. Although widely available, many companies wrongly believe they are not eligible for R&D tax...

The Election result: What are the tax implications?

The general election has ended in a hung parliament – the Conservative party have the most seats but do not have an overall majority. Theresa May has announced that she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). What does this...

Five ways technology could improve a small business

For small businesses, keeping up with all the latest technology can be a difficult task with the speed it moves at. From embracing augmented reality; to making use of 3D printing, we take a look at five ways different technologies could benefit your business. 3D...

Business rates increase 2017/18

As of 1st April 2017 business rates have increased. In this article we will discuss what business rates are, what has changed, what the government announced in the Budget in order to ease the strain of the increase and whether you can appeal the business rates...

UK workers at risk as AI and robotic technology advances

Millions of UK workers - mainly those who work in retail and wholesale - are at risk from breakthroughs in AI and robotics, a recent report finds. In the next 15 years, 10 million or more UK workers could be at risk of being replaced by robots as the automation of...

National living wage – rising wage costs for employers

The National Living Wage From 1 April 2016, following the introduction of the new National Living Wage, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. This was, however, until the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement, where he...

Small business 2017 Budget review and analysis for SMEs

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the last Spring Budget on Wednesday 8 March 2017. In his speech the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed...

Apprenticeship Levy: Not long to go

The new Apprenticeship Levy will be launched in April 2017. We look at what this is and who will be affected by the government's new levy. What is the Apprenticeship Levy? First of all, only employers with a wage bill of over £3m will be affected by the Apprenticeship...

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18

Tax Rates and Allowances 2017/18 Many of the tax rates and allowances are fundamental to our business and personal lives and the most important ones for the 2017/18 tax year are summarised here. We are sure that you will find it a useful point of reference throughout...

Retail Autumn Statement 2016 review

Philip Hammond presented what was to be his first and the last Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23rd November as he announced that going forward the budget will be in the Autumn with a Spring Statement replacing the current one. In this article, we summarise the key...

Contactless payment popularity rises

Contactless payment cards were introduced to the UK in 2007 and initially, the public were reluctant to accept them. Fast forward almost 10 years and one in every five card payments people make is contactless. It was in 2016 when contactless cards really started to...

The Autumn Statement 2016 predictions

The Autumn Statement 2016 on Wednesday is set to be an important event.  It will be the Chancellor’s first opportunity to outline his plans for taxes & spending in the wake of the Brexit vote. But what tax changes can we expect in the upcoming Autumn Statement?  Craig...

New polymer banknotes start circulation with £5 note

The 13th September marked the first day of the brand new polymer banknotes being issued. The £5 note is the first of the banknotes to be launched in England and Wales. The polymer made banknotes are much more durable than the old banknotes and can withstand getting...

Apprenticeship levy update: further guidance issued August 2016

A new apprenticeship levy update has been issued (August 2016), stating that all businesses have until September to feedback on plans before the new rules are formally introduced next year. The government has ignored some businesses groups' advice for a delay to the...

Reminder: National Minimum Wage to rise again October 2016

This article is a short reminder that National Minimum Wage will increase from 1 October 2016, following the Government's decision to accept recommendations from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) earlier this year. The main National Minimum Wage rate (for 21- 24 year olds)...

Why did BHS fail? Lessons for UK retailers

It has been a busy couple of months for the retail sector – the EU referendum, the introduction of the new National Living Wage and the collapse of two of the UK’s high street brands, BHS and Austin Reed. Each brings its own challenges, but the decline of BHS has been...

Brexit: tax implications as the UK votes to leave the EU

From the argument over selling bendy bananas to the threat of an emergency Budget, the EU referendum campaign has undoubtedly had its share of the headlines over the past couple of months. The biggest headline now though is of course that the UK has voted to leave the...

£17m funding available for training in the Sheffield City Region

Do you know about the new Skills Bank for the Sheffield City Region? The Skills Bank is a government/LEP initiative aimed at workforce training and development in the Sheffield City Region. It is a £17m fund - new for 2016 - comprising of funding from the European...

Expenses exemption to replace dispensations from 6 April 2016

Are you aware of the changes to dispensations? In the past, many businesses have applied to HMRC for dispensations. Dispensations have allowed expenses and benefits to be provided to employees without being included on a P11D or subject to PAYE and NIC. A dispensation...

Changes to business rates announced in the 2016 Budget

The Chancellor recently announced a number of positive measures to reform business rates in the UK: Firstly, business rates have been devolved to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Secondly, there will be cuts on business rates for approximately half of all...

National Minimum Wage to rise again in October 2016

The government announced increases to the National Minimum Wage, effective 1 October 2016, after accepting recommendations for the new rates from the Low Pay Commission (LPC). The main National Minimum Wage rate (for 21- 24 year olds) will rise by 3.7% from £6.70 to...

Commercial Stamp Duty Land Tax changes from the 2016 Budget

Are you aware of the commercial Stamp Duty Land Tax changes that were announced in the 2016 Budget? In "a Budget that backed small businesses" (according to the Chancellor), one of the welcome reforms for businesses and entrepreneurs were the commercial Stamp Duty...

Rail electrification update – where now for CP5?

You may recall that we have published two articles on the electrification and modernisation of the UK’s railways over the last six months – first when the plans were put on pause and, again, when the plans were re-commenced just three months ago. In the latest...

Retail 2016 Budget review and analysis for retailers

Welcome to our retail 2016 Budget review Following a year in which the Chancellor had a pre-election Budget in March, a surprise summer Budget in July and an Autumn Statement in November, on 16 March the Chancellor delivered his first Budget of 2016. Following an...

Small business 2016 Budget review and analysis for SMEs

Welcome to our small business 2016 Budget review On 16 March, the Chancellor delivered his first Budget of 2016. In the lead up to the 2016 Budget there were a number of potential measures which many small business owners may have been hoping for, including an...

Tax Rates and allowances 2016/17 – summary and details

Tax Rates and Allowances 2016/17 Many of the tax rates and allowances are fundamental to our business and personal lives and the main ones for the 2016/17 tax year are summarised here. We are sure that you will find it a useful point of reference throughout the coming...

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