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Christmas parties and staff gifts – a tax guide

With the festive period now approaching, we are often asked by employers about the tax treatment of providing a staff Christmas party or giving gifts to employees. Here is a quick reminder of the rules.STAFF PARTIESWhat is exempt?There is a tax exemption for employee...

Autumn Budget 2018: Summary

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end - but discipline will remain’. He also promised a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are...

Making Tax Digital Update

The decision has been made to delay implementation of Making Tax Digital until 1 October 2019 for VAT registered businesses with more complex requirements. This 6-month deferral applies to customers who fall within one of the following categories: Trusts...

Budget 2018: Predictions

Philip Hammond will deliver his 2018 Budget on 29 October. But what can we expect when the Chancellor delivers his speech?  Theresa May’s recent promise of the end of austerity has prompted a fresh wave of optimism concerning what Philip Hammond may announce in the...

Making Tax Digital – Update 4

Making Tax Digital (MTD) – Update 4 We have been in regular contact with you to highlight that HMRC will begin phasing in its Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime from April 2019. Initially this will only be for VAT purposes, with the wider roll out of MTD having been...

New figures reveal R&D claims are on the rise

Businesses claimed over £3.5 billion in tax relief on Research and Development (R&D) in the last year, official statistics reported.  This represents an increase of £575 million on the previous year.  But many companies are still missing out on this...

Transparency in price and service guidance

The SRA has published its guidance on what price and service information law firms must put on their website from 6 December 2018. The new rules were first announced in June 2018 and confirmed following Legal Services Board approval in August. The rules...

Minimum wage: 200,000 workers underpaid

200,000 workers who were paid less than the minimum wage have been identified following a record government clampdown There was £15.6 million of underpayments identified for more than 200,000 workers which resulted in employers being fined an unprecedented...

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