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Is the UK falling behind in developing automation and robotics?

Is the UK falling behind in developing automation and robotics?

Is the UK falling behind in developing automation and robotics? The First Industrial Revolution was led by the UK in 1760 and yet there are serious concerns that the UK is falling behind other countries. This was the conclusion to a report conducted by the House of...

Budget date announced

Budget date announced

Chancellor Sajid Javid announces 2020 Budget for 11 March 2020. The Budget is the government’s annual announcement on its plans for spending and taxation for the upcoming financial year. It will be Sajid Javid’s first Budget since he became Chancellor in July 2019 and...

HMRC offers tips on avoiding Self-Assessment tax scams

HMRC offers tips on avoiding Self-Assessment tax scams

HMRC offers tips on avoiding Self-Assessment tax scams HMRC is giving information to taxpayers to help them avoid scams ahead of the Self-Assessment deadline. HMRC is warning millions of Self-Assessment taxpayers to be aware of fraudsters in the run up to the 31...

Hawsons makes history after 165 years in business

Hawsons Chartered Accountants is 165 years old  Hawsons Chartered Accountants was founded in the city of Sheffield in 1854 – more than 25 years before the creation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – by Alfred Allott and John Hewett....

Increase in probate fees abandoned

Increase in probate fees abandoned

Increase in probate fees abandoned  The government has abandoned its planned increase in probate fees. The increase in fees was originally expected to take effect from 1 April 2019. However, in March 2019 HMRC postponed the introduction of the increase, attributing...

Self assessment deadline is approaching

Self assessment deadline is approaching

The deadline for submitting your 2018/19 self-assessment return is 31 January 2020. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in respect of their income tax, Classes 2 and 4 National Insurance Contributions...

Changes to Principal Private Residence (PPR)

Changes to Principal Private Residence (PPR)

When an individual dispose of a property that is their only or main residence under PPR rules usually an exemption on their capital gains tax applies. The exemption applies if the relevant conditions are met throughout the period of ownership. This relief is...

Charity Tax group launch a national survey on charity VAT relief

Charity Tax group launch a national survey on charity VAT relief

Charity Tax group launch a national survey on charity VAT relief The Charity Tax Group are launching a national survey on charity VAT relief. The group say the research will gather information on the amount of VAT relief claimed by UK charities, which they say will...

PM pledges increase in support for Research & Development

PM pledges increase in support for Research & Development

PM pledges increase in support for Research & Development Boris Johnson has told the CBI Conference that he will increase the amount of annual Research and Development (R&D) tax relief. He told business leaders “In order to help businesses innovate, this...

Corporation tax cuts on hold

Corporation tax cuts on hold

Planned cuts to corporation tax next April are to be put on hold, Boris Johnson has told business leaders. The tax rate paid by companies on their taxable profits was due to fall from 19% to 17%, with the aim of boosting business. However, the Prime Minister told the...

UK’s economy is growing at the slowest annual rate in a decade

UK’s economy is growing at the slowest annual rate in a decade

According to the most recent data by the Office of National Statistics the economy is growing at its slowest rate in almost a decade. In the third quarter Britain’s economy grew by just 0.3% after a dramatic shrink in the second quarter. This means that annual growth...

NHS pension tax causes doctors to cut hours

NHS pension tax causes doctors to cut hours

A report compiled by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has shown that some NHS services are struggling to remain open as doctors cut their hours to avoid being taxed on their pensions. Doctors are often refusing additional work as the taxes on pensions can...

Making Tax Digital: HMRC softens digital link deadline

Making Tax Digital: HMRC softens digital link deadline

Making Tax Digital: HMRC softens digital link deadline HMRC have said that a few businesses could qualify for an extension to their Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT soft landing period. Under current rules for VAT everything must be done digitally including transfers,...

Research & Development allowances

Research & Development allowances

The UK tax system provides generous reliefs for companies undertaking qualifying research and development. A qualifying R&D project is one which seeks to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology through the...

Budget date announced

Budget date announced

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced that the 2019 Budget will take place on 6 November 2019. The Budget is the government’s annual announcement on its plans for spending and taxation for the upcoming financial year.  It will be Sajid Javid’s first Budget since he...

Inheritance Tax receipts hit record amount

Inheritance Tax receipts hit record amount

Recent figures published by HMRC show Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts reached a record £5.4 billion for the 2018/19 tax year. The increase comes on the back of a 15% rise in the number of estates liable for IHT, with the average IHT bill reaching £179,000. Rising asset...

National Living Wage to increase to £10.50 within five years

National Living Wage to increase to £10.50 within five years

Conservative Chancellor Sajid Javid announced at the Conservative party conference that he would raise the National Living Wage to £10.50 within five years. The current amount for over 25s is £8.21, but the Living Wage Foundation believe that it should already be £9...

IFRS 16 leases rules have changed 1 January 2019

IFRS 16 leases rules have changed 1 January 2019

Leasing is very common and is often used as a financing solution to access buildings and equipment without suffering large up-front cash outflows. Most of a company’s operating leases to date tended not to be shown on the balance sheet. Going forward the introduction...

Charity tax improvements might unlock more people giving to charity

Charity tax improvements might unlock more people giving to charity

Charity tax improvements might unlock more people giving to charity According to a new report from the Charity Tax Commission led by the former chairman of the Inland Revenue (Sir Nicholas Montagu), tax reliefs offered to UK charities are in urgent need of an...

Crypto assets Questions and Answers Article

Crypto assets Questions and Answers Article

Has HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) issued any guidance? On 19th December 2018, HMRC released guidance on the taxation of crypto assets for individuals.  It is believed to be one of the most comprehensive sets of guidance currently issued by any government.  It can...

Tax gap remains low

Tax gap remains low

HMRC has published a report showing that the UK tax gap in 2017/18 is estimated to be £35 billion.  This is 5.6% of total theoretical tax liabilities, and a small increase of 0.1% from 5.5% in 2016/17. HMRC therefore secured 94.4% of all tax due. The tax gap is the...

Preparing for the IR35 rules changes

Preparing for the IR35 rules changes

If your business utilises subcontractors who provide personal services through limited companies or other intermediaries then you may have to make substantial changes to comply with the new rules. The government has reformed the off-payroll working rules which will...

Advisory fuel rates for company cars

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which take effect from 1 June 2019. The guidance states: 'You can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply'. The rates only apply to employees using a company car. The advisory...

Consultation on ancillary capital gains reliefs

Consultation on ancillary capital gains reliefs

A capital gains tax (CGT) exemption applies when an individual disposes of a dwelling that has been used as their only or main residence under the Private Residence Relief (PRR) rules. The exemption applies as long as the relevant conditions are met throughout the...

Tax Rates 2019/2020

Tax Rates 2019/2020

  We have summarised the key rates and allowances which are fundamental to our business and personal lives. We are sure that you will find them a useful point of reference and have set out below a few examples of how they can be used. Personal tax rates As the UK...

Hawsons year end tax planning ideas

Hawsons year end tax planning ideas

The tax system is undoubtedly complex, but this complexity shouldn’t deter you from keeping your taxes as low as possible, as well as maximising your net income. In this article, we look at pre 5th April tax planning opportunities that are available to avoid any...

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