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This is the year for Auto-enrolment
02/03/2017
2017 is the year when virtually all businesses will become part of the Automatic enrolment scheme for workplace pensions. Employers who fail to comply with their auto-enrolment duties and miss their Staging Date can trigger statutory notices, fixed penalties and even court action. By the end of 2016 nearly 10,000 fixed penalty notices Read more...


New guidance published for employers on setting dress codes and sex discrimination
21/05/2018
Following a joint report ("High heels and workplace dress codes") published by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and Petitions Committee in January 2017, the Government Equalities Office has finally published promised new guidance on “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know”. The new guidance is aimed Read more...


Responding to a County Court claim
16/05/2018
It is important that any correspondence received from the County Court is dealt with promptly. This should include taking proper legal advice when appropriate. Usually, a creditor asks the County Court to make a county court judgment (CCJ) against a person who is refusing to pay their bill. The CCJ rules apply to court orders in England Read more...


When might you be due a tax refund?
16/05/2018
HMRC has issued helpful guidance that explains when you might be due a tax refund and how to make a claim. According to HMRC you may be able to claim a refund if you: are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay; have stopped work; sent a tax return and paid too much tax; have paid too much tax on pension Read more...


NMW and LW enforcement measures
16/05/2018
A new press release has revealed that in 2017-18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6 million in back pay that is owed to over 200,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers. This was an increase from £10.9 million for over 98,000 workers in the previous year. The launch of an online complaints service in January 2017 is thought to have been Read more...


More warnings to beware of bogus tax refund scams
16/05/2018
Fraudsters are taking advantage of taxpayers who may be due a tax refund following the end of the 2017-18 tax year. HMRC is currently processing tax refunds, but the fraudsters are trying to get one step ahead. They do this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages claiming to be from HMRC. Usually the messages include a click-through Read more...


Pay and expenses for volunteers
16/05/2018
There are many rewarding opportunities for volunteering available across the UK. It is a popular misconception that only young people volunteer, however, people of all ages volunteer for numerous roles in a wide range of charitable and other sectors. There is no official minimum or maximum age for volunteering. However, the following Read more...


Can a builder charge 5% VAT for their services?
16/05/2018
Whilst the majority of businesses charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that businesses should be aware. There are actually three separate VAT rates, the standard rate of 20%, the reduced rate of 5% and a zero rate. The reduced rate of VAT applies to the supply of certain goods and Read more...


Pensions Regulator to seize assets
14/05/2018
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced that employers who refuse to pay workplace pension fines could have their assets seized to pay their debts. TPR can issue fines to employers who fail to meet their automatic enrolment duties and can secure court orders if the debts are not then paid. TPR is to now appoint High Court Enforcement Read more...


Advance assurance for R&D tax claims
09/05/2018
Advance Assurance for small companies that claim Research and Development (R&D) tax relief was introduced in November 2015. This measure makes it easier for small businesses investing in research and development to claim tax relief. Advance Assurance is available to companies who haven’t claimed R&D before, have an annual Read more...

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