No Stopping UK Shopping

UK retail sales grew by an annual 4.0% in February, which is only a slight decrease from January's 2 year high of 4.1%. With Brexit on the horizon and the threat of an economic collapse within the UK, why are British shoppers still spending so much? Well, with a drop...

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NEF Propose Weekly National Allowance

Recently, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) claimed that if the Government replaced the personal allowance of income tax and replaced it with a weekly national allowance, up to 200,000 of the poorest families could be lifted out of poverty. They proposed a weekly...

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Significant Rise in Landline Scams Warns HMRC

As a result of HMRC's efforts to crack down on email and SMS phishing scams, it seems criminals are returning to the more traditional method of cold-calling unsuspecting households and threatening legal action if they don't pay up. These scammers often target more...

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Return of Corporation Tax Relief for Acquired Goodwill

A late change to the Finance Bill will bring back relief for acquired goodwill on the acquisition of businesses with eligible intellectual property from 1 April 2019. The restoration of relief for goodwill and customer-related assets is a welcomed return of a relief...

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Further Implications on Jobs and Economy post Brexit

Although jobs in the financial sector may be taking a hit, a very specific type of accountant is claimed to be very sought after. According to Morgan McKinley's UK 2019 Accounting and Finance salary guide, banks and investment firms are seeking to hire technical...

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Businesses Told to Prepare for post-Brexit Customs Declarations

VAT-registered UK businesses that trade exclusively with the EU are being urged by HMRC to prepare for a no deal Brexit. 145,000 affected businesses received a letter from HMRC, detailing the changes to Customs, Excise and VAT procedures in the 'unlikely event' that...

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This Change to Accounting Standards Could be Taxing

Making Tax Digital (MTD) - Is a key part to HMRC's plan to make it easier for sole traders and business alike to get their tax right. HMRC aim to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. If you are VAT registered and have a taxable...

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Small Retailers See Reduction in Business Rates

As announced in the Budget 2018, small retail businesses in England are set to benefit from a reduction to business rates. Business rates are to be reduced by a third for many retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000 for two years from April 2019, subject...

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Buy-To-Let Remortgaging Rises to Record High

As many landlords seek to mitigate higher tax costs, the number of landlords looking to remortgage has reached and all-time high. Paragon surveyed around 200 mortgage intermediaries and found that as a proportion of the buy-to-let market, remortgaging had an 8%...

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Pension income not being a requirement of the divorce agreement

A report made by Age Uk has claimed that a number of women in retirement who are divorced are losing out on a vast amount of money and assets. Unless a divorce is taken to court, it is not a requirement to know a spouses pension value, and therefore married couples do...

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