Be aware of pension scams

According to the latest figures from Action Fraud, the average loss from pension scams has reached £50,949 this year. This figure is more than double the typical figure of £23,689 reported last year. Action Fraud claimed that losses in each case ranged from less than...

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New schemes for VAT on EU trade

Three schemes launched on 1 July will deal with VAT on business-to-consumer supplies of goods and services to EU customers. They are known as the 'Union', 'non-Union' and 'import' schemes. The schemes are designed to facilitate the collection of VAT by one EU member...

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G7 announces global tax agreement

The G7's finance ministers have announced a historic international agreement on global tax reform. Finance ministers have held years of discussions and have now agreed to reforms, which they say will see multinationals pay their fair share of tax in the countries in...

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Fifth SEISS grant to be made available from late July

The fifth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant covering May 2021 to September 2021 will open to claims from late July, HMRC has confirmed. To be eligible for the grant, an individual must be self-employed or a member of a partnership. They must have...

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Trade credit insurance scheme to close in June

It has been confirmed that the temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance (TCR) Scheme will close at the end of June. The scheme has helped struggling supply chain firms secure insurance protection during the pandemic. In a statement, the government and the Association of...

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Unemployment rate down in March

Despite the country still being in lockdown, the UK's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8% in the three months to March. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) unemployment fell by 0.1% from 4.9% in February. The number of payroll employees continued...

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Fourth self-employed grant available

HMRC has confirmed that the online service for applications for the fourth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is now open for claims. Applications cannot be handled by accountants or tax advisers and therefore must be submitted by the individual...

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