HMRC sinks seafaring employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage

19 Jan 2018

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) applies even at sea, the Government has warned, as businesses attempt to sail away from employment legislation. In a new statement, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed that seafarers in UK internal waters must be paid at least the minimum wage – currently £7.50 for those over the age of […]

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HMRC reveals top tax return excuses ahead of January deadline

18 Jan 2018

Earlier this week, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published a list of some of the weirdest and most wonderful ‘excuses’ it has recently received over late tax returns. The list comes just days ahead of the Revenue’s looming self-assessment deadline, which falls on Wednesday 31 January 2018. HMRC officials are calling on taxpayers to ensure […]

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Cyber insurance on the rise, according to new report

17 Jan 2018

A fear of cybercrime among businesses has led to a boom in cyber insurance, according to a new report. The latest figures predict that the cyber insurance sector will grow at a rate of 27 per cent by 2022, with major players AXA, Allianz and Lloyds entering the marketplace. Meanwhile, insurer Hiscox said it saw […]

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How can SMEs improve workplace productivity?

16 Jan 2018

Several pieces of research published in recent days suggest that Britain’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly struggling with maintaining workplace productivity – but how can this be improved? According to a study carried out by STL Microsoft Training, many businesses are missing out on thousands of pounds due to ‘unproductive’ approaches to workplace […]

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Revenue aims for 100 serious and complex tax crime prosecutions by 2022

15 Jan 2018

With tax avoidance and evasion continuing to be high on the political agenda, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced its intention to achieve 100 serious and complex tax crime prosecutions by the end of the current Parliament in 2022. The announcement was included in HMRC’s Single Department Plan, published last month, which sets out […]

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Points mean penalties in HM Revenue & Customs late filing reforms

15 Jan 2018

A shake-up of penalties for late submissions and payments under the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme is to see a points-based system introduced, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. The new system is set to be introduced in tandem with the launch of MTD for VAT in 2019 and will see taxpayers receiving […]

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Don’t PIN your hopes on paying your tax by credit card

15 Jan 2018

If you have in the past paid your tax bill using a credit card, you will need to use a different method this year. That is because credit card payments to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have fallen victim to a Government initiative originally intended to make it easier to pay for goods and services […]

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Recently given your staff a gift?

15 Jan 2018

Maybe you have recently given your staff members a bottle of wine or a voucher to help celebrate the New Year or as a thank you for their services in 2017, but did you know this could be classed as a trivial benefit in kind? While the cost may not be ‘trivial’ to some, this […]

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