IFS predicts tax rises of more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade

13 Nov 2020

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that taxes will need to rise by more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade to prevent Government debt from growing out of control. The widely-respected think tank issued the warning following the news that the Government’s Coronavirus response has cost more than […]

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HMRC called on to simplify the administration of tax reliefs

13 Nov 2020

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to simplify the process of applying for tax reliefs so that fewer taxpayers miss out. In total, the UK has 1,190 tax reliefs, that each require taxpayers to claim or make an election to benefit from them. The OTS in its […]

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HMRC warns taxpayers still aren’t ready for Making Tax Digital

13 Nov 2020

The Director of Making Tax Digital (MTD) at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that “not all taxpayers are ready for a digitalised tax system.” Roy Wallace spoke with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) about the implementation of the new digital tax system after HMRC was criticised by the Public House […]

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Daily penalties waived for Self-Assessment late filing

13 Nov 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it will not charge the usual daily penalties for late filing of 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax returns, which were due by 31 January 2020. HMRC says the move is in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the challenging circumstances taxpayers have faced in recent months. The daily penalties […]

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HM Revenue & Customs publishes further details of the Job Support Scheme

23 Oct 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published further details of the Job Support Scheme Open (JSS Open), announced by the Chancellor during his Winter Economy Statement in Parliament on 24 October and expanded upon in his later announcement in Parliament to support the new tiered COVID-19 approach. The JSS Open is intended to support businesses […]

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Accounting for mobile phone use

23 Oct 2020

During the last few months, to assist workers with working from home, many businesses have supplied a work mobile phone, but how should they account for this benefit? Typically, the provision of equipment, such as a mobile, could be considered a benefit in kind for tax purposes, however, an employee can benefit from an employer-provided […]

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Is the Government considering a National Living Wage freeze?

23 Oct 2020

New reports have suggested that the Treasury may be considering postponing a planned increase to the National Living Wage (NLW) rates next year. Under plans outlined last December by then Chancellor, Sajid Javid, the legal minimum wage paid to workers over the age of 25 was due to rise by 6.2 per cent from £8.72 […]

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Price of plastic bags in England to double to 10p

23 Oct 2020

The price of plastic bags in larger retailers in England will double from 5p to 10p from April next year. The 5p charge was first introduced in 2015 and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says that plastic bag use has fallen from 140 a year per adult in 2014 to four […]

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Latest SEISS grants introduce new qualifying conditions

23 Oct 2020

As part of the Government’s plan to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) for a further six months, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced new conditions that must be met. The scope of the extended scheme will now be much narrower, with the third and fourth grants being less generous for the self-employed. […]

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) writes to 3,000 employers over furlough claims

09 Sep 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reportedly writing to 3,000 employers over claims they have made for grants from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The ICAEW Tax Faculty says that HMRC began issuing the letters at the end of August to businesses that are suspected of having claimed more than they were entitled to […]

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