XeroCon 2019

Recently myself & Mike Waterfield attended Xerocon 2019 at the ExCeL arena in London. Xerocon was an amazing experience, full of product announcements, App demonstrations and glimpses into how artificial intelligence (AI) and computer learning will change our approach to bookkeeping and accounting. Xero can be connected to over 800 Apps. The leading Apps were… Continue reading XeroCon 2019

Christa Ackroyd loses IR35 appeal

Former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd has lost her appeal against a ruling that she was an employee, not a freelance contractor, when she worked for the BBC via a personal service company. The IR35 rules in broad terms mean that those working via a personal service company have to consider whether, if the services were… Continue reading Christa Ackroyd loses IR35 appeal

HMRC countdown: file your tax return

With less than 100 days until the self assessment tax return deadline of 31 January 2020, HMRC is urging taxpayers to complete their tax returns early, in order to avoid the last minute rush. HMRC report that last year more than 2,000 people submitted their tax returns on Christmas Day. Taxpayers should consider submitting their… Continue reading HMRC countdown: file your tax return

Hot Topic: Working off-payroll

From 6 April 2020, a change to the off-payroll (IR35) rules is expected. Draft legislation has already been published and further HMRC guidance is expected. The new rules will affect you if you work via your own personal service company (PSC), and off-payroll workers should be aware that their clients are likely to investigate the… Continue reading Hot Topic: Working off-payroll

Employer Update March 2019

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2019 From 1 April 2019 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.21 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £7.83 • £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.38 • £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18… Continue reading Employer Update March 2019

Law changes on tips for waiters

Restaurant owners are now banned from deducting money from tips earned by waiters and other staff. Tips can be paid to employees using the following methods: Cash received direct from a customer This is an allowable method of receiving tips, however the person receiving the tip is responsible for declaring and paying tax on the… Continue reading Law changes on tips for waiters

Spring Statement 2019: What you need to know

The Chancellor has presented his Spring Statement to Parliament – here's our summary of what he said. The UK economy continues to grow, with wages increasing and unemployment at historic lows, providing a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s economic future. Borrowing and debt are both forecast to be lower in every year than… Continue reading Spring Statement 2019: What you need to know