Tax Refund Scams – What to look out for

Now that the Tax Return season has ended you may receive an email claiming you are due a tax refund. Be aware that it’s a scam to steal your personal details. Criminals are targeting the millions of people who file Self-Assessment Tax Returns online. The fraudsters are sending fake emails purporting to be from HMRC… Continue reading Tax Refund Scams – What to look out for

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

HMRC helps teenagers prepare for the world of work

Last June HM Revenue and Customs launched two educational videos which are aimed at preparing teenagers for working life. One of the videos will help 14 to 17 year olds understand what it means when they receive their national insurance number and the benefits of using a personal tax account. The other new video is… Continue reading HMRC helps teenagers prepare for the world of work

Tax Reminder 19th February 2019

The following Tax Events are due on 19th February 2019: Business Tax Events PAYE, Student loan and CIS deductions are due for the month to 5th February 2019 This deadline is relevant to employers who have made PAYE deductions from their employees' salaries and to contractors who have paid subcontractors under the CIS. Employers are… Continue reading Tax Reminder 19th February 2019

Gift Aid – The benefit rule

When someone makes a donation, you might want to give the donor something in return (an item or service) to say thank you. This is known as a ‘benefit’. Literature that tells donors what your charity does eg a newsletter, or a simple plaque to thank a donor, doesn’t count as a benefit. The value… Continue reading Gift Aid – The benefit rule