Government launches small business micro loan scheme

As part of the government's measures to mitigate the economic damage caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a micro loan scheme for small businesses. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme will allow small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 to apply for up to £50,000, with the government guaranteeing 100% of the… Continue reading Government launches small business micro loan scheme

Employer Update

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2020 From 1 April 2020 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.72 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £8.21• £8.20 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.70• £6.45 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20… Continue reading Employer Update

Chancellor announces Budget date

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced that he will deliver the 2020 Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The 2020 Budget will be the first to be delivered after the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 January 2020. It is also Mr Javid's first Budget as Chancellor, following the cancellation of last November's planned… Continue reading Chancellor announces Budget date

Minimum wage rates announced

The Government has announced the largest increase since the National Living Wage was introduced two decades ago. The government has announced a 6.2% increase in the National Living Wage (NLW), which applies to workers aged 25 and over. From 1 April 2020 the NLW will rise from the current rate of £8.21 to £8.72 an… Continue reading Minimum wage rates announced

Time to switch to an Electric Company Car ?

Big benefits are coming from 6th April 2020 for company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle – there will be NO benefit in kind and so NO income tax on the car or fuel to pay in 2020/21 ! This is as a result of the changes to company car tax rates announced for… Continue reading Time to switch to an Electric Company Car ?

Changes to Capital Gains Tax Private Residence and Letting Reliefs

Who is likely to be affected? Individuals who own one or more residential properties that they have lived in as their main residence at any time. What are the main changes? This measure makes a number of changes to Capital Gains Tax, Principal Private Residence Relief (PPRR) where individuals have more than one residence.  Change… Continue reading Changes to Capital Gains Tax Private Residence and Letting Reliefs

Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Accountants can sometimes be seen as too expensive, or a luxury only needed for bigger companies, but there are a number of ways in which accountants are helpful for even the smallest of businesses. Saving Tax I was speaking to a business owner recently who had prepared his own accounts and tax return for a… Continue reading Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Stamp Duty Land Tax

If you are thinking of buying a house, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) could be one of the major costs that you need to consider. However it is not always payable on all properties or for all buyers.  For example, did you know that there are different rules if you are buying your first home… Continue reading Stamp Duty Land Tax

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