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Business rates cut for pubs

The government have announced a £1,000 business rates discount for public houses The relief announced 27 January 2020, will be available to public houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000 and will apply for one year from April...

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Budget predictions 11 March 2020

Following the resignation of Sajid Javid last week, there has been much speculation on how this will affect the direction of the budget to be presented to parliament next month. Rishi Sunak, who replaces Sajid, is stepping into the Chancellor’s...

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Breathing space for those in debt

In a recent news story published to the Government website it was announced that a new breathing space period will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment....

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Tax-free gifts

There are certain gifts you can make that will not create a capital gains tax (CGT) charge, but care should be taken as there are exceptions. This article outlines some of the more common issues that need to be considered....

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Do you have a furnished holiday lets business?

Most property owners who let property under the Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) tax rules, submit their income and expenditure details on their tax return each year. This article considers occupancy, and the need to review occupancy of FHL properties each...

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We are out, but no immediate change

The 31 January has past and we are out of the EU. But what difference does this make and what is the transition period? The word “transition” is defined as: A change from one to another or the process by...

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Loans to directors and staff

If a company makes loans to its employees (including directors) there may be tax consequences. The same may also apply to loans extended to their family members. For example, the employer will have an obligation to report a beneficial loan...

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Don’t fall for this scam

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee....

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Pay-back to save tax

At first sight, company car drivers whose private fuel costs are met by their employers may seem to be onto a good thing, but there is a nasty tax hit… Enter, the Car Fuel Benefit charge. Let’s say the following...

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Current Advisory Fuel Rates

To assist with your calculations, see previous article, we have reproduced below the current, HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates. They are: These rates apply from 1 December 2019. Engine size Petrol - amount per mile LPG - amount per mile 1400cc...

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