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Tax gap lowered according to HMRC

HMRC has published figures that show the tax gap for the 2016-17 tax year was 5.7%. The tax gap is basically the difference between the amount of tax due and the amount of tax collected by the

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M&S lose expensive VAT case

The First-Tier Tribunal recently heard an appeal that considered the correct VAT treatment of a promotional offer by the retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S). The issue concerned a frequently run

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Self-assessment second instalment due end of July

Taxpayers that make payments on account should be aware that the second payment on account for 2017-18 is due on or before 31 July 2018. The amount due for payment is usually the same as the first

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Is the email really from HMRC?

HMRC continues to warn taxpayers to be aware of email phishing scams. Phishing emails are used by fraudsters to access recipients’ valuable personal details, such as usernames and passwords. Whilst

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Are you on track to qualify for a full State Pension?

Anyone aged 16 or over and at least 30 days from their State Pension age can request a State Pension statement from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). The statement provides an estimate of

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Payment deadlines for VAT Annual Accounting Scheme

The VAT annual accounting scheme is open to most businesses with a turnover of up to £1.35m per year. Businesses that use the scheme are only required to file one VAT return at the end of each year.

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Plumber wins landmark gig economy case

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's decision and confirmed that a plumber who was classed as self-employed was actually a 'worker'. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Pimlico

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Impact on pensions of maternity leave

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has published a “Maternity Leave Spotlight” outlining the impact on pensions of maternity leave. It also covers what happens when the employee returns to work and

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Dormant assets scheme to be expanded

The Government has announced that the dormant asset schemes is to be expanded to include to a wider set of financial assets including stocks, shares, pensions or bonds. The government has appointed

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VAT reverse charge may be coming to the construction sector

HMRC has launched a new consultation inviting comments from interested parties regarding the introduction of new VAT reverse charge legislation for certain construction services. The new legislation

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The maternity allowance

The maternity allowance is a financial benefit for pregnant women who are self-employed, who are working but do not qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) or who have recently stopped working. The

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Claim back pre-registration VAT

There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registers for VAT. This type of VAT is known as pre-registration input VAT. There are different rules for

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