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Government Urged to Introduce Stamp Duty Tax Break For Downsizing

Government Urged to Introduce Stamp Duty Tax Break For Downsizing

The Government is facing calls to announce a stamp duty holiday for homeowners who seek to downsize. Saga polled 2,000 people over the age of 50 and found that 73% would support a tax break to help them move into a smaller property. Almost three-quarters (70%) said their motivation for downsizing was because their current … Continued

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Small Business Owners Hit Out at ‘Unfair’ UK Tax System

Small Business Owners Hit Out at ‘Unfair’ UK Tax System

Most small business owners in the UK do not think the tax system treats their business fairly, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). In a survey of 1,000 firms, 58% of SME owners said they think the UK tax system is unfair, with different tax rules applying to different types of business. More … Continued

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HMRC Announces Delay to Probate Fee Increase

HMRC Announces Delay to Probate Fee Increase

Changes to probate fees – due to take effect last month – have been delayed as Parliament wrangles to resolve the Brexit stalemate. Bereaved families currently pay a flat fee of up to £215 to obtain the grant of probate needed in England and Wales to administer estates worth more than £5,000. That system was … Continued

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First VAT-registered Businesses enter into Making Tax Digital

First VAT-registered Businesses enter into Making Tax Digital

More than a million VAT-registered businesses have now been mandated into the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, which came into force on 1 April 2019. Under the scheme, businesses that are registered for VAT with a turnover of more than £85,000 are required to keep digital records and submit their VAT returns using MTD-compatible … Continued

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Landlords Feeling the Pinch as Tax Measures Begin to Bite

Landlords Feeling the Pinch as Tax Measures Begin to Bite

Most buy-to-let landlords saw their tax bills increase in 2017/18, suggesting the effects of changes to mortgage interest relief were beginning to be felt one year after they were introduced. In a survey by Paragon, 58% of landlords said their tax bill for 2017/18 was higher than a year before, with an average annual increase … Continued

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Registering for Making Tax Digital for VAT

Registering for Making Tax Digital for VAT

MTD zero-hour is here. The moment has come: if your business has a taxable turnover above the VAT-registration threshold, which is currently £85,000, you’re now obliged to keep records in digital form and to file your VAT returns using HMRC-approved software. Software soft landing One concession made by HMRC is around the links between individual … Continued

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Apprenticeship ‘Starts’ Fall by a Quarter

Apprenticeship ‘Starts’ Fall by a Quarter

The number of people starting apprenticeships has fallen by 26% since the Government’s reforms to the apprenticeship system, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). In April 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) introduced several changes to the apprenticeships scheme, including a levy on large employers and a co-funding requirement from smaller … Continued

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Ministers Give Thumbs-Up for Probate Revamp

Ministers Give Thumbs-Up for Probate Revamp

Affluent families in England and Wales face paying probate charges of up to £6,000 from this month after ministers confirmed it as a fee rather than a tax. Families have been used to paying flat fees of up to £215 to obtain the grant of probate needed in England and Wales to administer estates worth … Continued

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Government Consults On New Stamp Duty Surcharge

Government Consults On New Stamp Duty Surcharge

The Government is considering introducing a new stamp duty surcharge, which is designed to clamp down on overseas wealth being used to buy homes in England. Ministers have expressed concerns that affluent foreign investors, particularly those buying properties in London, have been driving up house prices for domestic buyers. Figures from the Land Registry showed … Continued

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BWM Spring Update Seminar – 30 April 2019

BWM Spring Update Seminar – 30 April 2019

BWM Chartered Accountants are hosting a Free Charity Spring Update Seminar on Tuesday 30 April from 9am. Full details are provided here Timings: 9am to 12noon Venue: The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool City Centre, L1 3BT Complimentary breakfast pastries and drinks will be provided on arrival with a break for refreshments mid-morning. Booking is … Continued