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R&D Investment Grows to £23.7bn in 2016/17

R&D Investment Grows to £23.7bn in 2016/17

Businesses in the UK spent £23.7 billion on research and development (R&D) in 2017, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS found that year-on-year expenditure on R&D increased by £1.1bn – or 4.9% – compared to statistics for 2016. Firms in the pharmaceutical sector continued to have the … Continued

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OTS Calls For Inheritance Tax System to be Digitised

OTS Calls For Inheritance Tax System to be Digitised

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has urged the Government to implement a digital system for inheritance tax, following complaints the current form-filling system is too complex. On average, there are around 570,000 deaths in the UK every year, although inheritance tax is due on less than 5% of estates. Although the majority of estates … Continued

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Advisory Fuel Rate For Company Cars

Advisory Fuel Rate For Company Cars

These are the suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 December 2018. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. Engine Size Petrol Diesel LPG 1400cc or less 12p     8p (7p) 1600cc or less   10p   1401cc to 2000cc 15p   … Continued

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Need Help With Tax Enquiries?

Need Help With Tax Enquiries?

You might be chosen for an enquiry due to the nature of your business, where you live, the property you rent out or perhaps because HMRC has decided to target your particular profession. However, a proportion of enquiry cases are selected completely at random. You can read our guide on HMRC Reviews and Enquiries here. … Continued

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Brexit Guidance From HMRC

Brexit Guidance From HMRC

New HMRC guidance on a no-deal Brexit has outlined steps British businesses need to take right now if they are importing or exporting goods. According to this HMRC guidance, there are three steps UK businesses need to take now: Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.  Businesses will need an EORI … Continued

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) Update from HMRC

Making Tax Digital (MTD) Update from HMRC

HMRC have made this announcement this morning confirming that MTD for VAT is still coming into force from next April for most VAT registered businesses. The introduction of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) service for VAT from April 2019 will be a major step towards HMRC’s ambition to become one of the world’s most digitally … Continued

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Critics Urge Delay in Rollout of MTD

Critics Urge Delay in Rollout of MTD

Leading tax bodies have joined the House of Lords in calls to delay the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for all taxes, less than three months before it’s due to come into force for VAT. MTD is finally due to commence on 1 April 2019 for VAT-registered businesses with an annual taxable turnover of … Continued

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Christmas is The Time for Giving

Christmas is The Time for Giving

Those thinking about making gifts at Christmas should take advantage of the various inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions and reliefs available to them. Note that certain gifts can also have capital gains tax (CGT) implications. The IHT annual exemption – use it or lose it! Although not particularly generous at £3,000 per donor per annum if … Continued

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Small Retailers Get Business Rates Boost

Small Retailers Get Business Rates Boost

Small retail businesses in England will see a reduction to their business rates, as announced in Budget 2018. Business rates will be reduced by a third for many retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000 for two years from April 2019, subject to state aid limits. The Chancellor said this will mean “an annual … Continued

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IR35 Reforms to be Extended to the Private Sector

IR35 Reforms to be Extended to the Private Sector

Contractors could face a higher tax bill from April 2020 when reforms to IR35 legislation are set to take effect in the private sector. This is expected to raise more than £3 billion between 2020 and 2024, as self-employed individuals who fall within the rules, and the businesses engaging them, will face a higher tax … Continued