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Reinforcing the Prevention of Fraud In The UK
Protecting both the economy and individuals ...

    

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Disclosure of Capital Gains Tax Liability on Share Sales
Required by HMRC ...

    

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British ISA: A Solution For Boosting The Country's Economy?
I believe it could happen soon ...

    

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Referral Program Discounts Are Subject To VAT
Failure to charge VAT can lead to penalties ...

    

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HMRC to Fine Over 1 Million for Missing Self-Assessment Deadline
Resulting in potential penalties of £110 million ...

    

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Changes To Accounts Preparation And Filing Requirements
Strengthening transparency and tackling economic crime ...

    

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National Apprenticeship Week 2024
Unlocking skills for life ...

    

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The Mass Return To Office Work in 2024
A look into the future ...

    

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Millions Expected To Miss Self-Assessment Tax Deadline
Is HMRC becoming a drag on the economy?

    

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The Impact of Leap Years on Employment
What employers need to know ...

    

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Inflation Surge Is A Concern For The Economy
Up to 4% since November 2023 ...

    

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Side Hustles Face Tighter Tax Regulations
Time to declare your additional income ...

    

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Despite The Economic Storm Clouds, Will the UK Have a Good 2024?
A need for determination and strategic investment ...

    

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How Is National Insurance Changing?
Calculating how much you'll pay ...

    

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Changes to Human Resources in 2024
Review your policies to ensure compliance ...

    

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HMRC's Latest Tax Debt Strategy
What business owners need to know ...

    

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HMRC's Decision To Close Tax Return Helpline Is Unbelievable
Their customer service is already questionable ...

    

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Small Business Owners Feel They Have Nobody To Confide In
The Business Godparent is always here to help ...

    

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Many Thousands More To File Tax Returns for the First Time
Due to frozen thresholds and rising incomes ...

    

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Less than 1% Of Taxpayers Pay 24% Of All Income Tax And CGT
There are concerns the truly wealthy may leave ...

    

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Essendon Christmas 2023 Opening Hours
We'll be taking a well-deserved break ...

    

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A UK Strategy for Economic Growth
Unlocking the country's investment potential ...

    

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Changes in Criteria for Self-Assessment
What you need to know ...

    

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The Biggest Ever Increase To The National Living Wage
Has just been announced ...

    

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How to Plan an Inclusive Work-Related Social Event
Celebrating your employees ...

    

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Navigating the National Insurance Changes
from the Autumn Statement ...

    

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Get Our Autumn Statement 2023 Summary
What did the chancellor announce?

    

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The Reporting Obligations Around Salary Advances
Navigating the complexities ...

    

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New Businesses Wasting Two Weeks A Year On Admin!
And billions of their own money too ...

    

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Get Ready for the Autumn Statement 2023
What could the Chancellor announce?

    

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How Labour Shortages Are Holding Back UK Businesses
It's threatening economic growth too ...

    

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The Smart Way To Implement An Office Dress Code
Balancing professionalism and personal expression ...

    

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Are Your Sales And Marketing Processes Costing You Business?
A guest post by Julie Futcher ...

    

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Navigating the EU Carbon Border Tax
UK businesses at risk ...

    

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A Closer Look at the UK's Surging Tax Payments
The Unseen Tax Raid Impacting UK Households ...

    

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The Digital Shift: HMRC Phases Out Paper VAT1 Forms
Streamlining VAT registration in the UK ...

    

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A Guide to Understanding and Utilising Fit Notes
Top tips for employers and line managers ...

    

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King Charles III's Reign Ushers in a New Era of Currency
The UK's tribute to nature and the monarchy ...

    

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The Rising Inheritance Tax Burden in the UK
Rishi Sunak's plan for reform ...

    

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A Significant Boost to the National Living Wage in 2024
Rising to two-thirds of average earnings ...

    

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How Interest Rate Hikes Might Impact the UK Housing Market
It's the butterfly effect ...

    

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The Impending Tax on Inherited Pensions
What you need to know ...

    

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CGT: The Exodus Of Landlords And The Shrinking Exemption
Cuts and the changing landscape of UK taxation ...

    

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Safeguard Your Business With Right-To-Work Checks
Navigating the legalities of employment in the UK ...

    

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HMRC Increases Tax Investigations Across the UK
What this means for small businesses and freelancers ...

    

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Preparing Your Workplace for This Year's Viral Threats
Managing COVID-19 and other viruses ...

    

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Many British Employers Are Hiring Refugees
Ukraine and Hong Kong come out on top ...

    

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Navigating the Digital Pound: What You Need to Know
An accountants perspective ...

    

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The Hidden Costs of Call Connection Services
How simple Google searches result in huge bills ...

    

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HMRC: Problems with SME Research and Development claims
At least half are non-compliant ...

    

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HMRC's Increasing Collaboration with Informants
A step forward in combating tax evasion ...

    

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UK Economy: We May Need Higher Interest Rates
Is the Bank of England being overzealous?

    

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A Week Of Ups And Downs In The UK Economy
But there are signs of recovery in certain sectors ...

    

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Will Generative AI Give The UK A Productivity Boost?
We live in interesting times ...

    

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Can I Liquidate My Company With A Bounce Back Loan?
Yes, but you have to be careful ....

    

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HMRC Raises Interest Rates Again
Another hike ...

    

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Retirement Planning: What Are The Alternative To A Pension?
Do you even need one?

    

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Record Amounts of Capital Gains Tax
A bumper year for the Treasury ...

    

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The Tax Implications Of Buying A Second Home
It can generate a significant income ...

    

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Looking After Your Employee's Health Before They Get Ill
How can you support them?

    

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Company Credit Cards And Electric Vehicle Charging
Is there a taxable benefit? How about NIC?

    

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Letters To HMRC Left Unanswered For More Than A Year
I've had direct experience of this ...

    

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Employing Children And Young Workers
You can, but with a number of limitations ...

    

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HMRC's New Late Payment Interest Rate
The highest for 15 years ...

    

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Keeping On Top Of The National Minimum Wage
Will you be named and shamed?

    

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When Can You Rely On HMRC Guidance?
Mostly, unless they change it ...

    

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Does Raising Interest Rates Actually Bring Down Inflation?
It's a lot more complicated than that ...

    

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Tax Gap Steady, But Loss To Errors And Carelessness Rising
Not from Essendon clients though ...

    

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How To Apply For Additional Energy Bill Support
If you're eligible, remember to apply soon ...

    

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Businesses Urged To Unite As Fraud Cases Rise 25%
New statistics have revealed higher losses ...

    

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Government To Limit The Length Of Non-Compete Clauses
This will be well-received by many ...

    

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Mental Health: Are You Addicted To Tech?
Employers can take the lead ...

    

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HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline Closed!
For three months ...

    

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HMRC Rolls Out Self-Serve Time-To-Pay For VAT
There are rules though ...

    

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HMRC's Crackdown On Gifts To Social Media Influencers
Is VAT now always applicable?

    

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HMRC: Changes To Self-Assessment Criteria
Now under review ...

    

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Should I Pay To Top Up My State Pension?
You need 35 years of NICs ...

    

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Dividends: What Records Do You Need To Keep?
And how do you distribute them?

    

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HMRC Late Payment Interest Rate Reaches Seven Percent
Following recent BoE base rate increases ...

    

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Government Responds To Professional Bodies Concerns
Regarding HMRC service standards ...

    

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How To Close A Limited Company And Minimise Any Tax
Ensuring a smooth business wind-up ...

    

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PSAs: New Digital Tools For Employers
A new era for PAYE Settlement Agreements ...

    

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Cash Remains King As Businesses Gear Up For Growth
Keeping an eye on your cashflow ...

    

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Corporation Tax Rises By Six Percent to 25%
Only 30% of businesses should be affected ...

    

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Happy Birthday Value Added Tax!
So many glorious years of VAT ...

    

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Significant Changes To Business Rates Following Consultation
HMRC decides on additional obligations for ratepayers ...

    

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HR Implications Of The King’s Coronation
It's not that far away ...

    

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HMRC: Travel And Subsistence Expenses
All you need to know ...

    

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The Advantages And Disadvantages of A Private Limited Company
Seek professional advice to make an informed decision ...

    

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HMRC: Thousands Of Tax Payers Will Soon Be Moved To Digital Filing
No more paper based self-assessment ...

    

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Managing Mental Health And Wellbeing In The Workplace
April Is Stress Awareness Month ...

    

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Undeclared Swimming Pools in France uncovered by AI
Will HMRC get their own ideas?

    

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The Art Of Managing Employee Sickness Absence
How do you handle absences?

    

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HMRC Understaffing Crisis Impeding Economic Progress
Will they listen to us about staffing levels?

    

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Tax Exemption for Recommended Medical Treatment of Employees
Demonstrate your commitment to your employees ...

    

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Capital Gains Tax: Reducing The Annual Exemption Amount
Will you be affected?

    

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Deadline To Top Up National Insurance Contributions Extended
Do you have any gaps in your NI record?

    

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What Pension Reforms Did The Chancellor Announce?
They may improve productivity ...

    

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Get Our Budget 2023 Summary
What did the Chancellor announce?

    

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Do You Need To Update Your Tax Code?
What to do if it is incorrect ...

    

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HMRC: A Friendly Reminder About VAT Penalties
A firm yet fair new system ...

    

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VAT And Duty Implications Of The Windsor Framework
Fixing the failings of the NI Protocol ...

    

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Year-End: Are You Aware Of Your Reliefs And Allowances?
Getting your year-end tax planning right ...

    

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What Is An SME?
Hugely important ...

    

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11 Examples Of Startup Business Costs
To help move your business forward to success ...

    

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Make Time To Pay Arrangements Online And Avoid Calling HMRC
Do you meet the criteria?

    

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Treasury Sets Out Plans To Regulate Crypto
Better Legislation is needed ...

    

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The High-Income Child Benefit Charge
Do You Owe HMRC Money?

    

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Don't Forget To Claim Working From Home Tax Relief
Claims can be backdated if you forgot ...

    

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Net Zero: More To Be Done With Tax Policy
MP report has 129 recommendations ...

    

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HMRC Campaign Targets Income From Online Marketplaces
And digital content too ...

    

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HMRC Trials Intelligent Text Messaging With Taxpayers
Some may get stuck in a loop of doom ...

    

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Recession 2023: It Will Be Tough, But Transformational
How your business can weather the storm ...

    

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How Can Your Business Weather The Storm Of 2023?
The Business Godparent can be your lighthouse ...

    

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Energy Bills Discount Scheme: Details And Eligibility
Some prior claimants are no longer eligible ...

    

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Alcohol Duty Frozen For A Few More Months
Something to cheer you up this Blue Monday ...

    

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The Importance Of Customer Reviews
They are so powerful ...

    

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Companies House Warning On Scam Emails
Do be careful ...

    

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A New Year Message From The Business Godparent
Better times are around the corner ...

    

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New King Charles Bank Notes Revealed
Circulating in 2024 ...

    

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HMRC Announces Phased Implementation Of MTD For ITSA
Introduction to be delayed ...

    

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HMRC: Exclusions For 2021-22 Self Assessment Online Filing
I summarise the commonest exclusions ...

    

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Time To Pay: Pay Your January Tax Bill In Instalments
But do get it sorted soon ...

    

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Making Tax Digital For Income Tax Self-Assessment
Otherwise known as MTD for ITSA ...

    

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On The Bumpy Road To Economic Stability
Times are tough for investors ...

    

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Plan Your Staff Rewards For Christmas
Gratitue goes a long way ...

    

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The Rise Of Unretirement For Older Workers
Is this the next HR trend?

    

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Your Business And The National Grid's Planned Power Cuts
What if the blackouts actually happen?

    

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How Can Employers Avoid Losing Staff?
The basics of an employee retention strategy ...

    

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Get Our Autumn Budget 2022 Summary
What did the Chancellor announce?

    

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Significant Changes To R&D Tax Reliefs From April 2023
With a continued focus on tackling abuse ...

    

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Offering Electric Vehicles To Your Employees
Is it worth it now?

    

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HMRC Nudge Letters To Persons Of Significant Control
Do you have any undeclared tax?

    

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Rising Card Payment Costs And How To Mitigate Them
The card payment companies have an effective monopoly ...

    

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Prepare For Upcoming Changes To VAT Penalties
And interest charges too ...

    

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Can Rishinomics Repair The UK Economy?
We need some positive signals soon ...

    

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The New Chancellor Reverses Emergency Budget 2022
A week is a long time in politics ...

    

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The Business Godparent Newsletter Autumn 2022
Welcome to the 15th edition ...

    

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High Inflation Is Inevitable After The Pandemic
We live in interesting economic times ...

    

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Over 800,000 New Businesses Created In The UK This Year
And that's despite the economic stress ...

    

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NIC Reversal Leaves Little Time For Employers
And software developers too ...

    

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Weakened Pound: What Does It Mean For Your Business?
Although there is a silver lining ...

    

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IR35 To Be Scrapped From April 2023
Flawed from the start ...

    

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The Government's New UK Growth Plan
Chancellor announces radical shake up ...

    

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New Government Support For Business Energy Bills
All hands to the pumps ...

    

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HMRC: Variable Direct Debits For PAYE And NIC
Delayed, now starting in October ...

    

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We're Closed For Her Late Majesty's Funeral
Time to pay our respects ...

    

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Tax On Charging Company-Provided Electric Cars
Guidance is conflicting ...

    

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Liz Truss: Our New Prime Minister
Over 10 years in Cabinet ...

    

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Capital Gains Tax And Transfer Of Assets On Separation
Does it still apply? And how long for?

    

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UK To Cut Import Tariffs From Some Of World's Poorest Countries
Starting January 2023 ...

    

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Small And Medium Enterprises Are Vital To The Economy
They contribute a massive amount ...

    

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Reasons To Continue Marketing Through A Recession
A guest post by Terry at Bubble Creative ...

    

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HMRC Interest Rates For Late Payments To Be Revised
Following the BoE interest rate rise to 1.75% ...

    

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Managing Capability With Hybrid Workers
Being proactive with your team ...

    

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Recovery Loan Scheme Announces Five New Lenders
A boost for struggling businesses ...

    

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All About Registering A Trust In 2022
Essendon can help you with that ...

    

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Business Strategy And Team-Building Day
Time for some spy games ...

    

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VAT: Input Tax That Cannot Be Reclaimed
A complicated and confusing subject ...

    

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Victims Of Ransomware Face Problems With Tax Deductions
HMRC may not see payments as legitimare expenses ...

    

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Succession Planning For The Firm
And for you too ...

    

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Move To The Customs Declaration Service To Continue Importing
CHIEF will close for import declatations soon ...

    

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Lessons We Can All Learn From The Prime Minister's Resignation
You don't want to find yourself like Boris ...

    

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Looking After Your Staff During Spells Of Extreme Weather
Are there legal temperature thresholds?

    

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High Income Child Benefit Charge May Cost You Your State Pension
Have you opted-out of claiming?

    

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Devolved Tax: What Is The Difference Between The Nations?
Here are a few important examples ...

    

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National Insurance Changes From the 6th of July
Employees can now earn £12,570 a year ...

    

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HMRC: Business And Non-Business Activities For VAT Purposes
A new two-stage test ...

    

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How Can You Protect Your Business Against Fraud?
Love Business, Hate Fraud ...

    

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The Key Reforms To Companies House Legislation
Keep up to date with these changes ...

    

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HMRC: Upcoming Changes To VAT Penalties And Interest Charges
Rolling out from the start of 2023 ...

    

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HMRC: One In Five Tax Refunds Is Being Delayed
Because of furlough and fraud ...

    

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How To Use Less Fuel When Driving
Zen and the art of motoring efficiency ...

    

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Should We Be Worried About Monkeypox?
Next pandemic or a flash in the pan?

    

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Model Form Articles: Is It Time For A Review?
When one director is not enough ...

    

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Year-End Calculations And Return Of BiKs For 2021-22
Filling in your P11D and calculating NICs ...

    

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Chancellor Announces Cost Of Living Support Measures
Who will he help?

    

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Protect Your Business: Why It Pays To Prepare For An Economic Crisis
Key areas to think about ...

    

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How UK Businesses Can Offer Work To Ukrainian Refugees
The Government releases new guidance ...

    

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The Business Godparent Newsletter Spring 2022
Welcome To The 14th Edition ...

    

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Self-Assessment Tax Returns For Landlords
Do you need to file one?

    

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What The Interest Rates Rise Means For Your Mortgage Repayments
The Bank of England are trying to curb inflation ...

    

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Spring Statement Confirms Changes To R&D Tax Reliefs
This is a very positive move ...

    

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HMRC Highlights Financial Support
Some may be helpful ...

    

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UK Zero Rates Tariffs In Ukraine Trade Support Package
And new Russian products on the ban list ...

    

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Treasury Unveils Plans For An Online Sales Tax
The pandemic changed the way we shop ...

    

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HMRC Is Now Looking For Overclaimed SEISS Grants
Have you made an amendment?

    

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Would You Consider Getting A Chip Implant?
It just feels like you're being pinched ...

    

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Ensure You Claim Child Benefit
Or you could miss out ...

    

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Tax Loophole On Second Homes Closed
Business rates relief will be harder to claim ...

    

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Bad Debt And Rent Renewal
What can you do?

    

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Changes To VAT Penalty Regime Delayed Until 2023
HMRC is still committed to it though ...

    

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Self Assessment And Ukraine Crisis Fraud Prompts Warnings
The scammers are always out there ...

    

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Requirements For Keeping VAT Records Under Making Tax Digital
For all VAT-registered businesses from April 2022 ...

    

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Preparing For April: Changes To National Minimum Wage
And Living Wage and other payments ...

    

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The Chancellor's Spring Statement 2022
A short, but handy guide ...

    

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Ukraine Crisis: The Cyber Threat From Russia Is Real
How protected are your business networks?

    

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Chancellor Sets Out Low Tax, Higher Growth Economic Vision
Will it all be in the Spring Statement?

    

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Tax Relief For Charitable Donations
What reliefs can you claim?

    

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Companies House Reform White Paper Published
Tackling fraud and reducing crime ...

    

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Year-End Tax Planning for 2022
A few useful reliefs ...

    

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Final Claims For The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
Back to normal from the 25th ...

    

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UK Government Sets Out Plans For Living With Covid
It's all about personal responsibility ...

    

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Repay Your Bounce Back Loan If You Shouldn’t Have Got One
Investigations are underway ...

    

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Making Tax Digital For VAT Expansion From April
The deadline is fast approaching ...

    

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