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Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person to get their personal or financial information. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details. If you are unsure if you have received a bogus email or text from the HMRC. Please follow the link for a current list of digital and other contact issued from HMRC. ...

With the end of the tax year looming there is still time to save tax for 2019/20. Make full use of your ISA allowance - ISAs can offer a useful tax free way to save, whether this is for your children's future, a first home or another purpose. Individuals may invest up to a limit of £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year. Savers have until 5 April 2020 to make their 2019/20 ISA inv ...

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that employees will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one when self-isolating rather than having to wait until day four under the SSP waiting days rules. The change will be included in a package of measures, to be introduced by emergency legislation, to deal with coronavirus. Updating Parliament on the Government ...

Employees are allowed to claim tax relief on their annual professional fees or subscriptions to some HMRC approved professional organisations. The costs are tax deductible generally where the individual must have membership to do their job or it is helpful for their work. Where the fees are paid by the individual's employer this will not generally result in a benefit in kind ch ...

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The government has confirmed that parents who suffer the loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks' statutory leave. Under the new entitlement working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will get two weeks' statutory leave and where they meet the necessary conditions a legal right to two weeks' paid bereavement leave. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, stated: ' ...

The leaders of the UK and European Union signed the Withdrawal Agreement, and the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. However the UK is now in the transition or implementation period during which time it is 'business as usual' as the UK is covered by EU rules until the end of the year. By 2021 the UK aims to have agreed a deal on future arrangements with the EU and the rest of t ...

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed it will introduce new rules in April this year that it says will make the costs of overdrafts clearer and easier to compare. The rules will mean banks can only charge for overdraft users a simple annual interest rate – without additional fees and charges. According to the FCA, seven out of ten overdraft users will be better ...

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The latest HMRC Agent Update includes guidance on the Structures and Buildings Allowance (SBA). This capital allowance is designed to provide tax relief for businesses and to support investment in constructing new structures and buildings and improving existing ones. The SBA relieves the construction costs for new structures and buildings used for qualifying purposes and the i ...

HMRC has just updated its guidance on the extension of existing off-payroll working rules (IR35) to the private sector, scheduled for April, with a new contractor factsheet setting out the changes.   Download Off worker - Contractor factsheet on IR35 rules   While the factsheet references the review the government has launched into the implementation of changes to the off-p ...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid has announced that the major review of all aspects of self-employment, promised in the Conservatives' manifesto, will include the proposed extension of the Off-Payroll working rules to the private sector from April 2020. Speaking on Radio 4's Money Box Election Special, Sajid Javid said that, as part of the review, he wanted in part ...

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