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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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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 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 ...

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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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling on the government to address issues with the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC). The HICBC is designed to claw back child benefit where the claimant or their partner earns in excess of £50,000. According to LITRG some households think making a child benefit claim is not worthwhile if it will be clawed back in full via t ...

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The deadline for submitting your 2018/19 self assessment return is 31 January 2020. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in respect of their income tax, Classes 2 and 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC), capital gains tax and High Income Child Benefit Charge liabilities.   There is a penalty of £100 if a taxp ...

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HMRC has issued the latest Employer Bulletin. This issue includes articles on a number of areas including: guidance for employers on reporting PAYE information in real time when payments are made early at Christmas electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Ultra Low Emission Vehicle High Income Child Benefit Charge deadline 31 January Tax-Free Childcare payments up ...

Some employers may wish to give a small gift to their employees. As long as the employer meets the relevant conditions, no tax charge will arise on the employee. A tax exemption is available which should help employers ensure that the benefits provided are exempt and do not result in a reportable employee benefit in kind. In order for the benefit to be exempt it must satisfy t ...

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HMRC has published the October 2019 issue of the Employer Bulletin which contains guidance on a number of issues relevant for employers. Topics in this edition include: Changes for UK employers sending workers to the EU, the EEA or Switzerland PAYE Settlement Agreements and Welsh rate of Income Tax Guidance for employers on reporting PAYE information in real time when paym ...