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HMRC plays fast and loose with IR35 rules

17th Apr 2019 Loose Women presenter Kaye Adams has triumphed over HMRC, which demanded £124,441 in PAYE and NIC from her personal service company on the basis that IR35 applied. This is the third in a series of cases involving presenters (following Ackroydand Lorraine Kelly) who were accused of not complying with the IR35 rules in respect…Read More

Festive décor is good for staff morale says study 3 December 2018.

New research has found that employee wellbeing and engagement increases in workplaces with Christmas décor. However, many companies don’t bother with Christmas decorations even though they are appreciated by employees and customers alike. A poll of 300 employees and managers by Ambius has found that one in six companies do not put up seasonal decorations in the…Read More

Tax self-assessment

The self-assessment tax return is an unavoidable burden if you are liable for self-employed tax or have complicated income tax affairs. Both self-employed business owners and company directors must complete self-assessment tax returns. While nobody particularly likes paying income tax, the right approach to your self-assessment tax return will minimise the aggravation and can reduce…Read More

VAT in the construction industry.

The way VAT is accounted for in the construction industry will change from 1 October 2019. Draft legislation has been published, along with a variety of guidance notes, explanatory documents and policy papers. In this article we will work through the new announcements and draw out some of the issues that businesses and their advisers…Read More

Budget 2018: Personal allowance increase arrives one year early.

Richard Hattersley Practice Correspondent AccountingWEB Philip Hammond supported his much-vaunted pledge that ‘austerity is coming to an end’ by bringing forward the government’s increase to the personal allowance a year earlier than planned. The Chancellor waited until the end of the speech to unveil his commitment to raise the basic rate tax threshold from £11,850…Read More

New HMRC Brexit guidance warns businesses to act now.

Francois Badenhorst Business editor Sift Media Share this content Tags European Union HMRC 11th Dec 2018 New HMRC guidance on a no-deal Brexit has outlined steps British businesses need to take right now, as gridlock and chaos continues to consume Westminster. The latest guidance follows on from guidance issued in September, also written by HMRC’s…Read More


By Isobel Moulder | Mar 29, 2018 | Category: Advice Productivity was reported as down in the UK in October 2017, and in Australia in January 2018, and whilst it was only marginally down in the US in the same month, there are always areas for improvement. But how do you go about making yourself and your team more productive? Here are four easy hacks…Read More


The growth of the accounting and bookkeeping industry in 2017 was simply immense. Subscriber numbers for QuickBooks Online hit 2.55 million worldwide in the first quarter alone, Xero made the move to the Australian stock exchange to expand their capacities, and Sage boosted their cloud offering with the acquisition of Intacct for $850 million. So what’s in the pipeline for the…Read More

Awareness of mental health in the workplace increases

Almost a third of business leaders (30%) have noticed an increase in the number of staff taking leave due to mental health issues over the past three years A similar proportion (33%) have also seen an increase in the length of time individuals are taking off, according to research from the British Chambers of Commerce…Read More

Countdown to MTD for VAT

 Accounting Excellence Talk_AccountingWEB  Hub Part of the Accounting Excellence 2018 hub Brought to you by Accounting Excellence John Stokdyk Head of Insight AccountingWEB In association with Share this content Tags Accounting Excellence Making tax digital Sage 7th Aug 2018  4 With just over nine months to go before VAT-registered businesses will be required to start preparing VAT figures…Read More

Inheritance tax take hits new high

Inheritance tax take hits new high  istock_stocknshares_aw Tom Herbert Editor AccountingWEB Share this content Tags HMRC Inheritance tax Office of Tax Simplification 7th Aug 2018  3 A new HMRC report has revealed that inheritance tax receipts hit a record high of £5.2bn over the last financial year, increasing 8% (£388m) year-on-year during 2017/18. The report,…Read More

HMRC issues warning on tax refund scams.

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings. The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017/18 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails…Read More

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