1. UK businesses must prepare for no deal Brexit, warns ICAEW

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned that businesses in the UK must prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Research carried out by the Institute has revealed that a fifth of UK firms haven’t considered the impact of Brexit on their business. Many business owners...
  2. Couples urged to claim free tax break

    HMRC is urging eligible married couples and civil partners to claim a free tax break worth up to £238 per year, as official data suggests that more than a million couples are missing out. According to the data, nearly three million couples have claimed the Marriage Allowance to date. The...
  3. Government publishes Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation

    The government has published draft legislation for Finance Bill 2018-19. The draft legislation is open for consultation, and ‘continues the government’s commitment to a competitive and fair tax system’. It includes plans that could potentially affect a range of taxes, from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to income tax. The...
  4. Business leaders call on Chancellor to review UK tax system

    In a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond, leaders of some of the UKs most prominent business associations have urged the government to undertake a review of the so-called “tax burden” that faces the finance industry and UK entrepreneurs. The letter, which has been signed by such groups as UK Finance,...
  5. Business groups call for urgent progress in Brexit negotiations

    As the EU Withdrawal Bill becomes law, business groups and unions from the UK and the EU have called for increased pace and urgency in Brexit negotiations. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have joined forces with EU organisations to call on the UK...
  6. Almost half of SMEs ‘unaware of Making Tax Digital’

    A recent report has revealed that 41% of small business owners are ‘still unaware’ of Making Tax Digital (MTD). Under MTD for VAT, from 1 April 2019 VAT-registered businesses with a turnover above the current VAT registration threshold of £85,000 will be required to file their VAT returns online, using...
  7. HMRC saves consumers more than 2.4 million in its fight against cybercrime

    Newly-published figures have revealed that HMRC has saved the public over 2.4 million by tackling fraudsters who trick consumers into using premium rate phone numbers for services that are supplied for free by HMRC. According to HMRC, criminals create websites that emulate its official site. These fake sites direct individuals...
  8. Think tank calls for major reform of buy-to-let market

    The popularity of the buy-to-let market is making it difficult for many people, including first-time buyers and families, to become home owners, according to a report by thinktank Onward. Although the government has curbed tax relief on mortgage interest and maintenance for landlords, the think tank believes that this is...
  9. UK tax gap falls to 33bn

    Recent figures from HMRC have revealed that the UK tax gap equated to 5.7% of total tax liabilities for the 2016/17 tax year. The term refers to the difference between the amount of tax that is theoretically payable to HMRC, and the amount that is actually received. According to HMRCs...

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