Budget 2017, Episode 2

23rd November 2017

Leading up to yesterday’s Budget there was speculation that Philip Hammond would announce some major shake-ups to certain aspects of the taxation system. This was fuelled by the Budget earlier in the year being relatively uneventful and the political environment having changed substantially in the months since then. However, save for one change, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered another more

‘Staircase tax’ sees business rates on the rise

13th September 2017

Many small businesses have been on the receiving end of substantial business rate bills this year, as the government’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has started to act on the implications of a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that was delayed by two years. Some businesses which operate from different rooms or floors have seen particularly large increases in their bills, which more

Couples – beware of the stamp duty surcharge

30th August 2017

Are you or your spouse/civil partner considering purchasing a property? If so, it may be subject to the higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Before delving in to the detail, let’s first remind ourselves of what SDLT is. In simple terms, it is a tax on the purchase of land and property which is calculated as a percentage of more

Businesses warned of Auto Enrolment exemption scam

31st July 2017

Some employers have reportedly been caught out after spending £58 on ‘Certificates of Auto Enrolment Exemption’ that are actually a scam. The appeal of the certificates is that, for a relatively small fee, the employer is told they will be exempt from any and all Auto Enrolment duties. However, such an exemption does not exist for (almost) all employers. Therefore as more

New Tax-Free Childcare Scheme

11th July 2017

A new tax-free childcare scheme has been introduced this year allowing around 2 million households to reduce the cost of childcare, including self-employed parents. How does the new scheme work? Parents with children under 12 years old can open an online account and pay in the amounts they would like for childcare provided by a registered childcare provider. For every 80p that is more

Around The World In 80 Taxes: An Infographic

16th May 2017

Remember the last time you had an interesting conversation about tax? No, us neither – and we’re accountants! But once in a blue moon even taxes can raise a chuckle. In an attempt to prove taxes can – very occasionally – be fun, we’ve put together a list of the 80 weirdest taxes past and present from around the world. From a more