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Huge fines for employers stalling workplace pensions

5 Jul 2017

Around 800,000 small businesses are yet to enrol into the Government’s flagship pension scheme, new figures have revealed. The Pensions Regulator, which published the report, said nearly eight million employees are now saving into a workplace pension, but thousands of

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Rules on directors’ tax returns are not as clear you might think

5 Jul 2017

According to the gov.uk guidance, a director must register for self-assessment (SA) and send a personal SA tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) each year. However, this isn’t always the case. There are exemptions to this rule, one

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Opposing HMRC penalties on grounds of ‘reasonable excuse’

5 Jul 2017

Recent reports have shed light on some of the most unusual cases where self-assessment taxpayers have managed to successfully appeal late filing and late payment penalties issued by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). In one instance, a taxpayer named Magdalena

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The Inheritance Tax main residence additional nil-rate band

4 Jun 2017

A new additional nil-rate band of £100,000 for Inheritance Tax (IHT) on main residences, when bequeathed to a direct descendent, came into effect at the start of the new tax year in April 2017. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, this

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Software that makes you WannaCry – The importance of cyber security

1 Jun 2017

Last month more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were infected during the WannaCry ransomware attack, including the systems of a number of NHS trusts. This cyber-attack caused mass hysteria and crippled a number of businesses and organisations – often

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