Government consultation on combatting avoidance of zero hours contract legislation, Transfer of self assessment to Gov.UK website.
28/08/2014

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This time of the year is often referred to as the "silly news season" because Parliament is in recess and, whilst the Scotland debate continues,...

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Zero Hours Contracts
28/08/2014

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     The Government are consulting on introducing legislation which will ban “zero hours” contacts because they are being abused with some employers issuing them...

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Self Assessment
28/08/2014

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      On the 21 August HMRC’s Self Assessment pages moved from the HMRC website to the Gov.UK website as part of the Government’s objective...

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HMRC Spurious letters advising employers of overpayments, Age discrimination and voluntary redundancy.
19/08/2014

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As our readers will be aware, banks will generally raise financial penalties if the account holder makes a mistake such as temporarily exceeding their overdraft...

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Overpayments of PAYE
19/08/2014

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   Last week one of our accounting clients, processing payrolls for many clients, drew our attention to a plethora of letters they had received from...

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Age Discrimination and Voluntary Early Retirement
19/08/2014

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      Ms L Palmer was employed by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Bank were restructuring the division where Ms Palmer worked and she...

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OTS Review of Expenses and Benefits – Final Report
12/08/2014

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At the Autumn Statement of 2012, the Government indicated it was to ask the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to review ways in which the...

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Have Your Say on the National Minimum Wage
12/08/2014

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In June, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) set its remit to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for recommending National Minimum Wage rates...

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Agent Update 43
12/08/2014

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HMRC have published their latest Agent Update (August 2014).  The Update is their bi-monthly round-up of the latest developments in tax, HMRC service and Consultations,...

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Antenatal Leave Changes
12/08/2014

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   Section 7 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (Clause 127) extends the mother’s rights to antenatal leave to the father.  However, the right...

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Adoption Appointment Changes
12/08/2014

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     Section 7 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (Clause 128) provides that the primary or sole adopter who has been advised that...

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Tax Credit Renewal Deadline Extended, Scheme Reconciliation Service, Welsh Income Tax, and NS&I and HMRC to Work Together on Tax-Free Childcare Accounts
05/08/2014

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I was watching 14 year-old Matthew Dixon in the 10m platform diving at the Commonwealth Games on the weekend and thinking how this young man...

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Tax Credit Renewal Deadline Extended
05/08/2014

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   For information only, HMRC announced last week that, as a result of strike action by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the deadline...

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Scheme Reconciliation Service
05/08/2014

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    HMRC have provided an update on the Scheme Reconciliation Service that is available for pension administrators and trustees.  This Service will help them reconcile...

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Welsh Income Tax
05/08/2014

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    The Wales Bill continues its Parliamentary process through the Commons, having had its second reading at the end of July.  The Bill is now...

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The Health and Work Service (HWS)
05/08/2014

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    On 25 July 2014, the Government announced that their new Health and Work Service in England and Wales will be delivered by Health Management...

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HMRC and NSI to Work to Deliver Tax Free Childcare
05/08/2014

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      In August 2013 the Government launched a Consultation on the implementation of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.  This is due to go live in...

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