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A new leaf for autumn

While the government worked out its new and unexpected position over the summer in the aftermath of the election, many were left wondering what the implications are now across a range of business and personal tax planning. Towards the end of July the Treasury issued a guidance note outlining its intention to bring back many[…] Read more »

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A snappy start to summer

It’s been a rollercoaster year so far both politically and for tax planning, with the snap election for June and a subsequent snap Finance Act. The Treasury’s original 762-page Finance Bill – a record breaker – ended up as a slim line 148-page Act to speed its progress through Parliament prior to dissolution. So while[…] Read more »

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Best Practices for maintaining a virus-free Computer

I’m sure you are aware of the latest cyber-attack regarding the WannaCry virus which hit on Friday affecting the NHS and hundreds of other businesses globally. With this in mind DTE IT Support have put together a PDF with best practices on maintaining a virus free computer Some points to remember are: Make sure you[…] Read more »

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U-Turn On Self Employed Class 4 NIC Increases

Wednesday 15 March 2017   The Chancellor has announced on 15 March that he would not be going ahead with his Budget proposal to increase the National Insurance Contribution rates for self-employed people. In the Budget of 8 March 2017, he announced that Class 4 NIC rate for the self-employed would rise by 1% to[…] Read more »

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The Chancellor’s first – and last – Spring Budget

The 2017 Spring Budget will be the last of its type. Probably. The publication of the Finance Bill in the spring/summer of this year will presage a change in Parliamentary proceedings. A second Budget in autumn 2017 followed by a Spring Statement in 2018 marks the start of a process enabling Parliament to scrutinise tax[…] Read more »

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Spring Budget 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Budget against a backdrop of a more-buoyant-than-expected UK economy post-Brexit and improved tax receipts. Set against these were concerns about funding the NHS and social care, and the impact on business from changes to business rates. Here are some of the key tax and related[…] Read more »

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Making Tax Digital – what next?

Whilst there have been delays to Making Tax Digital (MTD) plans, it is clear that the matter is not going away. Over the coming months, all taxpayers will need to consider the implications of making the move to digital services in good time, so that they are up to speed when the proposals eventually become[…] Read more »

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A relevant life?

You don’t need to set up a group death in service scheme to leave a lump sum if a loved one dies. An alternative is to set up a relevant life plan. A relevant life plan is a ‘death-in service’ plan set up and paid for by an employer. These plans are covered by the[…] Read more »

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Autumn Statement 2016: all change for the Chancellor

The UK has experienced plenty of political upheaval this year with the EU referendum followed by a change of leadership. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Autumn Statement on 23 November– which also turned out to be his last. His surprise announcement was that after two Budgets in 2017, from 2018 onwards we will[…] Read more »

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Calling HMRC – is anybody there?

Only half of mid-sized businesses that contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by telephone and email felt that their problem was resolved correctly, according to a customer survey, and only 35% thought the time taken was acceptable. The telephone helplines were rated particularly poorly – just 32% of customers who used them were positive about[…] Read more »

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