23-01-2020 New guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new technical guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work. It replaces previous guidance published in December 2017.
The new guidance explains employers’ legal ... read more
22-01-2020 Don’t be taken in by this scam
The Insolvency Service has warned that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee. These ... read more
22-01-2020 Disclosing VAT errors
Where an error on a past VAT return is uncovered, you have a duty to correct the error as soon as possible. As a general rule, you can use your current VAT return to make any necessary adjustment. However, there are three important conditions that ... read more
22-01-2020 Ways that HMRC can collect overdue tax
If you are unable to pay your tax bill or need time to pay then it is in your best interests to contact HMRC as soon as possible. For example, you can apply to HMRC to make a payment plan and seek to agree a way forward. This can be done through the ... read more
22-01-2020 HMRC publish strange late filing excuses?
A recent press release by HMRC has revealed some of the oddest excuses for submitting a late tax return, that have been made during the past 10 years. The excuses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and included:
My mother-in-law is a witch ... read more
22-01-2020 Relief for CGT losses
Usually, if you sell an asset for less than you paid for it you would make a capital loss. As a general rule, if the asset would have been liable to CGT if a gain had resulted when sold, then the loss should be an allowable deduction.
The exact ... read more
22-01-2020 When is a Will revoked?
We have previously covered the importance of making a Will and ensuring that assets are divided amongst beneficiaries in the way best suited to personal circumstances. One of the most important reasons for doing so is to ensure that individuals do ... read more
22-01-2020 Scottish 2020 Budget
Derek Mackay, Scotland’s finance secretary has announced that the Scottish Government’s Budget will be published for 2020-21 on 6 February 2020. The date has been selected in order to allow the Scottish Government time to prepare for the ... read more
22-01-2020 New taskforce to target waste criminals
A new taskforce has been launched to tackle serious and organised waste crime, such as dumping hazardous materials on private land and falsely labelling waste so it can be exported abroad to unsuspecting countries.
This will be the first time that ... read more
16-01-2020 Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and sick pay to rise from April 2020
According to proposals set out in a government policy paper, the revised rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP) for tax ... read more