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22 Oct 2018

Considering cryptocurrencies and their benefits

The Treasury Select Committee has called for ‘greater regulation’ of cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets following a significant rise in their popularity.

24 Sep 2018

National insurance contributions: where are we now?

Class 2 national insurance contributions (NICs) were due to be abolished in April 2019. However, the government has now announced that Class 2 NICs will not be abolished during this Parliament.

21 Aug 2018

Requirement to Correct: disclosure deadline approaching

There is often a lot of confusion surrounding offshore assets. Many people believe that if they do not bring money into the UK, it is not taxable. However, this is only the case for non-domiciled taxpayers.

19 Jul 2018

Taking a look at mobile-first indexing

Google has introduced ‘mobile-first indexing’, and has been rolling it out since the end of March. Mobile-first indexing is a new way that Google analyses searches on its system, and prioritises mobile-responsive websites containing mobile-friendly content.

22 Jun 2018

Don’t put your business at risk: create a business continuity plan

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently warned that UK small firms are ‘unprepared’ for disruption risks posed by both internal and external factors. Here, we consider some of the most significant risks to businesses, and outline some key steps to creating an effective business continuity plan.

22 May 2018

Changing priorities – analysing HMRC’s delays to digital tax initiatives

On 30 April 2018, HMRC shared a statement about how it is prioritising change in the department.

23 Apr 2018

Preparing your firm for the introduction of new data protection regulations

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. A lack of knowledge will not be deemed an acceptable excuse for not having safeguards in place.

12 Mar 2018

Don’t leave your firm vulnerable to cyber-attacks

With recent government figures revealing that the average cost of a cybersecurity breach for a small business is £1,570 and £19,600 for a large firm, having effective measures in place to safeguard your business against cybercrime is crucial.

20 Feb 2018

Incorporation and the reduction in the Dividend Allowance

The incorporation of a family business may be attractive, with the corporate tax rate at 19% for FY 2018 (i.e. from 1 April 2018).

16 Jan 2018

The Marriage Allowance – or the Transferable Allowance for married couples

Some of your clients may be aware of this possibility, and it has been in the news recently, as the government states that two million entitled couples have not claimed the transferable Marriage Allowance. Now may be a good time to consider whether they can claim this relief.

18 Dec 2017

The devolution revolution is here - examining the changes made by the Scottish and Welsh governments

The Scottish government recently outlined a series of changes to its tax policy within its Draft Budget 2018-19. Amongst these amendments were changes to income tax rates and bands, and the creation of a new relief for first-time homebuyers. Here, we analyse the alterations made by the Scottish government, and consider them in the wider context of devolution in the UK.

27 Nov 2017

Getting to grips with the new Criminal Finances Act 2017

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 came into effect on 30 September 2017, making companies and partnerships criminally liable for failing to prevent their employees from facilitating tax evasion. Here, we outline the key points to consider to help ensure that you and your clients avoid the facilitation of tax evasion.

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