Our lead article provides an update on changes to the pensions auto-enrolment regime. This entered a new phase from 1 October, with new employers coming immediately into compliance obligations. Further changes are on the horizon, with increases to minimum contributions due from April 2018. This makes a good time for employers to review their ongoing responsibilities under the regime...
Changes to pensions auto-enrolment
After much delay, the Tax-Free Childcare scheme will be launched to parents from early 2017.
Accidentally becoming a landlord
You may not think of yourself as a landlord - but do HMRC?
When an employee is in crisis
Research suggests that one in ten employees is likely to be affected by bereavement at any given time.
Making Tax Digital - plans for VAT
The detailed rules should be in place by April 2018, with a view to a start date of 1 April 2019.
HMRC computer fix for personal tax returns
You may have heard that HMRC computer systems have had major problems correctly processing some 2016/17 self assessment tax returns. Essentially, there have been so many changes to personal tax legislation that HMRC software has struggled to cope.
New data protection regime
Is your business prepared for forthcoming changes in the data protection regime? There has been extensive press coverage of the subject, but UK data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is now concerned about misinformation being circulated in the media.
National Minimum Wage – where are we now?
Falling foul of the National Minimum Wage rules can be expensive – as well as having serious implications for employer reputation. Many firms have been named and shamed for getting it wrong - are you compliant?
New HMRC online help for small business
HMRC have recently set up a new online forum and webchat facility to provide help for small businesses and the self employed.
Company secretarial duties update
The legal and administrative responsibilities involved in running a company are considerable, whether carried out by a company secretary, or another designated officer of the company. The advent of recent new legislation with regard to ‘persons with significant control’ adds further to the company secretarial burden. And as with other aspects of the company secretarial workload, there are significant penalties for getting it wrong.
New scheme to fund small business reports success
Many small businesses looking to expand can hit a brick wall when it comes to trying to raise business finance from traditional lenders like the high street banks. The government’s new initiative to address this problem recently reported a promising beginning.