Changes to tackle CIS abuse

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The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as contractors and subcontractors. Under the scheme,

R&D tax relief for SMEs

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There are two schemes for claiming R&D tax relief – the Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Scheme and the R&D Expenditure Credit (RDEC) Scheme for large companies.

The SME scheme offers more generous reliefs to qualifying companies. The

New Plastic Packaging Tax for 2022

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The government announced plans as part of the Spring Budget 2020 measures to introduce new measures to tackle the scourge of plastic waste by introducing a new Plastic Packaging Tax. It has now been confirmed that the new tax is expected to come into

Help to Save bonuses

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The Help to Save scheme was launched by the government in September 2018 to help those on low incomes to boost their savings. Under the scheme, those eligible could save between £1 and £50 every calendar month and receive a 50% government bonus. The

Child Trust Fund court fees waived

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Children born after 31 August 2002 and before 3 January 2011 were entitled to a Child Trust Fund (CTF) account provided they met the necessary conditions. These funds were long term saving accounts for newly born children. The first of these children

Internal Market Bill becomes law

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The UK Internal Market Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 17 December 2020 and came into force on 1 January 2021 following the end of the Brexit transition period. The new Act ensures that businesses can continue to trade seamlessly across all four

Outcome of EU trade negotiations

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Despite many expectations to the contrary, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced on Christmas Eve that the UK and EU had agreed an EU trade deal after four and a half years of strenuous negotiations. This is the first agreement the EU has ever

More Red-Tape

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True to predictions, Boris Johnson and his team achieved a trade deal with the EU to operate from 1 January 2021, and although there are generally no tariffs to pay on the movement of goods back and forth, this is far from free movement of

Happy New Year

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There really hasn’t been much to feel merry about during the recent holiday period.

Lock-down and the need to socially distance has kept many of us under virtual house arrest.

Thankfully, the recent announcement that the Oxford vaccine has been

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