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  • Recognising genuine HMRC contact

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.Broadly, phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy source in an electronic communication. This is generally carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a…Read More

  • Losses in the first years of trade

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.If a new business makes losses in its first few years of trading, there may be scope to carry back those losses and set them off against other income received in the years prior to commencement of the trade. This is commonly referred to as 'early trade losses relief' and it…Read More

  • Probate fees changes abandoned

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.The government has confirmed that controversial increases in probate fees will not go ahead as planned. Fees will now remain at a flat rate, after proposals for a new tiered approach met with strong opposition on the grounds they amounted to a 'stealth tax' on bereaved families. Following a period of…Read More

  • Salary or bonus?

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.As 31 December approaches, many companies will be getting ready to tie up tax matters for their financial year-end and giving consideration to salaries, bonuses and dividends. Given current tax rates, paying a dividend rather than a salary will often be a more cost-effective way of withdrawing profits from a company.…Read More

  • November questions and answers

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.Q1. I have recently started running my own business providing training services. HMRC have advised me that VAT is not charged on the type of services I am providing. Does this mean that my services are zero-rated for VAT or actually exempt? Do I need to register for VAT? A. Although…Read More

  • November Key tax dates

    Newsletter issue - November 2019.2 - Last day for car change notifications in the quarter to 5 October - Use P46 Car 19/22 - PAYE/NIC, student loan and CIS deductions due for month to 5/11/2019Read More

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