Autumn Budget 2019

If there was a measure of stability in UK politics, we would be expecting the usual dispatch-box presentation by the Chancellor before Christmas. The annual budget is usually presented November each year. This may still happen this year, but present uncertainties regarding the Brexit outcome, and the present government’s slim majority may scupper that timetable – we may have two budgets...

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Why you may need an EORI number

The end of next month, 31 October 2019, is the latest deadline for our exit from the EU and the recent hiatus seems to be pushing the UK ever closer to a no-deal outcome. Accordingly, if you are involved in buying or selling goods to EU countries, you should apply now for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. Without an...

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Changes to contractor VAT from 1 October 2019

We have alerted building contractors and sub-contractors in previous newsletters of changes to the VAT rules from 1 October 2019. In a nut-shell, if you are subject to the Construction Industry Scheme and if you are registered for VAT, from the 1 October 2019 you may need to change the way you account for VAT on supplies between sub-contractors and their...

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Direct marketing director punished

If your company engages in direct marketing, you may want to consider the following case published by the Insolvency Service: A property renovation boss who caused his company to make more than 110,000 unsolicited marketing calls has been banned for five years. From its incorporation in August 2015, the company relied heavily on direct marketing techniques – cold-calling members of the...

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How fit is your business

In much the same way that we make judgements about our personal fitness: are we overweight, do we get enough exercise, do we eat the right food; similar judgements can be made about your business. There is also a raft of external pressures that we have to consider as individuals. For example, if you are about to run a marathon your...

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The 1972 Brussels Act has been repealed

If you doubted the resolve of our government regarding the implementation of the 2016 referendum the following announcement may clarify matters. The Government has signed into law legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972. The 1972 Act is the vehicle that sees regulations flow into UK law directly from the EU’s...

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Driving and staying in the EU after 31 October 2019

If, as our new government intends, we leave the EU after 31 October 2019, with or without a deal, what changes will drivers and travellers from the UK be likely to face when they cross the channel after this date? Bus and coach drivers According to the latest updates on the Gov.uk website bus and coach drivers will need to consider the...

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Muras Matters: The New Capital Allowances For Structures and Buildings

Background The Structures and Buildings Allowance (“SBA”) for new non-residential structures and buildings, announced by the Chancellor during the 2018 Budget, has recently been formally incorporated into the capital allowances legislation and claims can be backdated. Prior to the legislation being introduced, capital allowances were not available on the construction costs of buildings, although they have been available for plant and machinery that form an integral feature...

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Enhanced redundancy cover for parents

The present legal protections against redundancy is to be extended by six months for new mothers returning to work. Parents returning from adoption and shared parental leave will also be protected. The move comes in response to a government consultation which found that new parents continue to face unfair discrimination. Research estimates that up to 54,000 women a year felt they...

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Tax Diary August/September 2019

1 August 2019 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2018. 19 August 2019 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2019. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2019) 19 August 2019 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August...

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