The missing budget 2019

It’s been an eventful few years in British politics, but 2019 has been something else again with one jolt after another. The 29 March deadline for the UK to leave the EU was extended to 31 October and then again until 31 January 2020. Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister and Sajid Javid… Continue reading The missing budget 2019

Protecting your business from fraud

Steps to shield your firm from threats. Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses. This worrying picture is backed up by the 2019 Fraudscape report compiled by anti-fraud body Cifas, which provides statistics for fraud committed by employees. The report read:… Continue reading Protecting your business from fraud

Stamp duty revenue down for HMRC

The Treasury’s take from stamp duty land tax fell by the largest amount since the start of 2008/09, government figures show. In England and Northern Ireland, HMRC collected £11.94 billion in stamp duty receipts on completed property or land purchases in 2018/19 – a 7% decline on the previous tax year. That represents the biggest… Continue reading Stamp duty revenue down for HMRC

Are you saving into your pension plan?

A government-backed pension provider is trialling emotive messages to nudge sole traders to start retirement saving. The messages from NEST aim to persuade the self-employed to sign up for pensions through payment or accountancy platforms or trade and industry bodies. Four messages are being tested to encourage savings behaviour, including ‘could you save £2.50 a… Continue reading Are you saving into your pension plan?