Stamp duty is back

The stamp duty land tax holiday in England and Northern Ireland has come to an end, more than 14 months after it first came into effect.  The tax break saw most buyers who purchased residential homes for £500,000 or less pay no stamp duty land tax until 30 June 2021, although landlords still had to… Continue reading Stamp duty is back

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?

IR35 in the private sector

Key considerations for contractors before April 2020. Large and medium-sized organisations have just six months left to prepare for changes to off-payroll working rules, which are due to extend to the private sector next spring.  From 6 April 2020, firms that engage private-sector contractors will be responsible for deciding if the rules should apply and… Continue reading IR35 in the private sector