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New Worldwide Disclosure Facility launched by HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced the creation of a new Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF) that will allow people to ensure their affairs are correct before the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) comes into force on in October 2018.

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More than a third of companies unaware of apprenticeship levy

New research from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed that more than one in three businesses have not heard of the apprenticeship levy.

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News - July

Emergency Budget

George Osborne presented his first Budget on Tuesday 22 June 2010.

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Capital Gains Tax Changes

A new rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) of 28% will be introduced. For individuals, the rate of CGT remains at 18% where total taxable gains and income, after taking into account all allowable deductions including losses, personal allowances and the CGT annual exemption, are less than the basic rate limit. The new 28% rate will apply to gains or any parts of gains above this limit.

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Standard Rate of VAT to Increase

It is proposed to increase the standard rate of VAT from 17.5% to 20% with effect for any supply made on or after 4 January 2011. The rate change does not affect either zero-rated supplies nor those supplies subject to VAT at the 5% reduced rate.

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HMRC Amend PAYE Penalties Guidance

At the start of the tax year new late payment penalties were introduced for PAYE and other payments due from employers. The new rules apply to almost all employers and contractors, whether they employ one or a hundred employees. The rules apply to monthly, quarterly and annual periods of PAYE starting on or after 6 April 2010.

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Keep Proper Records!

HMRC have recently issued a reminder about the various 'toolkits' that they have developed to assist agents when preparing returns. Although the toolkits are aimed at tax professionals, they highlight common errors and the steps that can be taken to reduce those errors. The first series of toolkits cover:

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HMRC Launch Tax Credit Video

Every year, tax credit claimants must renew their tax credit awards by 31 July or their payments may stop. Claimants on ‘nil awards’, and those receiving only the full family element of Child Tax Credit, will receive a statement of their 2009/10 award. If these details are correct no further action is needed and the claims are automatically renewed. However, if the details on the award statement are wrong, claimants must tell HMRC.

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Business Link Guidance for Farmers

Business Link has set up a dedicated new online service for farmers and growers. Whether they are starting up or looking to expand and diversify, the service will help:

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Maternity Rights for the Self Employed

It appears as though the self employed will become entitled to maternity leave for the first time under new laws introduced by the European Union (EU).

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