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Equity Release Explained

Equity release is a growing issue with clients asking about how best top go about it. In this article Roddy Kohn gives the pros and cons of the issue.

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Preparing for a No Deal Brexit : Guide to Exporters

HMRC sets out the steps clients will need to take in the event of  a No Deal Brexit of they are exporters.

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Tax Relief for Employment Expenses but don't get too excited

Tax Relief is available for certain employment expenses and Mark McLaughlin takes a look and uses the term "miserly" 

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MTD for Agents HMRC Update Number 1

The first HMRC Agent Update specifically for MTD only and it announces that Partnerships and Flat Rate Scheme users can now join the pilot.

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Self Assessment Tax Returns information 2017/18

Some interesting facts regarding 2017/18 Income Tax Returns and this being HMRC a reminder of the Penalty Regime.

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Private Records: Are they private?

A very detailed review of the powers HMRC has when it comes to asking "Private records"

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Trading Allowance

Everything you need to know about the Trading Allowance in one place from the team at the LITRG

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EU only traders and a no Deal Brexit

Letters sent to businesses that export only to the EU by HMRC detailing their take on what actions these businesses need to take in the event of a no deal Brexit.

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MTD going forward : the latest from HMRC

Latest letter from HMRC's Director of MTD for Business stating that MTD for Vat is going ahead as planned but it's not looking so certain for 2020 MTDfB. Read for yourself and decide.

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Setting up your Agent Services Account

The steps required to set up your Agent Services Account which will be required for all MTD functions as detailed by HMRC together with some important points relating to the process. 

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Director's Loan Account: No Turning Back

We understand about overdrawn Director's accounts and what that involves but Mark looks at where credits are made to the account and as ever it's not straightforward.

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Amend and Review the Loan Charge

The team from Qdos Contractor review the Economic Affairs Committee report into the 2019 Loan Charge and echoes the call for urgent action. Will it happen...

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Christmas Holidays

Christmas is coming and naturally people want to spend time with their families over the festive period but does it work for the employer? ACAS take a look.

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HMRC feeling generous this Christmas

The team from Informanagement take a look at HMRC's latest press release about a Christmas Bonus which is not all it seems.

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Genuine HMRC Contact and Phishing

The very latest from HMRC on how to spot the genuine article as it were purporting to be from HMRC. A lengthy but valuable article which covers all manner of interactions form HMRC and what to look for to check they are actually from HMRC.

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Good or Bad Tax Advice

Will seeking "professional advice" regarding tax planning involving an avoidance scheme help? HMRC look to "disqualified advice" to make their case.

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How to handle stress in the workplace

In 2015/16 nearly 500,000 employees said stress at work was making ill. What can be done to alleviate this? The team from ACAS take a look and offer some sound advice.

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BBC presenters fed to the IR35 Lion

They read the news, they present the news and they actually are making the news when it comes to their remuneration. Contractor Weekly look at the BBC and IR35.

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Why you need more than just social media

Nick Lewis points out that whilst marketing via social media is vital you ignore ore traditional methods at your peril. 

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Finance restrictions for rental income

Higher Rate Taxpayers are not the only ones effected by these restricrions as the team from CronerTaxwise point out.

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Micro-entity accounts: Your questions answered

Micro-entity accounts questions raised and duly answered in this detailed blog from Inform Direct.

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Budget 2018 : Support for Business

H M Treasury's fact sheet on the plans for helping out the High Street contained in the recent Budget.

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Budget 2018 : Plans for the High Street

H M Treasury's fact sheet on the plans to support businesses contained in the recent Budget.

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Whose Rental Income is it Anyway

 Mark looks at another Tribunal case regarding the split of Rental Income for jointly owned properties  and the 50:50 rule again comes under scrutiny.

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