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From April 2019, Welsh taxpayers were assigned new income tax codes beginning with the letter 'C'. However, HMRC recently revealed that some Welsh taxpayers were mistakenly given Scottish income tax codes by their employers. As a consequence, Welsh taxpayers have been charged income tax using the Scottish income tax rates and bands.

A taskforce has recovered more than £5 million by tackling dishonest dog breeders selling pups on the black market. HMRC set up the taskforce in October 2015 after discussions with animal welfare groups that were concerned that tens of thousands of puppies were being reared in unregulated conditions and sold illicitly every year.

Entrepreneurs' Relief (ER) is a valuable tax relief for those disposing of a business... 

Structures and Buildings Allowances (SBA) were introduced in the 2018 Budget, with qualifying expenditure on buildings incurred on or after 29 October 2018 qualifying for the new SBA. Relief will be given at a flat rate of 2% over a period of 50 years. Expenditure on land will not qualify. 

HMRC has published a list of businesses that have not met their obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations.

A report by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) calls on the government to prioritise action to 'address long-standing concerns about the experience of smaller businesses'.

The Pensions Act 2008 brought the requirement for employers to enrol particular qualifying employees in a workplace pension scheme, and to make scheme contributions. This auto-enrolment regime provides for an increase in minimum contributions on set dates - sometimes called phasing.

For many business owners, the demands of running their business day to day mean they rarely have the opportunity to think about their long-term future. However, without taking some time to work “on” rather than “in” the business key questions can remain unanswered.

HMRC has issued details of the updated VAT fuel scale charges which apply from the beginning of the next prescribed VAT accounting period starting on or after 1 May 2019.

Acas has launched new guidance to help guard against age discrimination at work.


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