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Paying tax arrears? How does a ‘time to pay’ plan work?

Research from one of the UK’s top accountancy firms, backed up by HMRC data, showed that by the end of 2018/19 well over half a million companies and individuals were on ‘time to pay’ (TTP) arrangements. The major factors cited for this was Brexit and the slowing of the economy.

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Why new dads are not taking up shared parental leave

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced in 2015. The idea was that it would help parents share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory pay between them after the birth of their baby to allow them to take an equal sharing role in looking after their child taken either in blocks or all at once, either staggered between parents or taken together.

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Work-life balance tops employees wish list

People always aspire towards achieving the elusive ‘work-life balance’, but in 2019 there is an increased expectation as employees look to their workplace for more than just salary and perks.

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Making Tax Digital for VAT registrations see last minute surge

Businesses dashed to sign up for Making Tax Digital (MTD) before the first quarterly VAT submission deadline, according to figures released by HMRC.

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Will a tax on plastic packaging solve the problem?

The Treasury has promised to bring in a new ‘plastic tax’, and under these proposals, the tax will apply to all plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content which is manufactured in the UK, as well as unfilled packaging imported into the country.

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Supporting pregnant and new mothers against redundancy

Extended legal protections for pregnant women, new mothers and adoptive parents against redundancy, have been confirmed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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Electric car charge points coming to all new homes?

England could be the first country in the world to introduce mandatory electric car charging points for newly built homes - which could save drivers £1,000 a year!

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How to get help with your childcare costs

HMRC is running a new marketing campaign to raise awareness of its Childcare Choices website and the financial support now available to parents.

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Britain’s Legal services look to get their finances in order

You may have seen the recent article in The Lawyer Monthly, which discovered that many legal departments did not know how much they spent on external legal counsel leading to confusion, strained internal, and client relationships and mass overspends on agreed budgets.

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