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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.


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.


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).


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!


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.


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.


The Free TV Licence for the over 75s

The row over the BBC’s decision to scrap universal free TV licences for the over-75s has not only focused on the impact on those affected, but should a younger demographic (whose consumption of traditional TV continues to decline) be expected to pay for a service that the bulk of their older viewers (average age 62) get for free?


New Xero banking changes for small businesses

You may have seen the news that new EU standards are due to take effect from 14 September 2019, giving people more control of their banking data and how it’s used.


How to have a tax-free staff party

We’ve just had our annual summer event (shuffle boarding in Shoreditch – which we highly recommend!). it’s a great way to break up the year (and that long wait to the Christmas party) but it’s also a chance to bond more closely with your colleagues, and celebrate your achievements in the first half of the year.


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