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National living and minimum wages to rise in April

Both the National Living wage and National Minimum wage are set to rise from April. The National Living wage and National Minimum wage is set to rise by 6.2%, four times the rate of inflation, in what the…

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Do not change the payment date on your December payroll if you pay early for Christmas

We know that some employers will be paying their staff early for Christmas but it’s important to not change the date on your payment submission. If your business is closing early for Christmas or is not open at…

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Who should be in your work place pension?

Since they were introduced in 2012 more than 8 million people have been automatically enrolled into workplace pensions. Every business that employs staff who meet the criteria should be automatically enrolling workers into a pension scheme, deducting contributions…

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What business mileage can I claim?

We often get asked the question what business mileage our clients can claim back, and what tax they will have to pay on it if they do. Below we break down the differences between business mileage and private…

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What is inflation?

What is inflation?  How does it work?  Is it good or bad for business? We are often asked about inflation and the affect it has so here is our brief guide to the essentials you need to know:…

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Cheap and free staff benefits you can offer

We often hear from businesses that they can’t attract or retain the top talent they want because they can’t afford to pay the big salaries or benefits, and don’t know what perks they can offer.  The truth is though,…

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The labour market and wages continues to grow in strength

The UK labour appears to be going from strength to strength – but there are still some negatives. Wages growth jumped to 3.6% in the year to May 2019 which is the highest rate in over a decade, according…

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Don’t be caught out by payments on account for personal tax – know what you need to pay!

What are payments on account?  And who has to make them? So many business owners get caught out by payments on account, particularly in their first year of trading. When you become self employed, most of, if not…

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Do I need to file a personal tax return for 2019?

The 2018/19 personal tax year ended on 5th April and we are now in the 2019/20 tax year. Every year we are asked the same thing – ‘Do I need to fill in a tax return?’.  Here is…

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What does my tax code mean? 2019/20 edition

What exactly do all the numbers and letters in my tax code mean?  And what do I do if I think it’s wrong? HMRC generate your tax code based on the information that they hold about you and…

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