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New guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work

23/01/2020 – The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new technical guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work. It replaces previous guidance published in December 2017. The new guidance explains employers’ legal responsibilities and the practical steps they should take to prevent and respond to harassment and … More...

Don’t be taken in by this scam

22/01/2020 – The Insolvency Service has warned that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee. These contacts are fraudulent. The Insolvency Service provides services to those affected by … More...

Disclosing VAT errors

22/01/2020 – Where an error on a past VAT return is uncovered, you have a duty to correct the error as soon as possible. As a general rule, you can use your current VAT return to make any necessary adjustment. However, there are three important conditions that must be met: The error must be below the reporting threshold. The error must not be … More...

Ways that HMRC can collect overdue tax

22/01/2020 – If you are unable to pay your tax bill or need time to pay then it is in your best interests to contact HMRC as soon as possible. For example, you can apply to HMRC to make a payment plan and seek to agree a way forward. This can be done through the Payment Support Service (PSS). If the payment of overdue tax is unresolved, HMRC can take … More...

HMRC publish strange late filing excuses?

22/01/2020 – A recent press release by HMRC has revealed some of the oddest excuses for submitting a late tax return, that have been made during the past 10 years. The excuses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and included: My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me. I was up a mountain in Wales and couldn’t find a post box or … More...

Relief for CGT losses

22/01/2020 – Usually, if you sell an asset for less than you paid for it you would make a capital loss. As a general rule, if the asset would have been liable to CGT if a gain had resulted when sold, then the loss should be an allowable deduction. The exact treatment of losses depends on whether they are: losses of the same year of assessment as … More...

When is a Will revoked?

22/01/2020 – We have previously covered the importance of making a Will and ensuring that assets are divided amongst beneficiaries in the way best suited to personal circumstances. One of the most important reasons for doing so is to ensure that individuals do not die intestate (without a Will). This avoids estates being distributed in accordance with … More...

Scottish 2020 Budget

22/01/2020 – Derek Mackay, Scotland’s finance secretary has announced that the Scottish Government’s Budget will be published for 2020-21 on 6 February 2020. The date has been selected in order to allow the Scottish Government time to prepare for the new tax year. This is the first time that Scotland has held a Budget before the rest of … More...

New taskforce to target waste criminals

22/01/2020 – A new taskforce has been launched to tackle serious and organised waste crime, such as dumping hazardous materials on private land and falsely labelling waste so it can be exported abroad to unsuspecting countries. This will be the first time that law enforcement agencies, environmental regulators, HMRC and the National Crime Agency have … More...

Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and sick pay to rise from April 2020

16/01/2020 – According to proposals set out in a government policy paper, the revised rates for statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory adoption pay (SAP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) and statutory sick pay (SSP) for tax year 2020/21 are to be as follows: the standard weekly rates of SMP, SAP, SPP and ShPP … More...

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