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May 2017

  • Automatic enrolment for pensions

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. To encourage workers to start building up retirement benefits, the Pensions Act 2008 introduced certain reforms requiring all employers to offer workplace pension schemes and to enrol eligible workers into their schemes. These reforms are commonly known as the 'automatic enrolment' provisions. Automatic enrolment is currently being phased in, starting…More

  • Tax-free savings update

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. Although interest rates for savings generally remain low, there are still a few tax-efficient savings opportunities on offer, with increased savings thresholds taking effect from 6 April 2018. Individual Savings Accounts Broadly, cash ISAs are available to investors aged 16 and over, who are resident in the UK, and stocks…More

  • HMRC launch consultation on employee expenses

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. As confirmed the Spring Budget 2017, HMRC have launched a consultation on the use of the income tax relief for employees' business expenses, including those that are not reimbursed by their employer. The main objectives of the consultation, which will run until 12 June 2017, are to understand: if the…More

  • VAT Flat rate scheme: changes take effect

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. The VAT flat rate scheme (FRS) is used by many small businesses to help simplify their VAT reporting obligations. Businesses could often gain a cash advantage from using the scheme, but this advantage has been significantly curtailed from 1 April 2017, particularly in relation to service-related businesses. Whilst the FRS…More

  • May questions and answers

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. Q. My company owns a car which is used during the day by various employees for business travel only. However, since there is no overnight parking facility at our business premises, one of my employees takes the car home each night and parks it outside his house. He does not…More

  • May key tax dates

    Newsletter issue - May 2017. 2 - Last day for car change notifications in the quarter to 5 April - Use P46 Car 19/22 - PAYE/NIC, student loan and CIS deductions due for month to 5/5/2017 31 - Deadline for copies of P60 to be issued to employees for 2016/17More

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