HMRC presses on with IR35 in the private sector

The Government has published draft legislation on tax changes affecting private sector contractors from 6 April 2020. The off-payroll working rules, also known as IR35, are aimed at preventing work that HMRC regards as "disguised employment". IR35 was reformed in the...

Government to protect cash payments

The Government has announced new plans to protect access to cash payments, following reports of increasing cash machine withdrawal charges. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said the Treasury, regulators, and the Bank of England will be brought together in a new group...

Complaints against HMRC to go online

By autumn 2019, taxpayers unhappy with the service they've received from HMRC will be able to email the Adjudicator's Office (AO), rather than having to write, fax or call. The AO is the independent watchdog that reviews complaints about mistakes, poor behaviour or...

Govt. updates online probate service

People applying for probate in England and Wales can now swear a statement of truth online, following reforms rolled out by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Previous to this, an oath had to be sworn in person at a solicitor's office or probate registry. It...

Grants available for exporting SMEs

Small businesses with hopes of exporting goods in 2019 can apply for Government funding to attend international trade shows. Applications for the Trade Access Programme, which provides grants of up to £2,500, opened with the Department of Trade on Friday 21 December...