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On 9 March 2018 HMRC released the names of employers who have paid their staff less than the minimum wage.  They release this report quarterly and it is surprising how many businesses are on this list each quarter.  This time there are 179 businesses who have underpaid their employees between £100 and £133,000.  They don't report on underpayments less than £100 although that doesn't mean they don't take action.…
The new tax year starts on 6th April and with it comes changes to the tax rates and thresholds.  Here is a quick round up of what this might mean for you.…
Making Tax Digital for Business, now known as MTDfB, will begin in April 2019 but that doesn't mean you can forget it until then.  Now is the time to start thinking about what you need to do in your business to meet the new reporting requirements. MTDfB starts with businesses which are…
The recent demise of Carillion and the possibility of Toys R Us going in to administration because they can't pay their £15m VAT bill highlights how large as well as small companies struggle with cash flow.  All businesses rely on their customers to pay them for the work they have done so that they can pay their suppliers and their taxes.  A sale is not a sale until it is paid for but unfortunately businesses are liable for their taxes whether they have been paid by their customer or not.…
I have been asked several times recently how much to pay someone both in terms of a new employee and as a pay rise.  There are really 3 things to consider when you are deciding what to pay:…
Our recent seminar, New Year, New Business - A Guide for Startups, was very successful despite the unplanned power cut across our area that morning!  The presentation without electricity became a very relaxed informal discussion around the table.  Candles would have been good but the emergency light and a small window gave everyone just about enough light to make notes!  …
Employers should be planning ahead for the national minimum wage and pension contribution increases which will take effect from April 2018. The new rates will be:…
February 2018 sees the last group of employers reaching their Staging Date and auto enrolling eligible employees into a Pension Scheme. But what happens to those employers who haven't put a pension scheme in place by their Staging Date?  …
Some businesses have always added a surcharge to cover the cost of the fees charged to them by the companies who process debit and credit card transactions but from 13th January 2018 they are no longer allowed to add a charge to payments they take by card.…
We are already one week into 2018 but what did 2017 bring us that we can celebrate and learn from?…
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