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Can your business save money by saving energy?

16th August 2017

Businesses of all sizes are always looking for ways to reduce expenditure and make a difference to the bottom line.

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Tips on buying or selling a business

14th August 2017

You might be ready to invest in a business, or it may be time to make that exit strategy a reality.

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Can outsourcing help your business to grow?

9th August 2017

Successful business owners tend to be those who recognise when it’s time to delegate.

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Weekend hacks that leave you ready for Monday morning

7th August 2017

It’s commonly heard at the water cooler on Monday morning: “I just wish the weekend could be longer.”

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Making your holidays work

1st August 2017

What’s best? A small business owner who shuts down for two weeks and gets some genuine rest and relaxation, or one who takes the business with them?

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Fit for business

19th July 2017

How successful leaders manage their health

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Making Tax Digital update

18th July 2017

HMRC has announced significant changes to the roll-out of its Making Tax Digital scheme, which was due to go live from April 2018.

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Is your coffee machine standing between you and success?

18th July 2017

It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. The way you look after your people can have an impact on their productivity, and that includes the drinks you provide.

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Fairs and festivals

13th July 2017

A growing number of businesses are selling goods on the move...

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Work less do more

12th July 2017

Studies elsewhere have shown that people working fewer hours are actually more productive..

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Is your business happy?

11th July 2017

There are many measures of a happy business – and you might think we are most interested in financial happiness – increasing turnover...

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Latest Employer Bulletin

10th July 2017

HMRC have issued the latest version of the Employer Bulletin.

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Employment related securities return deadline

10th July 2017

HMRC have stated there have been technical issues with their Employment Related Securities (ERS) annual returns online service.

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How to boost productivity in your business

5th July 2017

We all know that happy people are productive people, but did you know you can lift morale and increase efficiency with just a few simple changes?

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Should you do more to keep your employees active?

3rd July 2017

With research continuing to show a strong relationship between well-being and productivity..

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Selling second-hand items? Make sure your margin sums add up

28th June 2017

There are thousands of businesses across the country that are based on the trade of second hand goods...

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Giving up the day job - planning ahead for your property venture

21st June 2017

If you’ve had enough of the standard 9-5 working week, and you want to be your own boss..

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Find the right funding

13th June 2017

One of the worries we hear most often from our clients is how to find the right funding for the next stage of growth...

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What makes a great business plan?

9th June 2017

A good business plan is the key to securing investment and support for your new venture.

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Advisory fuel rates for company cars

8th June 2017

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 June 2017.

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P11D deadline approaching

8th June 2017

The forms P11D which report details of benefits and some expenses provided to employees and directors for the year ended 5 April 2017...

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Tax-free childcare & childcare options

7th June 2017

Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare...

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Why 'solopreneurs' are on the rise

6th June 2017

Today’s way of working is more fluid than ever...

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Practical Tax Tips

5th June 2017

Our Practical Tax Tips guide covers a range of tax topics.

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How are you managing your cash flow?

31st May 2017

Good cash flow management should be at the heart of every business, particularly start-ups and SMEs...

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Claiming home-related expenses when self-employed

26th May 2017

The majority of self-employed people work from home; either from a dedicated office space in their house or garden, or more often at the kitchen table.

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Relaxing Corporation Tax loss relief

24th May 2017

The government has introduced greater flexibility for company losses carried forward...

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Restricting Corporation Tax loss relief

24th May 2017

At the end of last year, the government announced a reform of the loss relief applied to Corporation Tax...

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Gossip at Pinewood

19th May 2017

Fans of Chris Pratt are enjoying his tweets ahead of the release of the next instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy..

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Changes in tax relief for residential letting finance

18th May 2017

If you are the landlord of a residential property which you let out, you need to be aware of changes in the tax relief on financing your property...

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Spring Budget Review

16th May 2017

Wise & Co clients will already have received our Spring Budget Review...

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Changes to the PAYE tax system using Real Time Information

12th May 2017

HMRC have announced that from the end of May 2017 they will be using Real Time Information (RTI)

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Tax-free childcare rolled out

10th May 2017

Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, launched on 28 April 2017.

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Owning a furnished holiday home

10th May 2017

Owners of properties that are let as furnished holiday accommodation can benefit from a range of tax reliefs...

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How to keep your IHT bill under control

10th May 2017

Is it time you started thinking about planning ahead to minimise inheritance tax?

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Tax efficient gifts to charity

3rd May 2017

Increasingly, people are gifting money to a favoured charity. Is it more tax efficient to give a financial gift to charity when you are alive...

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Enterprise Investment Scheme - Investors & Companies

24th April 2017

If you have some spare cash and want a tax efficient investment the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may be the one for you.

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Making sure your lottery win is always a win

18th April 2017

There’s nothing quite like the thought of winning big money on the lottery, which is why many people increase their chances by joining a lottery syndicate.

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Explaining VAT flat rate changes

12th April 2017

The government has made changes to the way VAT is applied to certain businesses...

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Businesses that benefit from an Easter treat

11th April 2017

All over the UK, businesses are gearing up for the Easter holiday...

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7 tax changes to look out for this spring

10th April 2017

Now that we’ve passed the start of the new tax year, there is a range of new tax information to take on board.

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Gender pay gap

7th April 2017

The government has introduced new requirements for all private and voluntary sector employers of over 250 people relating to equal pay reporting.

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National Minimum Wage rises again

6th April 2017

Employers need to ensure they are paying their employees at least the appropriate National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) rate.

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Reduction in the Dividend Allowance

6th April 2017

It was announced in the Budget that the Dividend Allowance will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018.

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New lifetime ISA

6th April 2017

The Lifetime Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a longer term tax-free account that receives a government bonus.

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What do you need to know about Salary Sacrifice changes?

6th April 2017

It's the beginning of the new tax year, and there are significant changes to those benefits paid for through Salary Sacrifice schemes...

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ATED for property developers

3rd April 2017

This regime applies an annual tax charge to all companies that own residential property...

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Non-UK domicile rules create IHT liabilities

29th March 2017

From 6th April 2017, many individuals who have previously been protected from UK Inheritance tax by foreign domicile...

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Apprenticeship Levy update

28th March 2017

As of April 2017, employers with a salary bill (excluding benefits in kind) in excess of £3 million...

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Making tax digital

27th March 2017

There are important changes ahead which will affect your tax affairs...

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Spring Budget 2017

9th March 2017

An overview of the key announcements

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Year end tax planning

7th March 2017

Options you may wish to consider as part of your tax planning strategy

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Construction Industry - subcontractor verifications

6th March 2017

HMRC have confirmed in the latest Employer Bulletin..

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Providing services to a public sector - off payroll working

6th March 2017

In the latest Employer Bulletin HMRC advise those providing services to a public sector...

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Over £9.2 billion released by pension freedoms

6th March 2017

Hundreds of thousands of savers have cashed in £9.2 billion..

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Employee motivation: Creating the right work environment

1st March 2017

Managers are a key influence on positive moral and employee motivation...

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Annual tax on enveloped dwellings

28th February 2017

You may have heard of the ATED regime which applies to all companies...

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End of year tax planning

21st February 2017

Back in the mists of time an astute politician...

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Pay the NMW - no excuses

9th February 2017

HMRC reveals 10 of the most bizarre excuses for underpaying workers the NMW

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Landlords to receive less tax relief on interest

7th February 2017

The amount of income tax relief available on residential property finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of income tax

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Tax helpline for people affected by severe weather and flooding

6th February 2017

HMRC have made available a new telephone helpline (0800 904 7900)

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Pensions auto-enrolment

5th February 2017

Thresholds confirmed for pensions auto-enrolment 2017/18

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Changes to business rates for non-domestic properties

24th January 2017

Usually every five years the government adjusts the value of business rates for commercial properties..

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Self-assessment deadline reminder

24th January 2017

The deadline for submitting 2015-16 self-assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2017...

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Government must 'change way tax and budget decisions are made', report urges

23rd January 2017

In a recently published report, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute for Government (IfG)..

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National Insurance changes - winners and losers

6th January 2017

Tax campaigners have warned that the abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions from April 2018 could result in the lowest earners...

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SDLT online refund procedures

5th January 2017

HMRC have introduced an online service to apply for a repayment of the higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for additional properties...

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No excuses for auto-enrolment mistakes say TPR

23rd December 2016

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers and their advisers, that they need to comply with their auto enrolment duties or face penalties.

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Advisory Fuel Rates for Company Cars

19th December 2016

New company car advisory fuel rates have been published which took effect from 1 December 2016.

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How could changes to the Pension Lifetime Allowance affect you?

12th December 2016

On 6 April 2016, the Lifetime Allowance for pensions was reduced from £1.25million to £1million.

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Employers can save on NI

9th December 2016

Employers can save money on their National Insurance bill thanks to changes to the regime.

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Phone Scammers' HMRC Con

8th December 2016

Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC have added threatening phone calls to their usual email and text scam methods.

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Tax Break for Savers

7th December 2016

Most people are now exempt from paying any tax on their income from savings following the introduction of the Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) in April.

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Expectation Gives Way to Caution in the Autumn Statement

All eyes were on Chancellor Hammond at the end of November as he delivered his first major speech to the House and the first financial statement post Brexit.

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New Rules on Liquidations

New rules now in force could significantly increase the amount of tax payable by shareholders when a company is wound up by way of a Members

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The New 'Simple' State Pension

The single tier state pension started on 6 April 2016, but even the Pensions Minister has doubts about how much of it the public really understands.

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Becoming a School Academy

Becoming an academy can be a daunting process, particularly in the first year, with new financial responsibilities and a rigorous timetable for submitting reports.

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Inheritance Tax (IHT)

New inheritance tax changes were introduced in the second budget in 2015.

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Tax and Landlords

Legislation to be introduced gradually from 6 April 2017 will restrict finance cost-relief for individual landlords.

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Tax and Travel

Chancellor George Osborne presented his post-election Second Budget to the House of Commons in July, some of which affected business tax and travel.

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Sorry Excuses for Late Tax Returns

From hungry dogs to hard luck stories, HMRC has revealed some of the most bizarre excuses for late filing of tax returns.

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Pension Reforms - Death benefits

Sweeping pension reforms announced by the Chancellor in the 2014 Budget came into effect in April this year.

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Tax Relief Shake-up for Overseas Property Sales

People who live abroad and want to sell residential property in the UK now have to comply with new rules if they want to avoid paying Capital Gains Tax.

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New Transparency Rules will put an Extra Burden on Companies

A new law aimed at making it easier to see who owns and controls companies will bring with it far-reaching responsibilities and a lot of extra admin.

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