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Current passport fees

13/05/2021

Travel options for going abroad are slowly starting to reopen. From 17 May 2021, international leisure travel from England will no longer be illegal but strict border control measures remain in place. There are 3 different levels of restrictions for travelling abroad and returning to the UK based on traffic light system designation of...

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Jobseeker’s Allowance

13/05/2021

The Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for those usually aged over 18 who are either not working or who are currently working less than 16 hours per week. Applicants must be capable of working and actively looking for work. There are three different types of JSA. However, two of these JSAs, the contribution based JSA and...

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Taking money out of a limited company

13/05/2021

There are a number of ways a director can extract money from their limited company. The money can usually be withdrawn in one or more of the following ways. For most directors, the optimum way to minimise personal tax liabilities will be using a combination of these methods. Salary, expenses and benefits Dividends Director’s...

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IHT immediately chargeable transfers

13/05/2021

There are special rules concerning the liability to IHT on a transfer made during a person's lifetime. Most gifts made during this period are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. The gifts or transfers achieve their potential exempt status if the...

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Charging VAT on discounts and free gifts

13/05/2021

When VAT registered traders issue an invoice to a customer, they must seek to ensure that the correct rate of VAT is charged. Whilst most businesses in the UK charge VAT at the standard rate of 20% there are a number of different VAT rates and exemptions that need to be observed. In the UK, there are three separate VAT rates, the...

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Importing goods into the UK

13/05/2021

There are special procedures for importing goods into the UK. Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the process for importing goods from the EU effectively mirrors the process for all other international destinations. Businesses, especially those that only trade with EU, should be aware of the rules and be working...

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Holiday update

11/05/2021

As lockdown is being eased and opportunity to holiday opens, we felt it might be useful to set out bank holiday dates for the UK regions for the rest of this year. England and Wales - 2021 Date Day Holiday 31 May Monday Spring bank holiday 30 August Monday Summer bank holiday 27...

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Taxing your car

11/05/2021

The instructions to tax your car on the GOV.UK website is reproduced below: To tax your car, motorcycle or other vehicle you will need to use a reference number from: a recent reminder (V11) or ‘last chance’ warning letter from DVLA your vehicle logbook (V5C) - it must be in your name the green ‘new keeper’ slip from a logbook if...

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Reminder to look out for tax credit renewal packs

06/05/2021

HMRC has begun sending the annual tax credit renewal packs to some 2.5 million tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. The packs are being sent out over the next 6 weeks and should be with recipients by 4 June 2021. A renewal is required if the pack has a red line across the first page...

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Mobile phone exempt costs

06/05/2021

When an employee incurs costs for the provision of mobile phones to employees it is important to understand the correct tax treatment of these expenses. This includes costs for phones provided to employees and reimbursement of employee’s own phone costs. As a rule, the provision of one mobile phone to a director or employee for private...

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