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Caps on income tax relief   In general terms, providing a business is undertaken on a commercial basis with a view to making a profit, tax relief should be available for trading losses incurred. It is usually possible to offset the loss against other taxable income from the same year, or the previous year. Other taxable income may include for…
Real living wage increase takes effect   The real living wage rate has increased by 20p per hour to £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London), which is higher than the UK-wide official National Living Wage for those over 25, currently set at £7.20, while those under 25 must be paid the national minimum wage (NMW). The Living Wage is independently-calculated…
Employment Allowance consultation launched HMRC have launched a technical consultation on proposals to restrict the Employment Allowance (EA) from employers of 'illegal workers'. The consultation is open for comments until 3 January 2017. Budget 2016 announced that from April 2018, the EA would be removed for one year from those who receive civil penalties for employing illegal workers. Broadly, the…
HMRC clarify pre-registration of VAT policy   HMRC have recently published Brief 16 (2016), entitled Treatment of VAT incurred on assets that are used by the business prior to VAT registration. Broadly, the brief aims to clarify when, and to what extent, VAT is deductible and what to do if the correct treatment has not been applied. A business registering…
The Autumn Statement 2016 Summary Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Statement 2016, which is the first major review of government finances since the EU Referendum, and Mr Hammond's first major statement since taking responsibility for the work of the Treasury in July 2016. As previously speculated, this will be Mr Hammond's only Autumn Statement as it was confirmed…
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