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New childcare funding choices
March 28th, 2017

The government have launched a new website aimed at parents who may be able to claim for support with childcare costs. The web address is https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/. How Tax-Free Childcare works Working parents will be able to apply, through the childcare service, to open an online childcare account. For every £8 that families or friends pay […]

Follow companies for free
March 23rd, 2017

If you want to keep an eye on documents filed with Companies House for a particular company, you can register for a new service that will do just that at Companies House. The new service is called “Follow” and it allows you to receive email alerts. Follow lets you receive email alerts of company transactions. […]

Reduction in the dividend allowance
March 21st, 2017

Unless there are further political objections, one of the few remaining revenue raising changes in the recent spring budget was the reduction in the £5,000 dividend allowance from April 2018. From this date the allowance will drop to £2,000. This measure will increase the tax charge for investors with significant, quoted share portfolios and the […]

Making Tax Digital – a step closer
March 16th, 2017

Another matter that received some clarification last week was the government’s move to implement MTD for the self-employed from April 2018. When the scope of MTD was first published it was proposed that the self-employed (including unincorporated property businesses) would need to commence the quarterly upload of summarised accounts data, direct to HMRC’s digital accounts, […]

Self-employed NIC increase
March 14th, 2017

Although there was little of substance to Philip Hammond’s budget last week, one particular issue caused some political controversy. It was the proposal to increase the National Insurance contributions for the self-employed from 9% to 11% over a two-year period starting April 2018.   From this date, April 2018, the weekly Class 2 contributions will […]

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