National Living Wage

From 1 April 2016 workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to a new minimum pay rate of £7.20 per hour, called the National Living Wage (NLW). HMRC are hosting a number of webinars for employers to find out about the changes and what needs to be done before 1 April 2016 to avoid penalties. 4th

New 0% ‘starting rate’ on savings income

The ‘starting-rate’ of tax for savings income is cut to 0% for the first £5,000 of savings income from April 2015. As a result most people with a total income of less than £15,600 will not pay any tax on their savings. People with income over £15,600 may have some of their savings interest eligible for the 0% starting

Summary of tax changes from Budget 2015 (Income Tax)

Income tax Personal allowance and basic rate limit 2016-17 and 2017-18. As announced at Budget, legislation will be introduced in Finance Bill 2015 to increase the income tax personal allowance to £10,800 for 2016-17 and £11,000 for 2017-18. The higher personal allowance for those born before 6 April 1938 will be removed with effect from 2016-17, so that everyone

Compulsory employee pensions. Are you ready?

Shortly the Pensions Regulator will be writing to all UK small and micro businesses to tell them about their new legal duties to automatically enrol their staff into a workplace pension. The letter tells employers when their staging date is. This is when their automatic enrolment duties come into effect and is set in

Do you have a second income or casual earnings?

Second Incomes Campaign HMRC has announced its latest Disclosure facility. The Second Incomes Campaign provides an opportunity for individuals in employment who also have additional income that is not taxed through their main job to disclose this extra income to HMRC and pay any additional tax. Examples of areas considered ‘second income’ by HMRC include:  fees from

Budget 2014 – A summary

Devil is, as always, in the details but the headline changes in the 2014 budget were: Personal tax For 2015 to 2016 the personal allowance for those born after 5 April 1948 will increase to £10,500 and the basic rate limit will be £31,785 for 2015 to 2016. For 2015 to 2016 the starting rate for savings