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

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

Tax free childcare

The Government is introducing Tax-Free Childcare for all eligible employees from autumn 2015. You will be able to register for the scheme direct with HM Government, open a childcare account, and receive 20 per cent support towards qualifying childcare costs, up to a limit of £2,000 per child per year. For more information please do not

Reduce your National Insurance Contributions by £2,000 a year

From the 6 April 2014, the introduction of the Employment Allowance could reduce your employer’s Class 1 National Insurance Contributions by up to £2,000 every tax year. Almost every employer who is a business or charity that pays employer Class 1 NICs on their employee’s or director’s earnings will be eligible HM Revenue and Customs claim