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Self-assessment returns for 2023-2024

We have just passed the filing deadline for the 2022-23 tax year, and any 2022-23 returns filed after 31 January 2024 will be subject to late filing penalties. However, this post is focussed on processing your returns for 2023-24 and the message is, lets get your...

Timing is everything

In a previous blog post we outlined the importance of reviewing your income before the end of the current tax year. The message was a simple one, any meaningful planning has to be implemented - for 2023-24 – before 6 April 2024, the end of the tax year. A similar...

Support for 38,000 pubs

More than 38,000 pubs will benefit from the six-month freeze on alcohol duty from 1 February 2024. According to HM Treasury: The great British pub receives further boost from I February as a six-month alcohol duty freeze to 1 August 2024 takes effect. This tax saving...

Keep an eye on your income for 2023-2024

As you are probably aware the 2023-24 tax year ends on 5 April 2024. Most of the opportunities to arrange your tax affairs in the most advantageous way end and action to reduce your tax payments must be taken before this date. Accordingly, we have less than two months...

Powers of Attorney Act receives Royal Assent

Reforms to simplify and streamline lasting powers of attorney are given Royal Assent. These legal agreements enable a person to grant decision making powers about their care, treatment or financial affairs to another person if they lose mental capacity. The Powers of...

State pension entitlement if you retire abroad

You can claim State Pension abroad if you have paid enough UK National Insurance contributions to qualify.  To make a claim you must be within four months of your State Pension age. You must choose which country you want your pension to be paid in. You cannot be paid...

Digital labelling of imports

Businesses are set to benefit from savings as import labels are made digital for the first time. New legislation to introduce digital labelling for British businesses to cut red tape and save millions in unnecessary regulation costs. Recognition of CE marking...

Update on Companies House changes

Looks like Companies House is morphing from passive registrar into a monitoring agency for the government. Changes that are likely to impact the business community from as early as March 2024 are listed below, extracted from a Companies House blog post, dated 22...

Spread the cost of tax payments

None of us has been exempt from the effects of inflation and cost of living issues in the past year. Which is why taxpayers who are obliged to register for self-assessment will be somewhat apprehensive as the deadline for paying any arrears of tax for 2022-23 and the...

Tax reminder for crypto asset users

With use of crypto assets growing, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging people to avoid potential penalties and check if they need to complete a Self-Assessment tax return for the 2022-23 tax year. Anyone with crypto assets should declare any income or gains above...