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RATES AND ALLOWANCES

Posted 16th January 2018 at 12:27 pm

With the new year brings many changes and in this post, you can find out all about the tax rates and allowances that will apply for the year 2018/19 as well as changes to the income tax bands for Scottish tax payers.   Personal allowance The personal allowance increases to £11,850 for the 2018/19 tax year. As for 2017/18, the personal allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 by which adjusted net income exceeds £100,000. This means that anyone with income in excess of £123,700 in 2018/19 will not receive a personal allowance.   Marriage allowance The marriage allowance... Read more

Making Tax Digital: Reporting requirements for charities

Posted 22nd December 2017 at 11:51 am

Making Tax Digital will come into effect from April 2019 for businesses above the VAT threshold, whereas smaller businesses who fall under this threshold will not need to keep digital records or report to HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until 2020 at least. With all the updates there has been some confusion over what these new changes will mean for charities. The Charity Tax Group (CTG) recently met with HMRC and it has now been confirmed that at present there is no MTD charity exemption for VAT, but there will be an exemption for corporation tax. MTD for corporation tax... Read more

GDPR For Charities

Posted 15th December 2017 at 2:53 pm

  The General Data Protection (GDPR) will take affect from 25th May 2018. There has been a lot of information provided in the media regarding the new regulations, but this guide aims to help those who need to consider what it means for charities. Due to the advances in technology and how data is now handled, the existing EU data protection legislation has been revised and updated to increase protection for consumers. Organisations will now need to show that they comply with these new rules or rick facing fines, sanctions and damage to your reputation. All organisation operating within the... Read more

Who Is Responsible For GDPR?

Posted 27th November 2017 at 3:05 pm

GDPR In The Press There was a flurry of press coverage, interviews, radio and TV coverage recently as the ICO began their campaign to make businesses and other organisations aware that there is now less than 200 working days until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the new UK Data Protection Act become law on the 25th May 2018. Once more the responsibility for all things data related is expected to fall on the shoulders of the much maligned IT Department / Provider. As we have highlighted previously, the entire organisation has a responsibility. Who Will Be Affected By... Read more

BASE Movie Starring Alexander Polli Released Worldwide

Posted 6th November 2017 at 3:46 pm

The new BASE Movie has recently been released in UK cinemas, a project which we are very proud to have been a part of. Directed by Richard Parry and Produced by Michael Ford of Infinite Wisdom Studios and Executive Produced by Allan Niblo and James Richardson of Vertigo Films, BASE stars Italian-Norwegian Alexander Polli, famed for his hit YouTube viral video ‘Batman Cave Jump’ in Montserrat, Spain, and blurs the lines between fact and fiction to breath-taking effect. The iconic cave fly-through has so far racked up in excess of 14.6 million hits online for the rock-and-roll wingsuit pilot who... Read more

What Is GDPR & Why Do You Need It?

Posted 30th October 2017 at 1:42 pm

Why Do We Need the EU GDPR? The European Union General Data Protection Regulations (or EU GDPR for short) is the update to the current UK Data Protection Act. It will impact all business and how we deal with data online. Current Data Protection legislation was launched in 1998 and has improved the way businesses control our personal or sensitive data. Increasingly if you are like me, you find yourself questioning on a daily basis, why more and more people are able to gain my details and send me junk mail and spam, or monitor my activity on websites. How... Read more

Is Donald Trump an Alien?

Posted 23rd October 2017 at 3:19 pm

I went to a seminar recently where Merryn Somerset Webb, the Editor in Chief of UK Personal Finance Magazine MoneyWeek and writer for the Financial Times, was one of the speakers. I thought I would share a recent article by Merryn which states that yes, Donald Trump is in fact an alien. Not that in his real form he takes on the appearance of green skin and enlarged eyes (although some may beg to differ) but that stories of alien abductions in the 1980’s and 90’s actually foretold Trumps rise to power. Apparently alien sightings occur more frequently when society... Read more

When is a van not a van in Coca Cola v HMRC

Posted 13th October 2017 at 11:38 am

A judgement made last month by HMRC has been a cause for concern for many company’s supplying vehicles for their workers. HMRC has ruled in a first-tier tax tribunal that vehicles supplied by Coca Cola for their employees should be liable to different tax costs. What’s the issue? The question is whether the type of vehicle supplied by Coca-Cola to it’s employees is a “good’s vehicle” for the purposes of section 115(2) ITEPA 2003. Section 115(2) defines a “goods vehicle” as “a vehicle of a construction primarily suited for the conveyance of goods or burden of any description…” The Appellants... Read more

The GDPR and the Rules for You

Posted 4th October 2017 at 4:39 pm

Confused about the GDPR? Surely not… With so many blogs and training courses everyone is an expert… Do you really understand GDPR and the rules for you, the ‘Data Subject’? So when GDPR comes into force (in May 2018) our data will be better controlled and handled……..right? However, based on the many businesses and people we talk to, it is clear that there is still a huge lack of understanding about data, the GDPR and why it needs protecting… For this reason, it’s more than wise that we all as data subjects grasp and understand for ourselves what GDPR is, and what... Read more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ; Are you Ready?

Posted 22nd September 2017 at 2:25 pm

The General Data Protection Regulation – New requirements for all businesses!   European data protection laws are changing and come into force 25 May 2018. These new laws will affect all businesses in the UK and the current Data Protection Act (DPA) will be updated to reflect the GDPR obligations. The GDPR is a framework with greater scope, much tougher punishments and judicial remedy for those who fail to comply with new rules around the storage and handling of personal data, be it in physical or electronic format. Why are these new laws being introduced? Since the DPA was introduced... Read more