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Changes Employers Need to Know for 2019

Posted 14th December 2018 at 4:17 pm

  There are many changes on the way for employers in 2019 and beyond, some of which will come at an extra cost to businesses. Below we take a look at what to expect, so you can be prepared.   Automatic Enrolment Since being introduced in 2012, employers must ensure to enrol employees into a pension savings scheme. The enrolment means that workers and their employers are obligated to pay into a pension scheme, unless the employee chooses to opt out. In April 2019 the amount paid into a scheme will rise to 5% by employees and 3% by employers.... Read more

Top Tips for SME’s to End Late Payments

Posted 7th December 2018 at 12:25 pm

On average SME’s in the UK are paid 21 days late. This can affect a business’s cashflow, finance management and even mental health. Recent research has revealed that nine in 10 self-employed people, at least occasionally, worry about their financial situation. A third of these people said that these worries have caused them to lose confidence and to lose sleep. A parliamentary committee has this week called for a clamp down on poor payment culture affecting SME’s and freelancers. The recommendations in the report call for a requirement for all medium and large businesses to sign the ‘Prompt Payment Code’... Read more

Is your Cyber Security up to Code?

Posted 30th November 2018 at 2:38 pm

As part of the National Cyber Security Programme, The Government last year conducted a survey which revealed that 46% of UK businesses experienced at least one cyber attack or cyber security breach in 2017. Of these, 41% of cyber attacks were on large businesses but 45% occurred in Micro businesses and 66% in SME’s. These findings highlight the need for further security in small and medium sized businesses and better data protection practices.   Does being more connected increase the risk? The simple answer is yes. Recent years have seen a great increase in workplaces becoming more connected, physically and... Read more

Bah Humbug!

Posted 23rd November 2018 at 3:10 pm

  Will you be an Ebenezer Scrooge this year? As Christmas approaches you may be considering giving a little something extra to your employees. Perhaps you’ve considered a seasonal bonus for your workers or already have something in place, but how much thought was put into it when it was setup? Can you afford it and will help to incentivise workers like it should? We’re taking a look at what checks you can do to make sure a seasonal bonus scheme is right for your company and how to not make your employees feel like they work for Scrooge and... Read more

Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadline Approaches

Posted 16th November 2018 at 3:13 pm

Last year over 11 million customers completed a self-assessment tax return. 10.7 million of those were completed on time with 758,707 waiting until the deadline day to file. HMRC are encouraging Self-Assessment customers who will need to file a return to complete it as soon as possible and take some of the stress away from the busy holiday period. There are of course always those who do not complete their Return within the deadline, but they do come up with some very amusing excuses (none of which were accepted): I spilt coffee on it I couldn’t file my return on... Read more

VAT Changes for Construction Sector

Posted 9th November 2018 at 2:18 pm

  A new draft legislation has been published by the government outlining a new VAT reverse charge for certain building and construction services. The new legislation is designed to clamp down on missing trader fraud and will take effect from 1 October 2019.   Under the new rules, certain ‘specified services’, will hold the customer liable rather than the supplier to account for the VAT to HMRC in respect of the purchases. This ‘reverse charge’ will apply where payments are required to be reported through the Construction industry Scheme (CIS). It will apply through the supply chain up to the... Read more

Budget Special: Advice for Businesses

Posted 2nd November 2018 at 2:01 pm

  We’re willing to bet you were just as excited as we were waiting for Philip Hammond to take to the stage and announce the upcoming budget changes. No? Well, lucky for you, we’ve sifted through all the details and summarised all the relevant information you need to be aware of in the coming months.   IR35 One of the biggest announcements in the budget was the changes to be implemented for IR35 for the private sector. The required businesses will need to become responsible for determining an individual’s employment status. The private sector rules are to be brought in... Read more

The B Word: How Can Businesses Prepare for Brexit

Posted 26th October 2018 at 3:42 pm

  By now we’re sure you’ve heard enough about Brexit and whether you’re for or against, there is no question that there will be some changes made which will affect all businesses. Below, we take a look at some potential changes which may occur once Britain leaves the EU and how businesses can best prepare for what’s to come.   VAT Registration in the EU As a company which trades goods and holds stock in an EU country to supply EU customers, you will need to register for VAT in that country. You may also need to employ a Fiscal... Read more

An Employer’s Guide to Seasonal and Temporary Staff

Posted 19th October 2018 at 2:16 pm

The Christmas season is almost upon us again. For many this is an exciting occasion, however for business owners it can bring its own added stress. The festive season might mean more customers, which is great, until you find that you are so busy you are struggling to keep up. In this situation you may turn to adding some extra helping hands to your company until things go back to normality. But do you know the rules around hiring short-term or temporary staff? Keep reading below to find out everything you need to know.   Why should I hire temporary... Read more

Company Electric Vehicles: Tax Advice to Keep Employers on Track

Posted 12th October 2018 at 2:21 pm

  The use of hybrid and electric vehicles is becoming more and more popular and now more businesses than ever are using these vehicles for company cars. However, there are many things to consider when providing these to your employees. Below, we take a look at all you need to know regarding taxable charges in relation to electric and hybrid vehicles for your workforce.   Advisory fuel rate for electric vehicles From 1 September 2018 a new advisory fuel rate of 4 pence per mile applies to electric vehicles. This means that if your employees have electric company cars and... Read more