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March 2023 Budget

Although the tone of the Chancellor was very upbeat, the reality of the budget was clearly “steady as we go” against the backdrop of financial market jitters, the continuing conflict in Ukraine and a looming election.  Critic or supporter – perhaps that very much depends on the extent to which the (lengthy) budget represents a […]

National minimum wage rates change April 2023

From 1 April 2023, the following increases to NMW/NLW will come into force: National living wage Rate from April 2023 Rate from April 2022 Increase % 23 years old plus £10.42 £9.50 9.7 21-22 year old rate £10.18 £9.18 10.9 18-20 year old rate £7.49 £6.83 9.7 16-17 year old rate £5.28 £4.81 9.7 Apprentice […]

The Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)

As of 1 July 2021, there are changes to the way VAT is handled for online sales from businesses worldwide to consumers (that is, B2C) in the European Union (EU). The goal is to make life much easier for those eCommerce businesses selling to consumers across the EU’s national borders, and thereby facilitating trade. The changes can be utilised by […]

Government launches consultation on exit payments to farmers

The Government has (19 May) published a consultation on changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) to support farmers through the agricultural transition period from now until 2027 which will deliver a better, fairer farming system in England. The consultation will be open for 12 weeks and focuses on two key areas: Lump sum exit scheme – […]

The New Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The mortgage guarantee scheme that was announced March 2021 is intended as a temporary measure. It is open for new mortgage applications from April 2021 to December 2022, in line with the government’s view that the current scarcity of high loan-to-value lending is primarily a response to the pandemic rather than a symptom of a […]

Vat Domestic Reverse Charge

See the bottom of this article for details of a free Webinar hosted by Xero (you don’t need to use Xero to access this webinar) What is the VAT reverse charge? The government is changing the way that HMRC collects VAT payments.Until now, businesses in the construction industry would usually charge VAT when selling their […]

Change of VAT rules for Builders and those in the Construction Scheme from 1st March 2021 – Final Countdown

This is the 3rd attempt at setting a date for the introduction of these changes and as it stands at the moment this date will not be changed. It applies only to VAT-registered businesses who are supplying/receiving services that are reported under CIS. In other words, it applies to services supplied between the majority of […]

HMRC Regains Preferential Status for Insolvencies after 1st December 2020

The Finance Act 2020 provides for HMR & C to regain preferential status for certain debts including PAYE, Employees NIC, VAT, student deductions and CIS deductions. The new status is only relevant for insolvencies that commence after 1 December 2020. Current Preferential Creditors At present the only creditors that have preferential status are employees for […]

The Job Support Scheme/Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme

Second lockdown update 03/11/20: The Job Support Scheme / Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme has been extended for the second lockdown – please see full extension details here. 30th November 2020 is the last day you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 31st October 2020 The furlough scheme changed each month from 1st […]

Considering a Sale to an Employee Ownership Trust?

This is an article recently posted on LinkedIn by Cathy Cook, Partner of LCF Law and reproduced below with permission. Anyone keeping an eye on the business pages will have seen that sales to Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) are growing in popularity, and are providing a useful way for business owners to exit in an […]