Government backtracks on Double Cabs Pickups

This update is only with reference to DCPUs with a payload of one tonne or more. DCPUs with a payload of less than one tonne continue to be treated as cars. On Monday 12 February 2024 HMRC updated its guidance on the tax treatment of Double Cab Pick Ups (DCPUs), following a 2020 Court of […]

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps help you develop new skills that employers are looking for. They are a great opportunity to train in a new industry or progress in your current career.   Types of Skills Bootcamps There are hundreds of Skills Bootcamps available across many areas, for example: digital, including data engineering, software development and marketing; technical, […]

Self-Assessment tax returns 2023-24

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 returns processed as soon as possible after 5 April […]

Timing in business 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 deadline applies to business planning, […]

Support for thousands of 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 will help support around 38,175 pubs to face rising […]

Keep an eye on your income for 2023-24

As you are probably aware the 2023-24 tax year ends on 5 April 2024. After this date, 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 to get organised. […]

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 Attorney Act fires the starting gun on bringing the existing paper-based process online […]

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 in one country for part of […]

Spring Budget 2024

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the next UK Budget will take place on Wednesday, 6 March 2024. This will be the Chancellor’s second Budget and will include the government's tax and spending plans as well as new growth and borrowing forecasts. Various pundits are suggesting that selecting a Budget date […]

National Insurance and tax after State Pension Age

If you have reached the State Pension age and continue to work, in most cases, you no longer need to pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs). At State Pension age, the requirement to pay Class 1 and Class 2 NICs ceases. However, you will remain liable to pay any NICs due to be paid to you […]