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Holiday Lets Being Assessed for Business Rates

Some self-catering holiday let owners are being asked to provide trade information The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is contacting the owners of some self-catering holiday lets. The lets in question are ones that are currently being assessed for business rates. The VOA are looking for additional information about the income…

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Protecting Yourself from Scams

With the rise in scams hot in the news recently, we take a look at guidance from HMRC and the National Cyber Security Centre on what to look out for to help protect yourself and your business from scammers. How to recognise tax scam phone calls, emails and text messages…

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Year-End Tax Planning

Maximising benefits for your business We are now within the final two months of the tax year, and for many businesses, the end of the tax year is also the end of the business’s financial year. This can be a good time to review your business tax planning to ensure…

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Strategies for Business Growth

Unlocking the value of your business Cornwall Insight predicts a decrease in domestic energy prices this April, potentially followed by a Summer dip. This welcome news could ease inflation, a major contributor to the UK’s economic woes. Lower energy costs might lead to reduced interest rates, fostering a more optimistic…

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Hidden Pension Benefits for Grandparents and Relatives

Unlock an extra £3,600 in State Pension Did you know grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members can claim extra National Insurance (NI) credits for helping care for children? These credits can add up to £3,600 per year on your state pension! Who qualifies? Parents who don’t live with the…

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Changes to the Construction Industry Scheme

Finance Bill 2023-24, which is currently making its way through Parliament, includes a clause that will change the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Gross Payment Status Tests from 6th April 2024. Having Gross Payment Status means that a subcontractor can receive gross payments from contractors, as opposed to payments that have…

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Childcare Boost for Families

Parents of toddlers could save up to £6,500 a Year! Good news, parents! Starting in April 2024, more families can save on nursery fees with the Government’s expanded free childcare scheme. Here’s the main points: Who benefits? Families with two-year-olds, earning between £8,670 and £100,000 per year. That’s 285,000 families eligible! How much…

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Tax Update February 2024

Welcome to our February Tax Update In this edition we take a look at year-end tax planning, ISAs, pensions, CGT, more R&D changes on the horizon and paying your personal tax bill. YEAR-END TAX PLANNING It’s not too late to undertake some end-of-year tax planning. If you have some spare…

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Uncovering Potential Bounce Back Loan Fraud

Government Launches Pilot Program for Bounce Back Loan Scheme. In a bid to tackle potential fraudulent applications under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Department for Business (DBT), the Cabinet Office, and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have joined forces to launch a groundbreaking pilot program. This initiative focuses…

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Selling Online and Paying Taxes

Income Tax and Selling Online

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of online activity discussing the new law that will require online marketplaces to report information about income made by their users to HMRC. The discussion has led to many people asking questions such as “Will I have to pay tax on the…

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