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Business update: Company Car Taxation

3 June 2013

Business update: Company Car Taxation

This guide focuses on company car tax rules and how tax legislation is being used to encourage businesses to acquire more environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Info Bank - Your money update: Successful Retirement Planning

2 June 2013

Info Bank - Your money update: Successful Retirement Planning

This guide looks at some important considerations when planning for income in retirement Many people spend time thinking about what retirement might look like financially, and this is particularly important now given the stock market recovery we have seen in 2013, albeit against the background of a sluggish economy and continuing low interest rates. Pension funds have been depleted by higher tax charges, the loss of compounding values between 2008 and 2013 and increased longevity. It is important to look at how much you need to save to secure your desired income and how you’re saving can be optimised for tax purposes. The applicable laws and tax regime change over time, as do economic circumstances and market-based solutions. Retirement plans should be reviewed periodically to check their adequacy.

Insider June

1 June 2013

Insider June

Welcome to your June newsletter. This month, we take a look at the proposed legislation announced in the Queen's Speech and consider how businesses are likely to be affected. We touch upon the relaxation of employee share buy-back rules for businesses, intended to encourage take up of the employee-ownership model. We also talk technology and ask if your business needs a more modern approach to the way it operates. And in Your Money, we discuss interest-only mortgages after research warned that some borrowers may be unable to fully repay their loans.

Info Bank - Your money update: Tax efficient savings and investments

25 April 2013

Info Bank - Your money update: Tax efficient savings and investments

With interest rates at rock bottom and with people now saving more, we look here at a range of tax advantaged savings options.

Business update: Regulation and rate changes April 2013

25 April 2013

Business update: Regulation and rate changes April 2013

New business rules and regulations come into effect on 'common commencement dates' in April and October each year. The new tax year also begins on 6 April, bringing new rates and allowances into effect.

Insider May

25 April 2013

Insider May

Welcome to your May newsletter. This month, the Government's business bank got underway, with the first £300 million set aside to lend to small and medium sized businesses. Elsewhere, new business regulations came into force on 6 April; we look at changes to national insurance contributions rules for 'sleeping' partners as well as to credit and debit card payment surcharges. And in Your Money, we look at recent research into savings habits and ask, are you making the most of your annual allowances?

Insider April

1 April 2013

Insider April

Welcome to your April newsletter. This month, we recap the Chancellor's Budget and look at the highlight announcements that could affect your business or personal finances. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister outlined plans to give employers greater influence over apprenticeship qualifications and standards; what would this mean in practice? We examine responses to the news that millions of UK adults have left work to care for a family member. And in Your Money news, it was announced that a committee of MPs will look at ways to reduce the number and cost of whiplash insurance claims in the UK. We look at reasons for the inquiry and responses to the announcement.

Business Update: PAYE

1 April 2013

Business Update: PAYE

This month we take a further look at the developments in Pay As You Earn.

HR Update Spring 2013

1 April 2013

HR Update Spring 2013

In this update we look at managing an employee's return to work after a stress-related absence.

Budget Report March 2013

21 March 2013

Budget Report March 2013

Chancellor George Osborne’s fourth Budget statement was delivered on 20th March 2013 against ongoing challenges within the domestic and global economies. The UK economy shrank by 0.3 per cent at the end of 2012, and lost its Moody’s AAA credit rating in February for the first time since the 1970s. The morning of the Budget also saw figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed that the number of unemployed grew by 7,000 in the three months to January 2013. Announced alongside the Budget, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) revised down its forecast for growth in 2013 to 0.6 per cent from 1.2 per cent. It cited weaker than expected outlooks for consumer spending, business investment and exports for its decision.

Your Money Update: Pensions update

1 March 2013

Your Money Update: Pensions update

We take a look at pensions news, announcements and developments since our last Active Practice Update on this topic.

Business Update: SEO and social media strategies

1 March 2013

Business Update: SEO and social media strategies

What are the best ways to optimise your online content for search purposes?

Insider March

1 March 2013

Insider March

Welcome to your March newsletter. This month, we discuss the self-assessment deadline; did you get yours in on time, did you file online, or are you yet to submit? Elsewhere, the countdown to Real Time Information (RTI) is into its final month - is your business prepared? We also explore calls for the March Budget to be re-asserted as the key annual announcement on fiscal and economic policy making; could it be the end of the Autumn Statement as we know it? Finally, with the end of the tax year fast approaching, we explore the tax savings and allowances you may want to take advantage of.

Economic Update

1 February 2013

Economic Update

The last six months were a tumultuous time for the UK economy; with the effects of the Olympic Games and Queen’s Jubilee pulling the country out of a double-dip recession, adverse weather conditions affecting businesses and predictions of negative growth for 2012. We take a look back at how our economy fared in the second half of last year and ask what global financial uncertainty may mean for us in the future.

Insider February

1 February 2013

Insider February

Welcome to your February 2013 newsletter. This month, we look at the growth of internet retail and provide some tips for setting up online. Adverse weather has affected most of the UK recently - there’s some advice for businesses on dealing with adverse weather. In marketing, industry experts outline the keys to marketing success in 2013. And we look at Government plans for a shake-up of the state pension; what will it mean for you in retirement?

Measuring Business Performance

1 February 2013

Measuring Business Performance

How do you measure the performance of your business? While the profit and loss account shows important evidence of your financial results, there are other measurements that can provide alternative assessments of the business. Using key performance indicators (KPIs) can give you greater insight into how your business is performing and help you in making better and more informed decisions. But you need to select indicators that are key to attaining your business objectives.

HR Winter Update

21 December 2012

HR Winter Update

The start of the New Year is as good a time as any to review your business’s HR policies. In most cases, laying the ground rules on employee attendance now could avoid difficult situations further down the line.

Cost Reduction Strategies

21 December 2012

Cost Reduction Strategies

Cost control should be an integral part of your business strategy, not something you turn to when your business hits hard times. During tough economic times such as these businesses can be faced with the need to reduce costs to remain competitive, maintain profitability, or even to survive. And whereas it is necessary to respond to these needs with appropriate measures the truth is that short-term, unplanned cost cutting is often not sustainable - and can come back to bite you. Where possible, it is better to mitigate the need for short term cuts by adopting a long-term strategic approach to cost control.

Insider January

21 December 2012

Insider January

Welcome to your January 2013 newsletter. With the Chancellor's Autumn Statement now delivered, we recap the measures affecting businesses. Was your high street lit up this Christmas? We look at a campaign to 'save our Christmas' amid council budget cuts and find some money-raising inspiration for Christmas 2013. We also summarise the penalties for late Real Time Information (RTI) payments, announced this month by HMRC. The high income child benefit charge applies from 7 January 2013. Find out what to do if you missed the deadline for opting out of the benefit.

Year End Tax Guide

20 December 2012

Year End Tax Guide

For many, 2012 has been a tough year with the adverse weather affecting some businesses while the summer games have had differing effects on business. With the Government struggling to balance the public expenditure against tax revenues there is always the prospect of further stealth taxes around the corner. So, this is a good time of year for a tax check up – are you satisfied you are paying the minimum tax necessary? With a top rate reduction imminent, but the curtailing of a number of well used reliefs, there really is no time like the present to take a step back and look at how you are managing your personal finances and your business, and consider how you might reduce your taxes and/or improve your financial and business strategies.

Autumn Statement

6 December 2012

Autumn Statement

This report provides a concise summary of the announcements made in the Autumn Statement.

Retirement Planning

28 November 2012

Retirement Planning

Many people spend time thinking about what retirement might look like financially, and this is particularly important now, especially given the uncertain state of the markets, the economy and interest rates. Pension funds have been depleted by higher tax charges, reduced capital values, diminished rates of return and increased longevity. It is important to look at how much you need to save to secure your desired income and how your saving can be optimised for tax purposes. Time for a review? The applicable laws and tax regime change over time, as do economic circumstances and market-based solutions. Retirement plans should be reviewed periodically to check their adequacy.

Pricing Strategies

28 November 2012

Pricing Strategies

The purpose of this guide is to highlight some of the more important considerations for small and medium-sized businesses planning to develop or revise their pricing strategies. A business might set or adjust prices at start up, when introducing a new product or service, to achieve a new business objective, or in response to changes in the marketplace or the general economic climate. Whatever the occasion, setting prices for your products or services is possibly one of the most important business decisions you make. It does have a considerable impact on your profitability and be a decisive factor in the financial success or failure of your business.

Insider December

28 November 2012

Insider December

Welcome to your December newsletter! With 2012 drawing to a close, it’s a good time to review your tax minimisation plans. Could you be making better use of the available personal and business allowances to minimise your tax liability? While Christmas offers the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and family, don't neglect your local market; we look at the ways your business could use the internet to keep in touch with vital customers and suppliers in the run up to, and during, the holidays. Avoiding a festive overload, we touch upon the Chancellor's much-anticipated Autumn Statement taking place on 5 December – what measures will he announce? December also sees the introduction of the EU gender ruling - find out why your insurance premiums could be set to change. Finally, here's wishing you a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Info Bank - Real Time Information - Are You Ready?

31 October 2012

Info Bank - Real Time Information - Are You Ready?

Real Time Information (RTI) is a new system being introduced in April 2013 by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for the reporting of payroll information, which will effectively require employers and pension providers to provide detailed information to HMRC every time employees are paid rather than through the year end return. Under RTI, the employer will be required to submit information; including details of earnings and the tax and NIC deducted whenever a payment is made to an employee.

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