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Those who reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016 have the privilege of being the first recipients of the new, supposedly 'flat rate' State Pension. Although the headline flat rate has been set at £155.65 per week nearly everyone is receiving a different amount to this.
There are a number of reasons why this is so but the two main reasons relate to the old State Pension system, which featured an entitlement to additional State Pension for many and lower State Pensions for those who had been 'contracted out'.
The important point for everyone who is planning for their retirement is to have an up to date pension forecast. An online version is in its testing stage at gov.uk/check-state-pension. This page provides details of other ways of obtaining a forecast.
All you then have to do is understand it! At the start of this year the Work and Pensions Committee raised concerns that the details sent out to individuals regarding when they will receive their State Pension and its expected value were insufficiently clear and could be misunderstood. However it is clearly far better to be in receipt of this information than have no information at all.
The use of social media in businesses has rocketed over the last few years as it is a great way to communicate with a wide audience. If you're not an active user you could be missing out on vital chances to communicate with your clients.
Research and Development (R&D) tax relief can provide additional tax deductions and enhanced cash flow for companies. HMRC have introduced 'Advance Assurance' which enables small companies to confirm their entitlement to R&D tax relief.
Perhaps the most significant announcement in the recent Budget was the news of the Lifetime ISA. A few commentators are suggesting that many taxpayers in their 20s and 30s will ditch saving into a pension scheme and will view the Lifetime ISA as the better way to save for their retirement.
The National Living Wage (NLW) came into effect in April 2016 for workers aged 25 and over and has caused many businesses to consider their remuneration policies for employees. The initial rate of £7.20 is a 50p increase in the rate that used to apply. In terms of detailed rules, the NLW is really just a new category rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
Peter Davies, Managing Partner, concluded his two year fixed term as Chair of the World Board and has handed over to Tim Davidson from Australia. Peter has been re-elected to the European, Middle East and Africa Board as well as the World Board for a further two years.
With pension auto enrolment applying to more and more employers, we look at the options for using a salary sacrifice scheme to deliver tax savings for the employer and the employee.
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) started its life in 2010 and has a remit of attempting to simplify the tax system.
The Gift Aid scheme is now 25 years old. In its first year charities benefitted with £10 million of tax savings. In 2014/15 the savings were worth nearly £1.2 billion.
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The online service for applications for the fourth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant is now open for claims.
The Recovery Loan Scheme has been introduced to replace the government's coronavirus lending schemes.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed has stated that the recent changes to the rules relating to off-payroll workers, commonly known as IR35, 'undermine the self-employed at the worst possible time'.