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Autumn Statement 2014 - 3 December 2014

This was the final Autumn Statement of the current Parliament ahead of the election in May 2015. Delivered with passion, George Osborne hailed the UK as having “the fastest growing major advanced economy in the world”. He announced that the

Tax debt recovery safeguards strengthened - 2 December 2014

The government says it has improved safeguards to protect vulnerable taxpayers in its plans to recover tax and tax credit debts directly from taxpayers’ bank accounts. Direct Recovery of Debts (DRD) will give HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) the ability

856,000 claim Employment Allowance - 2 December 2014

Almost one million employers are benefitting from the Employment Allowance across the UK, according to new figures. Introduced in April 2014, the allowance is available to businesses, charities and amateur sports clubs and allows employers to reduce their class 1

Tax tribunals backlog hits new high - 2 December 2014

The backlog of tax disputes waiting to be heard has reached a record high, new research has found. Law firm Pinsent Masons said on 25 November that 27,246 cases were waiting to be heard in the tax tribunals in the

Service cuts employment tribunal claims - 2 December 2014

More than 1,500 people a week are contacting a service that helps employers and employees to resolve workplace disputes without going to an employment tribunal. From April this year, anyone thinking of making an employment tribunal claim first has to

Small employers ‘lack confidence on pension issues’ - 2 December 2014

Less than a quarter of small and micro employers feel confident about dealing with pension issues and many expect to turn to accountants for help. The findings come from research carried out by NEST (National Employment Savings Trust), a pension

VAT service for digital businesses open for registration - 2 December 2014

Thousands of UK businesses supplying digital services to consumers across the European Union (EU) can now register for a new online VAT service. Signing up to the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS), which started accepting registrations on 20