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GDPR – 25TH MAY 2018

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As accountants we hold a lot of sensitive information about our clients. The nature of our relationship with clients means that we have always had a responsibility over how we handle sensitive information. Although there are a number of rules that we adhere to the changes which are due to be implemented shortly mean that we will need to work harder to protect this information.
Clients can request details from us at any time of who has access to their information and how it is being used. They can withdraw their consent over this date at any point.
If anyone wishes to discuss this with us further please speak to Steve about the matter.

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Workplace Pensions

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From the 6th April 2018 there will be increases to the minimum contributions payable http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/employers/contributions-funding-tax.aspx. You should ensure that you are complying with the new rates to avoid penalties arising.

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Increase in National Living Wage and Minimum wage rates

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From the 1st April 2018 there will be increases in the National Living wage and Minimum wage rates. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/national-minimum-wage-and-living-wage. It is advisable that you review your staff rates to confirm that you are not in breach of the new rates.

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Making Tax Digital (MTD)

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From April 2019 entities that submit Vat returns because they are over the Vat threshold (currently £85000) will have to keep their records digitally for Vat purposes and provide their Vat return information to HMRC through Making Tax Digital compatible software. Currently 87% of these business currently submit their Vat returns through the Government Gateway but from April 2019 this option will no longer be available to those businesses that exceed the Vat registration threshold.

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New Dividend Tax April 2016

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The changes to dividend taxation announced in the July budget impact significantly on the decision about incorporation. Following the changes made in December 2014 affecting goodwill on incorporation, this change makes it even less attractive for some clients to run their business through a limited company. From April 2016 there will be a dividend Tax allowance of £5000, but after this dividends will be liable to Tax at 7.5% in the basic rate band, 32.5% in the higher rate band and 38.1% in the additional rate band.

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RTI Penalties

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Employers with less than 50 employees will now receive penalties if their real time information submissions are submitted late from the 6th March 2015. It is important therefore that submissions are made on or before each payday to avoid these penalties. If you need advice about this matter please contact us at the office.

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Auto Enrolment

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This has been publicised on television and in the press. Most employers should now obtain their staging date. This can be done by visting www.thepensionregulator.gov.uk/employers/what-is-my-staging-date.aspx and entering your PAYE reference number. You will then be able to access your staging date and be able to produce a plan of important dates affecting your business. If you need your PAYE reference number please phone us at the office.

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Real Time Information (RTI)

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From the 6th April 2013 employers will have to start reporting PAYE information to HMRC in real time. This is referred to as Real Time Information or RTI.

This means that employers (or their accountant, bookkeeper or payroll bureau) will have to send a submission to HMRC electronically following every pay day. All employees have to be included on the submission including employees who are below the PAYE thresholds.

Penalties will eventually be levied for late submissions.

If you business has a PAYE scheme in operation and has fewer than 9 employees than you are able to use free software e.g. HMRC basic PAYE tools.

Any further information you need on this matter please contact any member of staff at our office.

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PPI COMPENSATION

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PPI payouts are usually formed from 3 elements.

The first 2 elements constitute the compensation. They are a refund of the premiums paid as well as the interest paid on the premiums. These 2 elements are non taxable.

The third element is additional interest on the compensation at 8%. It is this element that is taxable.

Tax is due for the Income Tax year in which the compensation payment is made.

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Increase in Minimum hourly rates from 1st October 2011

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The National Minimum rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission and from October 2011:
(1) The main rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase to £6.08,
(2) The 18-20 rate will increase to £4.98,
(3) The 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 will increase to £3.68,
(4) The apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship will increase to £2.60.

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