Deadline reminder: payments on account

If you've started working as a sole trader, landlord or business owner in 2016/17, you might be unfamiliar with the payments system for your self-assessment tax return. Rather than paying your entire tax bill in one go, you'll be required to make 2 advance payments...

How to save for your first home

Rising house prices have made buying a first home a challenge for many people, but there are signs that first-time buyers could be on the increase. A report by UK Finance found that in May 2018, 32,200 new mortgages were completed by first-time buyers - up 8.1% on the...

OBR sparks tax hike speculation

Tax hikes may be in the pipeline in Autumn Budget 2018 following the prime minister's pledge to significantly increase spending on the NHS, according to the UK's fiscal watchdog. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the long-term outlook for the UK's public...

SMEs ‘need more help’ with technology

The government is being urged to consider introducing ‘growth vouchers' to help time-strapped small business owners adopt digital technologies. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that 76% of SMEs made some form of improvement to their...

HMRC approves 18 MTD software suppliers

HMRC has released a list of approved Making Tax Digital (MTD) software developers for VAT-registered businesses to use from next year. Businesses with annual taxable turnover of more than £85,000 will be required to maintain digital records for VAT and submit...
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