The Data Protection Fee: who needs to pay?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have launched a campaign to remind all registered companies in the UK of their legal responsibility to pay the Data Protection Fee. The move marks the start of an extensive programme to make sure the fee is paid by all those who need to pay it. Under the Data Protection Act 2018, organisations processing personal

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New digital bank targeted

Bo, a new digital bank set up by the Royal Bank of Scotland, became an instant target for fraudsters, according to reports in The Times. Featuring a bright yellow Visa card and a mobile app, some 30% of applications received by Bo in its first two weeks were fraudulent. The figure underscores the scale of the challenge faced by banks

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How To Limit Your Stress This Tax Return Deadline

Dreading January? As a bookkeeper, we’re going to guess that’s a yes – unless you’ve managed to file all your clients’ Self-Assessment tax returns already… Getting this monumental task completed early is no mean feat. But it is possible to get through the tax season without experiencing a stressful sprint to 31st January. Here, Mike Parkes from GoSimpleTax explains how.

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Webinar – The Death of Email and How to Overcome it

  Outlook was released 23 years ago – and it’s still one of the UK’s favourite email clients. But email has steadily been on the decline – in fact usage is down 18% with 25-35 year olds and a whopping 60% with Generation Z. So if email usage is down and people aren’t communicating less (which they aren’t), where are

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Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day

We’re taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13 December! By getting together for a cracking day in our festive knits and donating, we’ll be making the future brighter for children all around the world. Every pound we raise will give children in the UK and around the globe the chance to grow up healthy and

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Mileage rates changes– December 2019

Mileage rates changes– December 2019  HMRC has updated its approved ‘fuel only’ mileage rates. These rates apply if you are provided with a company car by your employer and you: claim a mileage allowance from your employer solely for the cost of fuel used on business journeys. repay your employer for fuel used on private travel – including that between

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Government pledges £35m to boost rural businesses

Rural businesses have been urged to apply for a share of the £35 million that’s up for grabs as part of the Government’s RDPE Growth Programme, a fund that’s dedicated to help rural businesses unlock their potential. The scheme is devised to get behind business owners operating rurally by offering three different types of grant: business development grants, food processing

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Employers issued with important Christmas pay-day guidance

HMRC have issued details of a special arrangement for reporting the Christmas payroll. This easement aims to help universal credit claimants where their employer pays them earlier than usual due to the Christmas period – without it, some claimants may find their awards reduced or stopped altogether. The usual rule for employers is that they should report their payroll information

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Fall in number of ‘suspected’ taxpayers arrested by HMRC

The number of taxpayers arrested for suspected tax fraud has fallen to a five-year low, according to analysis by law firm RPC. It says there was an 11% reduction in the number of HMRC arrests last year, compared with 877 made in 2017/18. Arrests topped the 1,000 mark in each of the preceding three years. Adam Craggs, partner at RPC,

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