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Charity Commission urges vigilance

Almost three-quarters of insider frauds at charities happen because of excessive trust and lack of challenge from others within the charity, says a new report from the Charity Commission. The regulator of charities in England and Wales has published the findings of a study that found cultural factors such as placing excessive trust or responsibility in individuals, or the lack

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A handy tax calculator

Employees can better understand the deductions on their payslip by visiting SalaryBot, a handy salary calculator which works out the take home pay a worker earns on their gross wage. Employees can use it to see how much cash they’ll make each week, month or year – helping them take control of their finances and ensure they’re paying the correct

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The rags to riches story of the YO! Sushi founder

Much like The Business Show itself, many of the speakers who appear at this biannual event have started from the most humble of beginnings.  And similar to the journey that’s seen The Business Show become the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe, these speakers all have incredible tales of battling against the odds to establish some of the world’s

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The Pensions Regulator: Important update about the Government Gateway

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is no longer using Government Gateway as the authentication process for the Declaration of Compliance portal. Instead, employers and advisers will log in to the portal via TPR’s own system. To ensure that the changes are user friendly, a series of testing and research has been conducted over the past year. The key changes to note

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HMRC Talking Points sessions – April and May 2018

HMRC’s regular Talking Points meetings provide ongoing information, guidance and tips, helping you to understand tax issues. Please find further details of future scheduled online meetings below: The role of HMRC as a creditor in voluntary arrangements: This webinar will provide a brief introduction to voluntary arrangements, both corporate and individual and HMRC’s policy as a creditor, to either support or reject proposals

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HMRC Agent Update – Issue 65

HMRC Agent Update 65 is now available and contains a variety of articles and updates. You can read about the Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme (FHDDS). Did you know the deadline for applications from existing fulfilment businesses falling within the scope of the FHDDS is 30 June 2018? HMRC has also included information about transferring apprenticeship service funds to another

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Students hit by rise in loan interest rate

Student discontent could be on the rise after the government waved through a rise in their loan rate from September to 6.3%. The retail price index (RPI) stood at 3.3% in March (it was 3.1% in March 2017), and the loan rate is calculated as RPI plus 3%. Concern over what the students have called ‘eye-watering’ borrowing rates had led

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OTS wants action on ‘patchwork’ of business tax reliefs

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling for an urgent overhaul of what it calls ‘the complex patchwork’ of tax charges and reliefs that apply at various points in the business lifecycle to reduce complexity, make reliefs more accessible and to encourage UK businesses to fulfil their potential. The OTS has published a report looking at the impact of

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HMRC in pensions website advice blunder

HMRC has been forced to temporarily remove an online calculator that gave incorrect information about annual pension allowances, following complaints from Royal London. The insurer spotted the errors on 16 April and alerted HMRC that its official webpage was giving misleading details about pension contributions for higher earners. Under current rules, for most taxpayers pension contributions of up to £40,000

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