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HMRC boss defends her £20,000 bonus

Bonuses at HM Revenue & Customs have fallen under scrutiny – after its chief executive pocketed an extra £20,000 despite a massive error which saw the taxman drastically overestimate the extra revenue it had collected. Lin Homer has insisted that she deserves the bonus, even though she already earns a salary estimated at £185,000. Many […]

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Public Favour Merger of Income Tax and NI

Research by PwC suggests that a merger of income tax and national insurance would get widespread public support. The research was carried out with the help of a representative group of 22 members of the public. Following the research, PwC have set a number of recommendations for reform of the UK’s tax system before government. […]

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PAYE Mistakes hit 5.5 Million People

HMRC estimates that 5.5 million people have paid the wrong amount of tax through PAYE in the 2013/2014 tax year. This figure is higher than the 5.2 million who paid the wrong amount of tax due to PAYE miscalculations last year. Of these people, it is estimated that 2 million have overpaid and will be […]

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Government Grants Tax Cut of £200 per Employee

The government is set to introduce an employment allowance in April. This will result in a tax saving of £200 for each employee. Thanks to this allowance, employers are set to save nearly £5.5 billion by the end of the current parliament, according to figures from the treasury. The allowance will also reduce employers’ total […]

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Partnership Tax Reforms Prove Unpopular

HMRC have recently announced several reforms to the way Limited Liability Partnerships are taxed. The latest plans, however, have proved unpopular with advisors in the professional service industry. The plans in question are aimed at tackling two issues. Chiefly, they target businesses who disguise junior employees as partners for tax benefit. They also aim at […]

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Americans Feeling Tax Hike Hits

According to a payroll tax poll, many Americans are now feeling the hit of recent tax hikes under the Obama administration. Smaller Paychecks Due To The Tax Hike A majority of working Americans, according to a You Gov and Huffington Post poll, claim that they are noticing smaller paychecks after the payroll tax cut expired […]

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New technology identifies susceptible sectors

The self-assessment deadline may have been and gone, but the taxman has announced that they have new technology which can indicate which sectors are most likely to have filled in their self-assessment incorrectly. This is done by looking at patterns throughout the economy, and then determining susceptibilities. For example, one area that could be under […]

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HMRC has food for thought

HMRC are beginning to launch specific tax crackdowns in certain regions and in particular industries. One example reported recently was that East Anglia fast food companies may be subject to more rigorous checks. In this particular instance, up to 5 million could be added to the Treasury's funds, contributing to the 7 billion in annual […]

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Could glitches be on the way for HMRC?

New reform for Pay As You Earn – also known as PAYE – is on the way, but HM Revenue and Customs are expecting that there will be technological hiccups along the way. The changes towards submitting information in real-time is one of the biggest reforms that the taxman has introduced in decades. The reason […]

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Are you ready for PAYE changes?

SMEs Have Less Than 2 Months Until PAYE Changes HMRC is implementing massive changes to how small businesses report PAYE earnings, and companies have less than two months to prepare. From April – the start of the new tax year – real-time reporting on Pay As You Earn will be needed, even if the SMEs […]

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