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The UK tops the table in Europe for Venture Capital investment

The UK technology sector is set to receive a record amount of funding in 2019, according to the latest research. The report, which has been published by venture capital fund ...

Time is ticking… the deadline for personal tax returns will be here before you know it

Summer is typically a quiet time for personal tax matters but don’t be lulled into thinking you can ignore your personal tax returns – the next deadline will be here ...

Majority of UK exporters admit they are not prepared for a no-deal Brexit

More than two-thirds of UK export companies have not yet taken the basic steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit scenario, according to the latest figures. The data from HM ...

When are dividends unlawful?

Do you know how to deal with dividends in accordance with the Companies Act as a director? A recent case demonstrates how HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will go back ...

New figures show a quarter of estates liable for IHT are investigated by HMRC

The response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that as many as one in four estates that are liable for Inheritance Tax IHT are investigated each year. ...

Government’s draft IR35 legislation contains important changes

After much anticipation, the Government has now published its draft legislation for the off-payroll working (IR35) rules, which will be enforced in the private sector from 6 April 2020. The ...

UK fintech companies buck global trend as investment increases

Fintech (Financial Technology) firms in the UK saw investment in excess of £2.47 billion in the first half of 2019, even though the global fintech funding market has seen a ...

Late payments cause greatest damage to small businesses

Late payments are causing more damage to the small business economy than almost any other factor, new research has revealed. The findings have been published as part of new research ...

Is your business ready for the new Good Work Plan?

Important new changes to employment regulations are due to come into force on 6 April 2020. The plans were first revealed in December 2018, when the Government announced proposals for ...

Regulators question legality of Facebook’s new digital currency

Facebook’s proposed new digital currency could be shelved after regulators questioned how the technology would align with data protection laws. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has joined data protection authorities ...

Two-thirds of UK exporters have not taken the basic steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

More than two-thirds of UK export companies have not yet taken the basic steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit scenario, according to the latest figures. The data from HM ...

Late payment culture “worsening”, new figures show

Late payments are causing more damage to the small business economy than almost any other factor, new research has revealed. The findings have been published as part of new research ...

UK fintech investment exceeds £2.4 billion despite global funding drop

Fintech (Financial Technology) firms in the UK saw investment in excess of £2.47 billion in the first half of 2019, even though the global fintech funding market has seen a ...

Businesses “not ready” for new e-commerce rules

A major business body has warned that UK e-commerce firms are not ready for new European legislation set to go into effect later this year. The new rules – known ...

HMRC collects £122 million in additional tax from overseas following CRS rule change

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collected £122 million in extra tax from overseas assets last year, following the introduction of the new Common Reporting Standard (CRS) tax regime. The CRS ...

UK tech sector named ‘world leader’ in cybersecurity by Google and Microsoft

Google and Microsoft have named the UK tech sector as the ‘world leader’ in the race to eliminate significant cybersecurity threats. The news follows the announcement that Google and Microsoft, ...

Government promotes R&D through new £30 million tech competition

A new £30 million research and development (R&D) competition will “radically boost the productivity and agility” of UK businesses, it has been revealed. The funding, which forms part of the ...

Is your business ready for the VAT reverse charge?

Time is ticking – in less than three months’ time a new VAT domestic reverse charge regime for the construction industry will take effect. From 1 October 2019, companies that ...

Policymakers and business bodies join forces against late payments

Late payments add an “unacceptable” financial and operational burden on small business owners, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said following the announcement of a new campaign against unfair payment practices. The ...

HMRC loses IR35 appeal over £140,000 tax bill

Radio presenter Paul Hawksbee has won a pivotal IR35 tribunal case against HM Revenue & Customs relating to a £140,000 tax bill. Hawksbee appealed an IR35 determination relating to a ...

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