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Low emission lorries to pay lower levies
18/07/2018
The government has confirmed plans to introduce a lower rate of the HGV road user levy for lorries that meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards. This measure is intended to incentivize vehicle operators to move towards newer, cleaner vehicles and to reduce emissions from HGVs and improve air quality. Lorries which meet the Euro VI Read more...


New points-based late filing penalties
18/07/2018
The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation includes a new measure to introduce a points-based penalty system for certain regular (e.g. monthly, quarterly and annual) returns that are filed late. The introduction of a points system was first announced at Autumn Budget 2017 and will operate in conjunction with HMRC's Making Tax Digital Read more...


HMRC security deposit regime to be extended
18/07/2018
The security deposit legislation is to be extended to both Corporation Tax and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions from April 2019. The security deposit regime allows HMRC to require security from high-risk businesses where there is a serious risk that taxes owed will not be paid. At present HMRC’s security deposit powers only Read more...


Change to penalties for late payment of tax
18/07/2018
Plans to introduce a new two tiered penalty system for individuals and businesses that do not pay their tax bills on time have been included in the draft Finance Bill 2018-19. The government has said that the new late payment penalty regime will help to ensure that those who pay their tax on time are not disadvantaged by those who do not Read more...


New toolkit on handling domestic abuse
16/07/2018
Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community have published a new toolkit to help employers support workers who are affected by domestic abuse. One in four women and one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime and domestic abuse apparently costs businesses £1.9 billion every year due to decreased Read more...


Rent-a-room relief to be modified
11/07/2018
The publication of the draft Finance Bill 2018-19 includes legislation to change the way the rent-a-room relief scheme works. Following last year's Budget, a consultation was launched by HM Treasury to examine the design of the rent-a-room scheme. When the relief was first launched it was intended to be used where one bedroom in a house Read more...


Beneficiaries of tax exempt pension benefits to be extended
11/07/2018
The draft Finance Bill includes a new measure that will help modernise the tax treatment of employer paid premiums for the provision of death in service life assurance products for their employees. Currently, these premiums are only tax-exempt if the named beneficiary is a member of the employee’s family, or a member of their Read more...


Rules for use of taxable cars and vans to be updated
11/07/2018
The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft clauses include new measures that will address two anomalies in the Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) rules. These measures will: ensure that when a taxable car or van is provided through OpRA, the amount foregone, which is taken into account in working out the amount reportable for tax and Read more...


Draft clauses for forthcoming Autumn Budget are published
11/07/2018
The Finance Bill 2018-19 draft legislation was published on 6 July 2018. The Bill which runs to 226 pages (with a further 143 pages of explanatory notes) contains the legislation for many of the tax measures that had previously been announced by the government as well as new initiatives. The publication of the draft Finance Bill is in Read more...


Change to evidence required for employee expenses
11/07/2018
A new measure to remove the requirement for employers to check receipts for expense claims made by employees using the HMRC benchmark scale rates or overseas scale rates is to be introduced. The benchmark scale rates can be used by employers to reimburse staff for subsistence expenses when they are travelling on business away from their Read more...

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