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Hiring customs agents

Completing customs declarations can be challenging and time-consuming. While businesses have the option to handle their own customs declarations, it’s a complex process that demands specific skills and software. Instead, many businesses opt to hire specialists like customs agents, brokers, freight forwarders, or fast parcel operators. These professionals handle the submission of import and...

Online check how to import or export goods

HMRC has a useful online tool to help UK business owners check how to import or export goods. This online tool can be used by businesses, the self-employed and agents acting on behalf of a business. Using the online tool you can obtain information on: the commodity codes (reference numbers) you need to classify goods for import and export declarations; paying the right VAT and duties for your...

Customs Declaration Service open for business

All businesses can now move their export declarations to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), HMRC has confirmed. Businesses who have yet to move their export declarations to CDS will have a transition period to move across, until 4 June 2024. After this date, customs declarations cannot be submitted through the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service. CDS is...

Reporting expenses and benefits to HMRC

The deadline for submitting the 2023-24 forms P11D, P11D(b) and P9D is 6 July 2024. These forms can be submitted...

Tax credits reminder

We would like to remind our readers that HMRC is currently sending the annual tax credit renewal packs to 730,000...

Changes to Companies House Fees

There have been a number of significant changes in Companies House fees. These changes took effect on 1 May 2024....

Childcare funding for under 9-month-olds

In a recent press release the Department for Education confirmed that parents of children from 9 months old can now...

Universal Credit changes

Universal Credit claimants working less than half of a full-time week will have to look to increase their hours but...

by Andrew Stanton

HMRC cautions against VAT bank details fraud

HMRC warns of fraudulent use of Form VAT 484 to access VAT repayments. Businesses should verify their bank details and...

by Sam Baldwin

Increasing business value with ESG

Integrating ESG practices into your business model can unlock a wide variety of benefits including reducing costs and growing your...

by Sam Baldwin

What do your core values actually mean?

Here are a few quick tips to help you discover your core values and fine tune your value statement to...

Deferring National Insurance payments

Employees with more than one job may be able to defer or delay paying Class 1 National Insurance in certain...
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