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Spring Budget 2024 – Fuel Duty rates

In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor extended the fuel duty cut for a further 12 months. This is intended to help support households and businesses at a time of high oil prices. The Chancellor acknowledged that the rising price of fuel places a huge burden on families and businesses. The government was under considerable pressure from consumer and business groups to try and alleviate the pain of...

Alcohol duty freeze takes effect

As part of the Autumn Statement measures the Chancellor announced that the duty rates on beer, cider, wine and spirits would be frozen at the current rates until 1 August 2024. This change took effect from 1 February 2024 and will last for 6 months. The alcohol duty freeze will mean that more than 38,000 pubs will benefit. Not increasing alcohol duty in line with inflation will create an...

New crackdown on illicit tobacco

HMRC has continued to tackle the UK’s most notorious hotspots for the sale and supply of illicit tobacco as part of its overall remit to tackle tax fraud. This has resulted in the seizure of more than 27 million illicit cigarettes and 7,500kg of hand-rolling tobacco. These seizures have taken place under Operation CeCe in its first two years of action. Operation CeCe is a joint HMRC-National...

Company filing obligations

It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of...

Inheritance and tax

As a general rule, an individual who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the...

Labour win landslide election result

As had been widely predicted, the results at the polls have seen the Labour Party back in power after 14...

Exit plans

Exit can be seen as quitting, especially if the exit discussed is your business interests. But actually, business exit planning...

New government

Our new government, and in particular, Rachel Reeves, the new Chancellor, will be responsible for raising the funds that our...

Statutory redundancy pay

If you have been in the same job for two years or more and are made redundant you will usually...

Claim full expensing or 50% FYA

Full expensing offers a 100% first-year capital allowance for qualifying plant and machinery assets, reducing taxes for companies subject to...

Late night taxi for an employee

Employers have a duty of care to ensure employee wellbeing, which can include providing transport home during unsocial hours. While...

Income Tax in Scotland

The Scottish rate of income tax applies to non-savings and non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers, defined by their close connection...
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