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UK Infrastructure Bank set-up

The UK Infrastructure Bank Bill, announced as part of the measures in the Queen’s speech, represents the final step in setting up the UK Infrastructure Bank as an operationally independent institution. The new Bank officially opened for business in June 2021 but the Bill will remove legal obstacles so the Bank can lend directly to local authorities and the Northern Ireland Executive for...

Access to cash protection increased

The new Financial Services and Markets Bill, announced as part of the Queen's speech, will provide increased protections for those still dealing with cash. Access to cash remains vital for many people across the UK, including the more vulnerable in society. The government has committed to preserving the use of cash as an option even as the UK becomes more reliant on digital banking...

Tax benefits of switching to electric cars

There are many benefits to encourage the use of electric cars including lower running costs, the environmental advantages and reduced noise pollution. There are also tax benefits to encourage the purchase of electric cars. We have listed some of these benefits below. The benefit-in-kind (BIK) due on company cars can be significantly reduced. For example, most electric cars will incur a BIK rate...

Accountancy expenses arising out of an enquiry

HMRC’s internal manual offer some revealing insights as to the treatment of accountancy expenses arising out of an enquiry.

Get help with childcare costs for Easter

As the Easter holiday approaches, HMRC is reminding parents that they may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to help pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and other out-of-school activities.

The TFC scheme can help parents of

Rural pubs community funding

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published the list of successful bidders from the reopening of the first round of the Community Ownership Funding. This brings the total level of funding in the first round to almost £8m.

Scammers target Self-Assessment taxpayers

Fraudsters are continuing to target taxpayers with scam emails, texts and calls following the deadline for submission of Self-Assessment returns for 2020-21. In fact, over the last year, HMRC received more than 570,000 reports about suspicious HMRC

Transferring assets during separation and divorce

When a couple separate or divorce it is unlikely that they are thinking about any tax implications. However, apart from the emotional stress, there are also tax issues that can have significant implications.

Latest on COVID restrictions in England

The government has published its latest guidance on COVID restrictions and specifically on the new phase we have entered of ‘Living with COVID-19’. This has effectively moved the country into a new phase of living with COVID and marked the end of

Challenging your council tax band

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is a government body in England and Wales and an executive agency of HMRC. The Agency values properties for the purpose of Council Tax and for non-domestic rates in England and Wales. The council tax bands were set

Beware online rip-offs

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new campaign to help shoppers spot and avoid misleading online practices that could result in them being ripped off.

Support with rising energy bills

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak delivered a statement to the House of Commons on 3 February 2022 announcing a number of measures to help people cope with fast rising energy costs.

Record increases will see a 54% jump in the energy price cap from 1 April

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