Javid ‘to broaden apprenticeship levy’

Further tweaks to the apprenticeship levy look to certain to be made in the autumn, when new chancellor Savid Javid delivers his first Budget. In his final Budget speech in October 2018, former chancellor Philip Hammond halved the amount small firms taking on...

HMRC presses on with IR35 in the private sector

The Government has published draft legislation on tax changes affecting private sector contractors from 6 April 2020. The off-payroll working rules, also known as IR35, are aimed at preventing work that HMRC regards as "disguised employment". IR35 was reformed in the...

Government to protect cash payments

The Government has announced new plans to protect access to cash payments, following reports of increasing cash machine withdrawal charges. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said the Treasury, regulators, and the Bank of England will be brought together in a new group...

Complaints against HMRC to go online

By autumn 2019, taxpayers unhappy with the service they've received from HMRC will be able to email the Adjudicator's Office (AO), rather than having to write, fax or call. The AO is the independent watchdog that reviews complaints about mistakes, poor behaviour or...

HMRC announces delay to probate fee increase

Changes to probate fees - due to take effect next month - have been delayed as parliament wrangles resolve the Brexit stalemate. Families currently pay a flat fee of up to £215 to obtain the grant of probate needed in England and Wales to administer estates worth more...