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HMRC are advising that there have been technical issues with their Employment Related Securities (ERS) annual returns online service. Employers have to complete returns for any schemes that have been registered on the ERS online service, such as Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI), a non-tax advantaged scheme or award, Company Share Option Plan, Save As You Earn Scheme and S ...

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning SMEs to take care or face a fine. The warning comes after a company which suffered a cyber attack was fined £60,000. The investigation by the ICO found Boomerang Video Ltd based in Berkshire failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked. Sally Anne Poole, ICO enforcement manager, said: ‘Regardless of your ...

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has recently launched a government-backed Investment Bond. The main details of the Bond are as follows: minimum deposit of £100 balances on the account must be between £100 - £3000 applications can only be made online and up to April 2018 applicants must be aged 16+ years fixed interest rate of 2.2% for three years paid yearly ...

The Queen delivered the 2017 Queen’s Speech on 21 June which set out the government’s agenda for the coming parliamentary session. The speech outlined the government’s proposed policies and legislation. This Queen’s speech announced that the government will focus on: delivering a Brexit deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom and building a stronger, fairer cou ...

The latest Compliance and Enforcement Bulletin from the Pensions Regulator (TPR)  makes interesting reading as it sets out cases and the powers TPR have used relating to automatic enrolment and associated employer duties. TPR are warning employers that ignoring TPR penalties could seriously damage a business’ reputation. TPR are maintaining a tough approach towards those empl ...

Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare launched at the end of April and is being rolled out to parents, starting with those parents with the youngest children first. For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs ...

The payments on an interest-only mortgage are lower than those on a standard repayment mortgage because they only cover the interest due. At the end of the mortgage term, you will still owe the original amount you borrowed. Nevertheless, interest-only mortgages are popular, particularly for buy-to-let borrowers and for those who believe their earnings will increase. When inflat ...