The level at which students begin to pay back their loans will be lowered from £27,295 to £25,000 for new borrowers. From September 2023, the interest rate on student loans will also be set to RPI+0%. Additionally, the length of time that students have to pay their loans back until they can be written off has been extended from 30 to 40 years. University tuition fees have bee ...

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned the government that the planned rise in national insurance will squeeze budgets and affect economic growth. The rise will see employers, employees and the self-employed pay 1.25p more in the pound from April 2022. From April 2023, the extra tax will be collected as part of the new Health and Social Care Levy. Prime Minist ...

Consumer group Which? has urged taxpayers to avoid using so-called 'refund firms' to claim tax rebates. Which? stated that people are losing hundreds of pounds by using third-party companies to claim tax rebates rather than going directly to HMRC. Research carried out by the group found that one in five people had been either contacted directly by a tax refund company via ema ...

HMRC has reminded self assessment taxpayers to declare any COVID-19 grant payments on their 2020/21 tax return. According to HMRC, more than 2.7 million customers claimed at least one Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payment up to 5 April 2021. The tax authority says these grants are taxable and customers should declare them on their 2020/21 tax return before the ...

The standard three-day waiting time for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be reinstated for coronavirus (COVID-19)-related claims from 25 March 2022, unless the government intervenes. Under standard rules in the UK, employers do not have to pay SSP to an employee until the fourth qualifying day in the Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW). The PIW is a period of sickness lasting fou ...

From 1 April 2022, there are changes to both the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW). Current and future rates of National Living/Minimum Wage are as follows:   Rate from April 2022 Current rate (April 2021 to March 2022 Increase National Living Wage £9.50 £8.91 6.6% 21-22 Year Old Rate £9.18 £8.36 9.8% 18-20 Year Old Rate ...

In light of the influx of government support measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC is in the process of issuing notices to self assessment taxpayers, reminding them to ensure that they have the correct information in order to complete their tax return. This year, in addition to the regular self assessment disclosures, taxpayers will also have to declar ...

HMRC has recently issued letters targeting UK residents who hold cryptoassets (such as BitCoin) to consider their capital gains tax (CGT) position. In the letter, HMRC have advised taxpayers to determine whether they have made a disposal of such assets – in the 2020/21 tax year or earlier – and have set out further points on how taxpayers should then proceed. Individuals need ...

The government has doubled the period for filing and payment of capital gains tax (CGT) on residential property from 30 days to 60 days. The measure was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the recent Autumn Budget. The change applies from 27 October 2021. It sees the deadline for residents to report and pay CGT after selling UK residential property increase from 30 days af ...

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that millions of people will be worse off in 2022 as a result of spiralling costs and tax rises. Responding to the Autumn Budget, the IFS predicted that low-income families will be squeezed by a rise in the cost of living. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) recently warned that the cost of living is set to rise at it ...