With Making Tax Digital for VAT now underway we wish to make sure that all our affected clients are ready for the next milestone. Where Ward Williams assist with filing a business VAT return we will be liaising or arranging with that business to ensure that it is signed up at HMRC for MTD at the appropriate time.  For other businesses then the sign up is at https://www.gov.uk/ ...

As a member of the Society of Will Writers (SWW), you must abide by their three compulsory requirements of Membership. These include ongoing training and development, code of practice compliance, and a comprehensive insurance policy to cover estate planning activities. Choosing a qualified and knowledgeable Will Writer based on their track record, their expertise and how they w ...

An individual with assets at their disposal may be prepared to make absolute gifts of those assets to relatives or friends, as steps towards inheritance tax (IHT) planning. Whilst a direct gift has the benefits of simplicity, there are a number of reasons why an individual may not wish to make outright gifts, such as loss of control, the age or personal/financial circumstances ...

IHT, Tax

HMRC has published a list of businesses that have not met their obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations. As a supervisor of the Money Laundering Regulations HMRC has a duty to publish details of businesses that have been penalised for not complying with the regulations. HMRC advises that it considers cases individually to decide whether to publish details in full, ...

HMRC has warned young people in the UK to 'stay vigilant' in order to avoid falling victim to 'Springtime' tax refund scams. Criminals often target young individuals or the elderly as these groups of people are likely to be less familiar with the UK tax system. During the months of April and May, criminals often bombard taxpayers with tax refund scams at the same time as genui ...

With the end of the tax year looming there is still time to save tax for 2018/19. Make full use of your ISA allowance - ISAs can offer a useful tax free way to save, whether this is for your children's future, a first home or another purpose. Individuals may invest up to a limit of £20,000 for the 2018/19 tax year. Savers have until 5 April 2019 to make their 2018/19 ISA inv ...

Tax

From 6 April 2019, new legislation will change how UK employers provide payslips to their workforces. More specifically, under the new system employers will have to deliver itemised payslips to every worker on their payroll, not just those classified as ‘employees’. Current legislation does not require payslips to be issued to contractors, freelancers, and other types of ‘non-e ...

The Insolvency Service has urged individuals saving for retirement to protect their pension pots from criminals and ‘negligent trustees'. Research carried out by the Service found that criminals use a range of tactics to convince savers to part with their funds, including persuading individuals to access their pension and invest in unregulated schemes. Pension scam victims lo ...

Since 2017, HMRC has captured millions of callers’ voice data on its Voice ID system by encouraging the caller to say a key phrase instead of the conventional password to gain access to their accounts. However, non-profit organisation Big Brother Watch warns that people have been ‘railroaded into a mass ID scheme by the back door’ and has reported HMRC to the Information Commi ...

New probate fees, due to come into force from April 2019, will see a banded system of probate fees for all estates valued over £50,000. Currently a flat fee of £155 is payable upon a probate application made by an accountant (as an authorised provider of probate services) or £215 for an application made by an individual. These fees were set in 2014 and raise £45m per year, whi ...