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Many employers help employees with childcare costs, often by providing childcare vouchers by way of salary sacrifice. Following the roll out of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), the new government scheme to help working parents, existing Employer-Supported Childcare (ESC) schemes were expected to close to new joiners from April 2018. However following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement ...

The personal allowance for 2018/19 is £11,850. However, some individuals do not benefit from the full personal allowance. There is a reduction in the personal allowance for those with ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000, which is £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000. So for 2018/19 there is no personal allowance where adjusted net income exceeds £123,700. The basic rate o ...

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On Monday 26th March 2018 we held an Easter Bake in aid of our sponsored charities, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Lymphoma Association, at our offices in Weybridge and Sunninghill. The theme this time was “The Big Easter Bake”.  Savoury and sweet entries were encouraged and there were an impressive array of entries, many with Easter themes – a lot of little chicks, eggs and a coup ...

The Pensions Regulator has announced that the number of employers meeting their workplace pension duties has reached one million and that statistics show that approximately 9.3 million people are saving into a pension. TPR’s Director of Automatic Enrolment, Darren Ryder, said: ‘I am delighted we have reached this important landmark, which shows how far we have come since the ...

Families who are incorrectly filling in homemade Wills could be disinheriting their children. So-called ‘Do-It-Yourself’ kits have grown in popularity over recent years, namely because of the reduced cost. Tempted by the price of just £20 in some cases, an increasing number of people are choosing to consolidate their final wishes using a DIY kit, or are at least attempting to. ...

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HMRC have announced that they have stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages ‘with 90 percent of the most convincing texts now halted before they reach their phones’. HMRC’s press release states: ‘Fraudsters alleging to be from HMRC send text messages to unsuspecting members of the public. In these messages they will make false claims, such as suggestin ...

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With the end of the tax year looming there is still time to save tax for 2017/18. We have set out some points you may want to consider. • 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 2017/18 tax year. A save ...

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The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages. The scheme first made its debut in April 2017 and although there have been initial systems problems, HMRC’s aim is to have the scheme open to all eligible parents by 14 February 2018. Application is made onli ...

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We had two Budgets in 2017 and the Spring Statement is planned for Tuesday 13 March. The Chancellor Philip Hammond has previously stated that at the Spring Statement he will respond to the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast, consider longer-term tax challenges and start consultations on how they can be addressed. The government has the option to make immediate changes to ...

We’re extremely proud to have been awarded the Best Companies 1 Star Accreditation for Workplace Engagement. Alongside this, the Best Companies survey demonstrated that our employees have “very good” levels of workplace engagement. What is the Best Companies Survey? The Best Companies Survey is a set of 70 academically designed questions based on their ‘8 factors of workplace ...