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Student tax scam warning

23/09/2021

HMRC is warning new students starting university that they could be targeted by scammers trying to steal their money and personal details. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to tax scams. This is especially prevalent if they have a part-time job and are new to interacting with HMRC. This year,...

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New timetable for import controls

23/09/2021

There are special procedures for importing goods into the UK. Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the process for importing goods from the EU effectively mirrors the process for all other international destinations. On 14 September 2021, a revised timetable for the introduction of full import controls...

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Government announces winter COVID plan

23/09/2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has set out the government’s autumn and winter plan for managing Covid. The government is aiming to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure. The government plans to achieve this...

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SEISS claims deadline in a few days

23/09/2021

The final deadline for making a claim under the 5th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is 30 September 2021. The SEISS scheme is only open to those self-employed with annual profits of less than £50,000 and who receive at least half their income from self-employment. Self-employed persons whose turnover has fallen by more...

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VAT register inactivity

23/09/2021

HMRC’s published guidance titled ‘Check genuine HMRC contact that uses more than one communication method’ has been updated. The list is intended to help taxpayers check if recent contacts purporting to be from HMRC are actually a scam. The guidance contains a list of emails, phone calls, letters and text messages recently issued by HMRC...

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Want to complain about HMRC?

23/09/2021

Taxpayers may find themselves in a position where they need to make a complaint about HMRC’s service. Complaints can relate to many different issues such as unreasonable delays, mistakes and poor treatment by HMRC’s staff. Note, there is a separate procedure to be followed by taxpayers that disagree with a decision of HMRC or that wish to...

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Outdoor measures to be made permanent

20/09/2021

Temporary measures that have given a huge boost to high streets and hospitality during the pandemic could be made permanent following a public consultation launched in September 2021. From marquees being put up in pub grounds, to street markets operating all year round, permitted development rights that have allowed people to enjoy al...

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Budget date announced

16/09/2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the next UK Budget will take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021. This will be the Chancellor’s third Budget and the first one to revert back to the Autumn Budget schedule that was interrupted first by Brexit related issues and then by the coronavirus pandemic. It means that...

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Pension triple-lock abandoned for one year

16/09/2021

The government has confirmed that its triple-lock guarantee on pensions is to be abandoned for one year. The guarantee was first introduced in 2010 and has remained in place until now. This guarantee has seen the full yearly State Pension increase by over £2,050 in this period. The triple-lock is the mechanism used to calculate increases...

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Capped social care costs from October 2023

16/09/2021

The government has announced new plans to cap social care costs in England from October 2023. This change is expected to see the introduction of a new £86,000 cap on care costs across an individual’s lifetime. There will also be the following measures of financial assistance for those without substantial assets: Anyone with less than...

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