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Are you on track to qualify for a full State Pension?

21 Jun, 2018

Anyone aged 16 or over and at least 30 days from their State Pension age can request a State Pension statement from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). The statement provides an estimate of how much State Pension they can expect to receive when they reach State Pension age. The estimate is based on the applicant's National Insurance Contribution record as it stands on the date the statement is produced.

New “Spotlight” explains impact on pensions of maternity leave

18 Jun, 2018

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has published a “Maternity Leave Spotlight” outlining the impact on pensions of maternity leave. It also covers what happens when the employee returns to work and the impact of having a baby on the state pension. Although aimed at employees rather than employers, the Spotlight is a useful summary for employers of the law in this area.

The Spotlight confirms that employers and employees are required to continue contributing to a pension scheme during maternity leave as follows:

Impact on pensions of maternity leave

18 Jun, 2018

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has published a “Maternity Leave Spotlight” outlining the impact on pensions of maternity leave. It also covers what happens when the employee returns to work and the impact of having a baby on the state pension. Although aimed at employees rather than employers, the Spotlight is a useful summary for employers of the law in this area.

The Spotlight confirms that employers and employees are required to continue contributing to a pension scheme during maternity leave as follows:

Claim back pre-registration VAT

13 Jun, 2018

There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registers for VAT. This type of VAT is known as pre-registration input VAT. There are different rules for the supply of goods and services and VAT can only be reclaimed if the pre-registration expenses relate to the supply of taxable goods or services by the newly VAT registered business.

The time limit is backdated from the date of registration and is:

The maternity allowance

13 Jun, 2018

The maternity allowance is a financial benefit for pregnant women who are self-employed, who are working but do not qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) or who have recently stopped working. The maternity allowance is paid directly by the Department for Work and Pensions for up to 39 weeks for qualifying applicants. An application must be made for the maternity allowance using the Department for Work and Pensions - Maternity Allowance claim form (MA1).

When do charities pay or not pay tax?

13 Jun, 2018

The tax treatment of charities is complex. Many charities trade either as part of their charitable interests or to raise funds. As a first step, any charity hoping to claim from beneficial tax treatment needs to be recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes by HMRC as well as meeting other criteria.

A recognised charity may qualify for a number of tax exemptions and reliefs on income and gains, and on profits for certain activities. For example, charities don’t pay tax on most types of income as long as they use the money for charitable purposes.

VAT reverse charge may be coming to the construction sector

13 Jun, 2018

HMRC has launched a new consultation inviting comments from interested parties regarding the introduction of new VAT reverse charge legislation for certain construction services. The new legislation will make the supply of construction services between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge.

Dormant assets scheme to be expanded

13 Jun, 2018

The Government has announced that the dormant asset schemes is to be expanded to include to a wider set of financial assets including stocks, shares, pensions or bonds. The government has appointed four 'industry champions' to expand the dormant assets scheme across these four important financial sectors.

Don’t forget to renew your tax credit claims

13 Jun, 2018

Families and individuals that receive tax credits should ensure that they renew their tax credit claims by 31 July 2018. Claimants who do not renew on-time may have their payments stopped.

Companies and capital gains

13 Jun, 2018

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is not payable by limited companies or unincorporated associations when they sell an asset and make a gain. Instead, the gain (proceeds less any allowable costs and reliefs) is subject to Corporation Tax at the applicable rate, currently 19%. There are various allowances and reliefs available that can reduce the amount of Corporation Tax payable.

World Cup 2018 – Acas guidance

11 Jun, 2018

The World Cup 2018 will take place in Russia between Thursday, 14 June and Sunday, 15 July 2018, with 32 national football teams taking part, including England. Football match times in the UK will vary between 1pm and 8pm. Acas has now published new guidance explaining how employers worried about staff productivity should start planning now to reduce the impact the World Cup could have on their business. The guidance covers the following topics:

Religion and belief discrimination

11 Jun, 2018

Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief discrimination in the workplace. The 26-page guidance booklet, entitled “Religion or belief discrimination: key points for the workplace”, primarily offers employers, managers, HR professionals, employees and job applicants a grounding in how to reduce the chance of religion or belief discrimination happening in the workplace, how it might still occur and how it should be dealt with if it does happen.

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