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Employer Supported Childcare

Posted by Kath Docherty on March 15, 2017  /   Posted in Employers, Hot Topics

Employer supported childcare, commonly by way of childcare voucher, is for many employers and employees a tax and national insurance efficient perk. We consider the implications of this type of benefit on the employer and employee.

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Auto enrolment – how this affects small businesses

Posted by Kath Docherty on February 07, 2017  /   Posted in Contractors, Directors Remuneration, Employers, Hot Topics

Automatic enrolment legislation will affect all employers with at least one member of staff in the UK. An employer’s duties will “switch on” from their staging date. By now, many small businesses have received their letter from the pensions regulator with their staging date. If you don’t know yours yet, please contact us and we can confirm this for you.

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Public Sector Contractors – all change from April 17!

Posted by Kath Docherty on February 03, 2017  /   Posted in Contractors, Directors Remuneration, Dividends, Hot Topics

Those who work in the public sector will be only too well aware of the additional scrutiny on the use of freelancers and how they operate their tax affairs.

Over the last year, we have received calls from clients who have been asked to provide assurances about their IR35 status and tax affairs.

Our advice has been:

  1. Ensure your contracts are reviewed for IR35 – we would suggest this is carried out by independent expert providers rather than using the HMRC helpline and,
  2. Assuming this review concludes they are operating outside of IR35 – then using a mixture of salary and dividends for extracting funds out of a limited company remains a robust and effective mechanism for achieving tax efficiency.

What happened in the Autumn Statement 2016?

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