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Child Benefit claims can now be made online

Child Benefit claims can now be made online

For the first time in the 47 years since Child Benefit was launched, new parents can claim their Child Benefit online in a significantly faster way than the previous process allowed, according to HMRC. The previous method – which had been in place since 1977 – was to...
Self-assessment deadline is looming again

Self-assessment deadline is looming again

The start of the year is always the time when anyone who needs to file a self-assessment return should get their skates on if they haven’t filed yet. The deadline for filing your self-assessment is January 31, and anyone not hitting the target could be setting...
Remortgaging: Interest relief

Remortgaging: Interest relief

The tax legislation states that a deduction from rental profits is allowable for expenses incurred ‘wholly and exclusively’ for the purposes of the business. This short and general provision has resulted in uncertainty and case law disputes between taxpayers and HMRC...
Tax advice error could impact your State Pension

Tax advice error could impact your State Pension

Group income protection policies taken out through employer salary sacrifice schemes have been wrongly treated for tax thanks to incorrect advice given by HMRC to the Association of British Insurers back in October 2019. Even though HMRC corrected this advice in...
How to spot tax avoidance schemes

How to spot tax avoidance schemes

Thousands of people found themselves caught up in the IR35 tax avoidance problems, where freelancers who were earning through a limited company set up to deal with their income were deemed – retrospectively – by HMRC to have been involved in tax avoidance. In short,...