What we think


The Apprenticeship Levy

The way the government funds apprenticeships in the UK will change in Spring 2017. Whilst only some larger employers will be charged a new apprenticeship levy, actual apprenticeship funding will change for all employers. What is an apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with an accompanying skills development plan. It must last for at least… Read more


Hammond’s U-Turn. A National Insurance Climb Down

The Chancellor has today made a surprise U-turn on the widely criticised increase to class 4 national insurance rates from 2018, announced in last week’s Budget.  Whilst we welcome the climb down, it is worth noting two things. First, the threshold at which the higher rate of class 4 NIC is applied increases from 6… Read more



Budget 2017 highlights

The main points announced and confirmed today were: Individuals Personal allowance confirmed to increase to £11,500 from April 2017 and £12,500 by 2020 Higher rate threshold to increase to £45,000 from April 2017 and £50,000 by 2020 Class 2 will still be abolished from April 2018 Class 4 national insurance on self-employed will increase to… Read more


SILLY TAXPAYER EXCUSES FROM HMRC

HMRC have released some of the more unusual excuses from taxpayers who failed to complete their self-assessment tax return on time. We hope you enjoy this list of silly taxpayer excuses! These include: 1. ‘My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire’ 2. ‘A wasp in my car caused me to have an accident… Read more