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Welcome to our December Newswire...

Our aim is to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the best possible advantages in working with us. This newswire will be sent regularly to help achieve this aim, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

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Please note we will be closing our Office for the Festive period from 17:00 on 23rd December 2016 and re-open at 08:30 on 3rd January 2017.

Rural businesses should make the most of new rates relief, says The Fish Partnership

Leading agricultural accountancy firm The Fish Partnership is calling on farmers and businesses to make the most out of the new Rural Rate Relief announced in the Autumn Statement.

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SMEs given greater certainty over future with abolition of Autumn Statement, says The Fish Partnership

When the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond rose to give his first Autumn Statement few would have thought that it would be the last he would ever give.

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Government moves to curb salary sacrifice

Ahead of the 2016 Autumn Statement there were rumours that the Chancellor Philip Hammond might limit the perks offered to employees by their employers.

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Goodbye to the Autumn Statement

The most significant announcement at last month’s Autumn Statement was possibly the announcement that this would be the last Autumn Statement.

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Small businesses to see changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme

Small business users of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme who have low costs may see the rate they pay drastically increase under new changes.

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Making Tax Digital: Update on government plans due in January

Despite being perhaps the most significant change to the UK tax system in decades, Making Tax Digital (MTD) did not receive a single mention from the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement.

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Tax avoidance clampdown aims to raise extra £2bn by 2022

During the last few Budgets and Autumn Statements the government has made moves to prevent tax avoidance and evasion – and the latest fiscal event was no different.

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Reminder: Inheritance Tax nil-rate band on main residence to go up in the new year

A new additional nil-rate band of £100,000 for inheritance tax on main residences, when bequeathed to a direct descendent, is set to come into effect from April 2017.

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Key Dates

19 December 2016 – Deadline for postal payments remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC.

22 December 2016 – Deadline for electronic remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC.

30 December 2016 – Deadline for filing Income Tax return with HMRC if Tax to be collected through PAYE Code Number.

Payments of PAYE and NI must reach HMRC by the 19th of the month following the tax month in which the salary payment was made if paying by cheque, or by the 22nd of the month if paying electronically. Please note that if the 19th or 22nd falls on a weekend or bank holiday, payment must reach HMRC on the last working day before the weekend or holiday.