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Welcome to our May 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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Protect your property investment

Our team of property tax specialists at The Fish Partnership are holding a free seminar to help you to understand how the recent tax changes will affect your property investment.

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Poll by Fish Partnership Chartered Accountants finds majority of SMEs backing Brexit

A poll carried out by Fish Partnership Chartered Accountants has found a majority of respondents backing Brexit. The firm, based in High Wycombe, invited small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to respond to the poll.

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Independent watchdog questions quarterly business tax updates

The Administrative Burdens Advisory Board (ABAB) has said it has serious concerns about the government’s proposals to introduce quarterly reporting, similar to tax returns, for businesses.

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UK still struggling with productivity

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that labour productivity – measured as output per hour – fell by 1.2 per cent in the final quarter of 2015.

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UK’s small businesses ignoring minor expense claims

A new report has found that UK freelancers, sole traders and micro-businesses could potentially be failing to claim millions of pounds worth of tax relief from unclaimed expenses they deem too small or time-consuming.

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New rules on Entrepreneurs’ Relief

The Chancellor announced new rules on Entrepreneurs’ Relief in this year’s Budget, lessening some of the challenging restrictions he introduced last year. However, this year’s changes look set to lead to problems of their own.

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Changes to Employment Allowance

Significant changes to Employment Allowance that were first announced by the Chancellor in his 2015 Budget came into effect at the start of the new financial year on 6 April.

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Personal Service Companies in the Public Sector

The rules on using Personal Service Companies (PSCs) in the public sector are set to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017.

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Credit ratings under threat from unaudited accounts

Under changes introduced by the Government in January, companies can now legally opt out of auditing their accounts if they fall below the £10.2 million statutory threshold, but they may risk their credit ratings by doing so.

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Key Dates

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

31 May 2016 – P60s to be given to all employees.

7 June 2016 – VAT returns and payments due for Accounting Quarter period ending 30 April if filed online.

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.