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Welcome to our December Newswire...

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The office will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and Re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 8.30am.

Chancellor talks of small businesses as ‘backbone of British economy’ but delivers little to SMEs, says The Fish Partnership

One of High Wycombe’s leading firms of accountants, The Fish Partnership, has reviewed the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget and says that it offers little to help small businesses.

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Weak pound is a double edged sword for farmers, says Fish Partnership

A leading agricultural specialist from award-winning accountancy firm, The Fish Partnership, has said that official figures on farm profits are only one side of the story when it comes to Brexit.

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Chancellor fails to deliver on Office for Tax Simplification’s VAT simplification recommendations

The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) recently published its findings following a review intended to ensure the VAT system remains relevant.

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Chasing outstanding debts from an individual or sole trader? The process has changed

Outstanding payments can be a major headache for SMEs as they can have a significant effect on cashflow and seeking payment can take up time that would be better spent on running the business.

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Simple by name, but not necessarily by nature

Earlier this year, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) introduced Simple Assessments for some taxpayers who have, until now, been required to complete Self-Assessment Tax Returns.

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Class 2 and 4 NIC merger delayed until 6 April 2019

The abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will now be delayed until 6 April 2019, according to a new written statement to the House of Commons.

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Business rates to switch from RPI to CPI, saving SMEs billions of pounds

Businesses across the UK have welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to bring forward plans changing the way business rates are set by two years.

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SMEs risk losing out on Christmas income totalling £2bn if they don’t accept cards

A new study has revealed that almost half of all shoppers will not spend money with a business this Christmas if it doesn’t provide facilities to pay by card.

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Don’t forget the Self-Assessment deadline

While most people will be focused on the festive celebrations at this time of the year, businesses and their owners must not forget the all-important Self-Assessment deadline.

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Key Dates

19 December 2017 – Deadline for postal payments remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC.

22 December 2017 – Deadline for electronic remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC.

30 December 2017 – Deadline for filing Income Tax return with HMRC if Tax to be collected through PAYE Code Number.