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Welcome to our February 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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Star accountancy trainee achieves professional qualification

Staff and Partners at leading High Wycombe accountancy firm The Fish Partnership have congratulated one of their trainees on completing the prestigious ACA qualification.

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Fish Partnership open door to new payroll assistant

One of High Wycombe’s largest firms of chartered accountants, The Fish Partnership, has welcomed a new payroll assistant to its expanding team.

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HMRC publishes long-awaited responses to Making Tax Digital consultations

The Government’s long-awaited responses to six consultations about Making Tax Digital (MTD) which were originally opened in August 2016 were published at the end of January.

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Small firms to be helped with bank switching

The UK’s large army of small businesses will soon be able to switch their accounts between banks more easily, following changes to bank competition rules.

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Small businesses used to plug tax gap

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been accused of using small and medium-sized businesses to plug the UK’s tax gap, following a report which showed an additional £468 million was generated in tax revenue by SMEs in 2016.

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Do you know the rules on claiming capital allowances on cars?

If you buy and use cars in your business, you can claim capital allowances on their value, allowing you to deduct part of the value from your pre-tax profits using writing down allowances.

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Businesses encouraged to cash-in older currency

From 5 May 2017, the old paper £5 note will no longer be legal tender and may not be accepted in shops and could be refused by banks.

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Don’t miss out on grandparents’ pension boost

A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that just 1,300 people have claimed National Insurance (NI) credits, which can help them ensure their entitlement to the full state pension when they reach retirement age, if they have left employment to care for grandchildren or other relatives under the age of 12.

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Key Dates

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

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

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

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.