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Welcome to our January 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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Close-knit local accountants raise money for South Bucks Hospice

A team of accountants from High Wycombe are celebrating after raising money South Bucks Hospice with a Christmas jumper day.

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Pre-school hopping happy with accountant’s donation

Staff and children at Come and Play Pre-school in Hazlemere are jumping for joy following a donation of £250 to pay for a new hopscotch game in their garden.

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Fish Partnership welcomes new tax assistant

Leading independent accountants The Fish Partnership has welcomed a new Junior Tax Assistant to their offices in High Wycombe.

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IHT: Don’t forget to transfer any unused nil rate band

The rules around inheritance tax (IHT) allow spouses or civil partners to transfer any unused nil rate band to the surviving spouse or civil partner, following his or her death. This means that a person’s estate can benefit from twice the nil rate band that would normally apply.

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4.4 million extra people saving into workplace pensions

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that since 2012, the number of people saving into a workplace pension has increased by 4.4 million.

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UK property taxes are highest in developed world, says OECD

New analysis from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed that property taxes in the UK are higher than any other developed country.

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If you miss the self-assessment deadline, what will your excuse be?

The deadline for self-assessment tax returns is looming on 31 January. If you have not yet submitted your tax return or provided us with all the information needed to do so for you, it is crucial that you let us have this as soon as possible.

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Economic growth looks set to slow

Research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed that economic growth across the whole of the UK is likely to continue to slowdown during 2017 and 2018.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax receipts hit record levels

Figures released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) last month revealed a record Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) take of £7.7bn in the first eight months of this financial year.

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Treasury coffers boosted by around £400m following HMRC crackdown

The Treasury’s coffers were boosted by nearly £400m in 2016, following a crackdown by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on tax avoidance.

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Key Dates

19 January 2017 – Quarterly payment PAYE Tax and NIC for year ended 1 January 2017. Deadline for postal payments remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC.

22 January 2017 – Quarterly payment PAYE Tax and NIC for year ended 1 January 2017. Deadline for electronic remittance of PAYE, NICs and CIS to HMRC for month ended 5 January 2017.

31 January 2017 – Deadline for paying Self Assessment balancing payment and capital gains Tax for tax year ended 5 April 2016. Deadline for 1st payment on Self Assessment account for 2016/17.

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.

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.