Indirect Tax

What is Indirect Tax?

The saying goes, “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes,” and it is certainly true that tax is prevalent in pretty much every part of your life involving formalised commerce. Avoiding paying taxes is a crime, and you can find yourself in terrible trouble if you get caught doing so. However, aside …

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Business-rates

Incoming business rate changes?

The new year is bringing in some exciting potential changes to business rates. Our government is conducting a review of the entire business rate system, with results likely to be announced in Spring 2021. This is occurring due to the widely held opinion that the current system is in need of updating since it is …

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Staff parties

Staff and customer Christmas gifts

You may think that at the end of a long hard year, like 2020, your staff and customers deserve an extra bonus or gift so you can show your gratitude. Gifts for your customers do fall into the category of entertainment, an expense which is not usually tax-deductible. However, there are some exceptions to this …

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Working office hours

Is the 9-5 model really the most effective use of our time?

As Dolly Parton iconically sang, regular 9-5 working hours can be soul-destroying. Although it is true that for some people, working the same hours every day and sticking to a structured routine can be beneficial, for many of us, it has been linked to higher incidences of stress-related illnesses. Where did the 8-hour workday come …

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SEISS grants

SEISS grants extension explained

With the new lockdown imposition, the government has announced extensions to the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS). This is in the form of two more grants, which are available to apply for. Similar to the job retention scheme, the government is paying up to 80% of self-employed peoples’ profits. The total grant is based on …

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