Brexit Guide: March 2018

Nearly 2 years on from the Brexit vote, where does Britain stands in terms of the EU divorce? Well, the truth is that nobody really knows…Both Britain and the EU have different ideas on what a post-Brexit relationship would look like. Theresa May, following the Brexit vote,

Car Tax Costs to Increase for Diesel Drivers

At the start of the current tax year in April 2017, new car tax rules came into effect. This set of tax bands for Vehicle Excise Duty only applies to new car buyers. If you bought your car before April 2017, you don’t need to worry about

Taxpayers Targeted by Text Message Scams

The tax authority HMRC is one of the most common brands fraudsters use in their “phishing” schemes. The word is a homophone of “fishing,” as people will fish for personal information using bait. Often, this bait is a fake prize (something along the lines of “enter your details

How to Meet the Deadline for Self-Assessment Tax Returns

6th April 2016 – 5th April 2017 Tax Returns Due The deadline for tax returns for the 2016-2017 tax year is looming. Millions of Brits will need to submit their forms and pay any tax they owe by midnight on 31st January. Failure to meet this deadline can result in

Could You Be Entitled to More Benefits?

The Resolution Foundation think tank reports that an estimated 300,000 British people could be entitled to benefits which they aren’t claiming. These people either don’t have jobs or have very low incomes, so they could be receiving support from the government. The Forgotten Unemployed Only 800,000 out of 1.5 million unemployed

Continued Benefits Freeze Could Push Half a Million People Into Poverty

Following just twenty minutes after last month’s Royal Wedding announcement was a much grimmer statement. Despite calls to scrap the plan, the four-year benefits freeze announced in summer 2015 will definitely continue until 2019. The benefits freeze affects child benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance,

Benefit Payment Christmas Dates 2017

To check the dates for Christmas benefits payments in your local area call – 0843 178 4096. Christmas is an exciting time of the year but if you claim benefits it can also be one of the most worrying times of the year. If you’re worried that

Job Centre Christmas Opening Hours 2017

To find out the opening hours for your local Job Centre at Christmas, call  0844 248 2557.   Over the Christmas and New Year period, many places of business often restrict their usual opening times. The same goes for Job Centres across the UK, known as Jobcentre Plus. The

IR35 Reform: Changes to Tax Rules for Off-Payroll Workers

In April 2017, HMRC reformed the rules for intermediary employment in the public sector. The aim of this reform is to ensure that freelance workers and the companies that employ their services are paying the correct amount of tax they owe to HMRC. Before this change, it

Potential Universal Credit U-turn Could be Seen in the Near Future.

There is a possible u-turn in the future for the policies surrounding the universal credit benefits system, which has begun edging closer as more Tory backbenchers have started to voice their concerns with the system. Many have been left arguing against the current decision to have all