How to recognise tax scam phone calls, emails and text messages

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently published updated its guidance on how to identify tax scams made by phone, email, or text. It advises that if you receive a phone call, email, or text message that purports to be from HMRC, it is likely to be fake if it: rushes you; is threatening; is […]

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Year-End Tax Planning: Maximising benefits for your business

We are now within the final two months of the tax year, and for many businesses, the end of the tax year is also the end of the business’s financial year. This can be a good time to review your business tax planning to ensure that you minimise tax. Assessing profit extraction methods Particularly for […]

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Countdown For 5.7 million People To File Their Tax Return

With less than a month to go to the self-assessment deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging nearly 5.7 million customers to file their tax returns for the 2022 to 2023 tax year. HMRC data shows almost 6.5 million customers have already beaten the Self Assessment clock by filing their tax return including 49,317 […]

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UK Economy Growing Faster Than Expected

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last week unveiled the government’s tax and spending plans in the Autumn Statement. He began his speech by saying that there were 110 measures to “Help grow the British economy”. Growth is better than expected this year according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), although they said the impact of the […]

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Scams warning for 12 million Self Assessment customers

Self Assessment customers are urged to be on the lookout for scam texts, emails and phone calls from fraudsters. This warning comes as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received more than 130,000 reports about tax scams in the 12 months to September 2023, of which 58,000 were offering fake tax rebates. With around 12 million […]

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Self-Assessment Deadline Looms – Talk To Us Today

Taxpayers who need to submit a tax return for the tax year to April 5th 2023 have less than a month to register for self-assessment. The deadline is October 5th 2023 and people who no longer need to file a tax return should also contact HMRC to have their notice to file withdrawn. The deadline […]

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Two New Partners for Barter Durgan

Barter Durgan has two new partners – Chelzea Kerr and Emma Zeqo. Chelzea has worked at the firm for 13 years, having initially been at the firm on a summer placement She went on to graduate from university and joined Barter Durgan as a trainee accountant, later qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Emma has been […]

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Self-Assessment Threshold Increased To £150,000 – And Some People May Pay More Tax

Taxpayers earning between £100,000 and £150,000 whose only income is taxed under PAYE will be removed from self-assessment from the 2023/24 tax year onwards, which could result in those affected paying more tax. That’s because from tax year 2023 to 2024 onwards, the Self Assessment threshold for customers taxed through PAYE only, will change from […]

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HMRC closes its Self-Assessment helpline for three months

HM Revenue and Customs has closed its Self-Assesment helpline for three months. The helpline closed last week with just five days’ notice. The HMRC says it is piloting a new seasonal model for the Self Assessment helpline, to prioritise helping those with urgent queries. The trial will last for three months and will see self-assessment […]

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Government extends deadline for voluntary National Insurance contributions

Taxpayers now have until April 5th 2025 to fill gaps in their National Insurance record, the government has announced. Extending the voluntary National Insurance contributions deadline until 2025 means that people have more time to properly consider whether paying voluntary contributions is right for them and ensures no-one need miss out on the possibility of […]

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