New Increase to Statutory Legacy on Intestacy

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From July 26th (2023), the government has confirmed an increase to the Statutory Legacy on intestacy, from £270,000 to £322,000 (fixed net sum). When someone who has children passes away without a Will (otherwise known as “intestate”), this is the value of personal possessions that the surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to first,…

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The Renters (Reform) Bill – How Will it Affect Landlords?

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Introduced to Parliament on 17th May 2023, the Renters (Reform) Bill proposes a new set of measures for the private rental property market – from abolishing Section 21 evictions to ending fixed-term tenancies. Though the bill hasn’t yet become law, it’s essential for landlords to identify what elements may be of concern so that they…

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Inheritance Tax (IHT) Receipts by HMRC Up 18% Since 2022

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HMRC has released data that Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts have increased by 18% in January 2023, compared to the financial year prior – currently, receipts are at £5.9 billion, which is £900 million higher than last year. This increase has been driven by HMRC targeting high-value estates, the increase in house prices from 2020-2022, and…

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HMRC Investigates Airbnb Landlords with Short-Term Lettings


HMRC is writing to landlords who may have undeclared income from short-term lets and holiday homes – with online platforms such as Airbnb and now obliged to provide payment data to the government. The number of individuals with unreported income on second homes is believed to be around 700,000, about a third of landlords…

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HMRC Chases 4,300 Influencers and Content Creators Over Tax


To keep up with the rapid expansion of the digital economy, HMRC is chasing thousands of influencers and content creators, including gamers and retailers, for taxes that haven’t been paid on income or gifts received online. This includes people who earn money in exchange for product promotion, as well as those who are paid by…

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Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) Re-Launched for SMEs


The Recovery Loan Scheme has entered a new phase to provide SMEs with easy access to finance to invest in their business’s growth. This revised scheme is planned to run until 2024, has replaced CBILS and Bounce Back Loans, and is still open to eligible businesses that have already taken out government-backed finance. For most,…

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Can’t Repay Your Company’s Bounce Back Loan? See The Options

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The government introduced the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – with emergency finance of up to £50,000 without a personal guarantee* – to support eligible businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic. However, since the 12-month payment holiday ended, many companies have experienced cash flow issues, and have been unable make the monthly repayments. If this sounds…

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Autumn Statement 2022: Key Tax Change Highlights

This morning (Thursday 17th November), Chancellor Hunt unveiled his 2022 Autumn Statement, featuring tax rises and spending cuts worth billions, in order to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, and rebuild the UK economy. The changes include freezing allowances and thresholds that will pull millions into paying tax for the first time, hundreds of thousands into higher…

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Making Tax Digital for Income Tax – How to Get MTD Ready

Making Tax Digital (MTD) adverts are all over the TV and radio – and MTD for VAT returns is already in place. But, are you aware of MTD for Income Tax, and how it will affect you? Perhaps you’re unsure because your business is new, or you’ve managed without an Accountant until now? We will…

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Emergency Mini-Budget 2022 – Key Highlights

This morning (Friday 23rd September), Chancellor Kwarteng unveiled his ambitious new “Growth Plan” to tackle inflation, support businesses, and help households. He’s aiming for a 2.5% trend of growth, and key highlights are: Corporation Tax remains at 19%, with the planned rise cancelled Basic rate Income Tax will be cut to 19% in April 2023…

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