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Capital Gains Tax May Double for Second Home Owners

November 2020

Capital Gains Tax

The new government review, commissioned by Rishi Sunak, has suggested that the amount of tax levied on capital gains should be raised by billions of pounds. This will principally affect those who own second homes (including landlords) or assets not shielded from tax. The review was launched by Mr Sunak as part of his strategy […]


Grants for Employers: Kickstart Scheme

November 2020

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Employers will receive a £1,500 grant per Kickstart job placement, helping you to help others. Since our last campaign regarding the Government Kickstart Scheme, we have received a high volume of responses from employers. We want to let you know that we are still offering this service, and with the second lockdown and its potential […]


Furlough Update: 5th November 2020

November 2020

Furlough Update 5th November

Rishi Sunak announced on 5th November that the Furlough scheme has been extended, and will remain in place until the end of March. 5th November updates: To qualify for furlough: Employees need to have been on RTI submission before 30th October Employees P45’d before the 23rd September do not qualify However, employees P45’d after this […]


Looking After Your Mental Health During Lockdown

November 2020

Aston Shaw Mental Health During Lockdown

You have made it through one lockdown, you can do it again. Of course, there are general well-being tips that are relevant year-round regardless of lockdown. However, doing what you can to help your mental health during these turbulent times is more important than ever. Daily Schedule It can be so tempting to set your […]


Job Support Scheme – What It Means for Your Business and How We Can Support You

October 2020

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Effective from 1st November 2020, the Job Support Scheme will ensure financial security through the coming winter months. The scheme will cover salary/wages for pay periods ending and paid in November. However, claims cannot be submitted until after 8th December. Subsequent months will follow a similar pattern, with the final claims for April being made […]


Summer Statement: Key Points

July 2020

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered a summer statement, outlining his plans to help the economy recover from the damage done by COVID-19. In this blog post, our Tax Specialist, Chris Lock summarises all the key points and explains how they might affect your business and personal finances.  Jobs and Wages  The chancellor has announced various schemes to incentivise employers to bring furloughed […]


30-Day Reporting of CGT on Disposals of UK Residential Properties

April 2020

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From 6th April 2020, any capital gains tax (CGT) due on the disposal of a UK residential property must be reported and paid within 30 days. Anyone selling UK residential property needs to be aware of these changes. Previously, the disposal of any kind of property (residential or not) was reported on the annual self-assessment […]


Budget 2020: Key Points

March 2020

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Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his first (and long-awaited) Budget in the House of Commons. In this blog, we’ll outline all the government’s key tax and spending plans for the year ahead.  Coronavirus As was to be expected, much of the Budget focussed on the recent coronavirus outbreak. The Chancellor announced how the government will […]


Our Comprehensive Guide to IR35

January 2020

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay announced on 17th March 2020 that the introduction of the new IR35 private sector reforms will be delayed by twelve months from 6th April 2020 to 6th April 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article below has been updated to reflect this. For more information […]


Why You Shouldn’t Get a New Company Car Until April 2020

November 2019

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If you’re thinking about changing your company car/cars in the near future, you may want to wait until 6th April 2020 when some new tax rules come into effect. These new tax rules will significantly favour low and zero-emission vehicles, so if you start driving a green car from April 2020, you’ll be benefiting from […]


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