MTD pilot opens to the self-employed

MTD pilot opens to the self-employed

Self-employed businesses can voluntarily use software to manage their business records digitally and send income tax updates to HMRC, following the opening of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) pilot. The pilot became available to sole traders with income from one business...
Government launches VAT review

Government launches VAT review

The government has launched a “call for evidence” on the design of the VAT registration threshold, amid concerns that the current system dis-incentivises small business growth. In November 2017, the £85,000 threshold at which businesses are required to register for...
Mothers “lack financial protection”

Mothers “lack financial protection”

Many mothers in the UK are failing to protect themselves financially, according to research published ahead of Mother’s Day on 11 March 2018. Scottish Widows surveyed 5,077 adults, and revealed that 3 in 5 women with dependent children have no life cover, and only 13%...
Savings rates cut on growth and income bonds

Savings rates cut on growth and income bonds

National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has reduced the interest rate it pays on Guaranteed Growth and Income Bonds for new customers. Interest on the 3-year Growth Bond has been reduced from 2.2% to 1.95%, while interest was also lowered from 2.15% to 1.9% for...
Chancellor calls for IHT review

Chancellor calls for IHT review

Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a review of inheritance tax (IHT), to make it “fit for purpose”. In a letter to the Office for Tax Simplification on 19 January 2018, he asked for proposals to be put forward to improve the “particularly complex” system. The...
Buy-to-let mortgage costs starting to rise

Buy-to-let mortgage costs starting to rise

The cost of most mainstream buy-to-let mortgages has increased following November 2017’s interest rate rise, according to figures from Mortgage Brain. A 2-year buy-to-let tracker mortgage with a 60% and 70% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is now 3% higher in cost than it...