High Court rejects women’s state pension age claims

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to recent increases in the state pension age for women, ruling that the changes were not discriminatory. Between 1995 and 2018, the state pension age for women was increased from 60 to 65, in line with the age for men. It is...

Stamp duty receipts down 7% in 2018/19

The Treasury's take from stamp duty land tax fell by the largest amount since the start of 2008/09, Government figures show. HMRC collected £11.94 million in stamp duty receipts on completed property or land purchases in 2018/19 - a 7% decline on the previous tax...

Chancellor hints at death duties reform

Chancellor Sajid Javid has admitted that reforming inheritance tax rules is on his mind - and confirmed that a Budget should take place before the end of the year. Speaking at an event staged by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Taxpayers' Alliance, Javid was...

Employers need help to absorb living wage hike

Business groups want more support to help employers meet the Chancellor's pledge to raise the national living wage (NLW) to £10.50 an hour by 2024. Chancellor Sajid Javid announced the planned hike alongside lowering the age threshold for those who qualify for the NLW...

Call for clarity on off-payroll extension

Contractors, and businesses or agencies that engage them, need greater clarity before IR35 rules extend to the private sector next spring. From April 2020, the off-payroll rules which already apply to contractors engaged in the public sector will be extended to the...