CBI: Apprenticeship levy must evolve

A generation of young workers risk being left untrained unless the apprenticeship levy is reformed by the end of the year. The Confederation for British Industry (CBI) claimed the risk comes from an increasing use of automation and AI in the workplace. Businesses...

Advisory fuel rates update

New advisory fuel rates are in play for employees' usage of company cars, following the latest quarterly update. As of 1 September 2019, the following advisory fuel rates are in place for petrol and LPG-fuelled company cars. Engine size Petrol (per mil)e LPG (per...

Delays to R&D tax credit claims

Businesses have been experiencing "significant delays" to their research and development (R&D) tax credit claims in recent months. R&D relief is available to companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology, with the aim of making an...

HMRC publishes new IR35 guidance

New guidance has been published on the HMRC website, covering changes to the off-payroll working rules known as IR35 which will come into effect next year. From 6 April 2020, medium and large-sized businesses will be responsible for deciding the employment status of...

HMRC steps up Brexit preparations

HMRC has started automatically issuing businesses with identification numbers for its customs system, to allow them to trade with the EU after Brexit. Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers enable businesses to be identified by customs...