HMRC set to launch enhanced CEST tool

HMRC has confirmed an improved version of its check employment status for tax (CEST) tool should launch before the end of the year. The tool was first introduced in 2017 as part of an extension to the off-payroll (IR35) rules that applied to the public sector. It...

FSB calls for small business export support

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the Government to offer financial assistance to small businesses exporting after Brexit. The business group called on the Department for International Trade and the Treasury to introduce export vouchers of up to...

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...

HMRC reveals MTD for VAT milestones

Almost three quarters (74%) of VAT-registered businesses in the UK signed up for Making Tax Digital (MTD) before the second stagger deadline last month. Figures from HMRC showed that over 230,000 mandated businesses successfully signed up for MTD before the 7...

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...