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...

Proposed probate fee system scrapped

The Government has announced it's scrapping a controversial new system for charging probate fees, following parliamentary delays and campaigns against the plans. The planned change would have seen estates in England and Wales paying as much as £6,000 to receive a...

Budget 2019: top five predictions

Chancellor Sajid Javid wants to crack on with governing the country, and has pencilled in a date for Budget 2019 in the next fortnight. It's safe to say pencilled in at the time of writing, amid the chaos in parliament and just days before the UK is set to leave the...

Technology ‘to transform house purchases’

Prospective house buyers could soon be able to use new digital technology that weighs up key metrics before purchasing a property. Housing minister Esther McVey wants to usher in a digital transformation of the property sector, which would also link builders to...