Auto-enrolment awareness levels on the slide

An increasing number of employers are unaware of their workplace pensions responsibilities, according to a poll by the Pensions Regulator. Employers that have already staged have five ongoing duties when it comes to complying with auto-enrolment. These include keeping...

Treasury postpones Budget 2019

Plans for Budget 2019 to take place on Wednesday 6 November have been postponed, the Treasury has confirmed. Chancellor Sajid Javid told BBC Breakfast this morning that he will no longer be delivering a post-Brexit statement in less than two weeks. The announcement...

HMRC allays contractors’ concerns

Contractors or freelancers who see their employment status change under off-payroll (IR35) rules next year will not face an automatic tax probe. From April 2020, IR35 rules that currently apply to public-sector contractors will be extended to the private sector....

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...