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Taxable and non-taxable State Benefits

Taxable and non-taxable State Benefits

Whilst there are a large number of state benefits available, it is not clear which of these benefits are taxable and which are tax-free.

HMRC’s guidance provides the following list of the most common state benefits that

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Gains on sale of shares

Gains on sale of shares

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is normally charged at a simple flat rate of 20% (but see comments below) when you sell shares unless they are in a CGT free investment such as an ISA or qualifying pension. Your gain is usually

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Child benefit for 16 to 19 year olds

Child benefit for 16 to 19 year olds

The child benefit rates for the only or eldest child in a family is currently £25.60 and the weekly rate for all other children is £16.95.

Taxpayers entitled to the child benefit should be aware that HMRC usually stop

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The NIC Employment Allowance

The NIC Employment Allowance

The Employment Allowance benefits eligible employers by reducing their National Insurance liability. The current allowance is £5,000. An employer can claim less than the maximum if this covers their total Class 1 NIC

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The new Chancellor’s first speech

The new Chancellor’s first speech

The Chancellor has promised to take immediate action to fix the foundations of the economy, rebuild Britain and make every part of the country​ better off.

In her first speech as Chancellor, Rachel Reeves pledged to

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Responding to a personal data breach

Responding to a personal data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office has a simple guide that explains what you need to do in the 72 hours following a data breach.

The seven step approach advocated is set out below:

Step one: Don’t panic

It’s

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Business VAT responsibilities

Business VAT responsibilities

The taxable turnover threshold that determines whether businesses should be registered for VAT is currently £85,000. Businesses with turnover below this level can also apply for a voluntary VAT registration.

Businesses

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Company filing obligations

Company filing obligations

It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of their obligations.

After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare

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Labour win landslide election result

Labour win landslide election result

As had been widely predicted, the results at the polls have seen the Labour Party back in power after 14 years in opposition. Labour have swept into power with their second-largest majority whilst the Conservative Party

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Inheritance and tax

Inheritance and tax

As a general rule, an individual who inherits property, money or shares is not liable to pay tax on the inheritance. This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased’s estate before any

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