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The UK’s top taxpayers are named Stephen Rubin, a majority stakeholder in JD Sports, has been named the UK’s top taxpayer by The Sunday Times. Denise Coates, the Bet365 boss, and Sir James Dyson make up the top three. The newspaper estimated the tax due on business profits, share sales, dividends,

Celebrity endorsements on social media

Social media posts and in particular those on Instagram from celebrities/influencers will soon look a bit different The Competition & Markets Authority (a Government agency) is stepping up its efforts in a bid to cut down on a perceived widespread lack of transparency on popular accounts. This week, the CMA revealed that it

Final Salary Pensions

There has been much written in the media lately about Final Salary or Defined Benefit Pensions. Whilst they have been a bedrock of pension planning for many larger employers over the years, the majority of them are now struggling to meet their long term liabilities, and as the sponsoring employer

Proposed new stamp duty surcharge

The Government is consulting on a new stamp duty surcharge for homebuyers who are not resident in the UK. Ministers have said they recognise the domino effect caused by non-UK residents purchasing homes and driving house prices up for buyers in England and Northern Ireland. According to figures from the Land Registry,

Auto-enrolment milestone

More than 10 million people have been brought into workplace pension saving through auto-enrolment, figures published by The Pensions Regulator show. As of 31 January 2019, 10.003m people were automatically enrolled into a pension scheme, leading Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to call auto-enrolment “an extraordinary success

Grant funding

Whether you are running a cafe, operating a business from home, or perhaps looking to scale up, you will need funds to establish and grow your company. Depending on the type of business, this requirement may vary from a few hundred pounds to multiple thousands. It is helpful to know

It’s that time of year again

It’s that time of year again... The end of the tax year. So don’t forget to have a look at your unused investment and savings tax allowances as in most cases if you miss them they are gone for good. I know I have rambled on about pensions in many

Imminent changes to repossession laws

From Oct 1st 2018 if you wish to repossess a property, all tenancies new and old should be treated in the same way… The introduction of the Deregulation Act on 1st October 2015 ‘The Act’ brought with it some substantial changes that landlords and property managing agents should already be aware of

Bailiffs and the law

Common questions we get asked about bailiffs their powers What are bailiffs not allowed to take? Exempt goods and anything not belonging to the debtor. Items necessary in your employment, education or business to a maximum allowance of £1350 combined value. Items necessary to the basic needs of the debtor and his