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>> 30 November 29th Feb statutory year end filing deadline and November 2015 Year End CT600 tax return deadline. >> Reminder Companies should check with their banks for Christmas BACs payment dates due to the additional Bank Holidays in lieu of Christmas Day and New Years Day both being on a

Questions and answers

Q: How much can a firm spend per head on Christmas parties and is it tax deductible? A: Staff events and functions qualify as an exempt benefit for personal tax purposes providing that combined costs do not exceed £150 per head per annum. This figure is inclusive of VAT, as well

The need for speed

Gary Bultitude Karubu Even incredibly patient people can’t stand waiting in line, whether at the shop, airport, or on hold to the bank and let’s face it, the web is no different. Research shows that if a web page doesn’t load within 3 seconds, your web visitor will leave your site and look

Immigration Enforcement raids at workplaces

Kristie Willis BTMK Solicitors Limited The Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire has recently issued a warning that the government is planning a crackdown on businesses employing illegal workers. It has been announced that Immigration Enforcement teams will carry out more raids on businesses, working in partnership with organisations such as HM Revenue &

Dates for your diary

>> 5 July Deadline for PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) for 2015-/16. >> 5 July best Growth Hub: How to create more time allowing you to grow your business and improve your lifestyle. Free event. 9am-12pm Room 2, The Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DL. www.bestgrowthhub.org.uk >> 6 July Deadline for filing

Questions? Answers?

Q: I currently operate a Limited company and have heard that the audit thresholds are changing. Do I still require to be audited? A: Generally (but not always) a company is exempt from audit if it qualifies as a small company and is not part of a larger group or a

The rise of Gin

Matthew Locker Sandbank Restaurant Think gin and you immediately think England, or to be more specific, London, but without delving too much into its history, Gin was produced in the 17th Century in Holland as a medicine to treat gout and gallstones. The famous combination of gin and Indian tonic was created in

Social media policy

Making derogatory or inappropriate comments on social media can have important disciplinary consequences for employees. This is so even if the comments were made some years ago. This is well illustrated by a recent case in which an employee was fairly dismissed for offensive and disparaging comments on Facebook about (a)

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