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Pensions Lifetime Allowance – Fixed Protection Pitfalls

This article is for anyone meeting all of the following criteria:

•  Pension pot value exceeding £1m
•  Secured lifetime allowance Fixed Protection (either 2012, 2014 or 2016)
•  Employed status

If you have secured fixed protection on your pension lifetime allowance limit, beware of any employment income that you currently have.

One of the key rules of Fixed Protection is that you can no longer contribute to a pension scheme.

Automatic enrolment started back in October 2012 and since then all employers have received their staging date and should have enrolled their staff into a qualifying pension scheme.


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Our Autumn Statement 2018 Summary

The Chancellor’s 2018 Autumn Budget contained some important announcements and confirmed a number of changes planned for the new tax year.

Following this, we have put together a PDF which contains the latest tax and financial information, which we trust you will find useful.

Click here to download our Autumn Statement Summary 2018

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Research & development tax relief claims increase by 23%

According to HMRC, claims for research and development (R&D) tax relief have increased in recent years with 43,040 claims having been made in 2015-16, a 23% increase from 2014-15.

R&D tax reliefs can be claimed by companies working on innovative projects that seek to contribute to an advancement in science and technology.

R&D tax relief reached £3.7bn in 2015-16 and, according to partial data, £3.5bn has been claimed for 2016-17 so far. This number is expected to increase as more returns are processed and will be revised and complete in autumn 2019.  (more…)

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Charity Quiz Night

Burgess Hodgson were delighted to hold their annual Quiz Night on Friday 5th Oct 2018.

We had a brilliant turn out, including representatives from many local businesses and have raised an incredible £4300 for our nominated charities – The Umbrella Centre, The Samaritans and Catching Lives.

Thank to everyone who supported this event!

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Managing sick pay couldn’t be easier

HMRC have designed a new online guide for employers that’s interactive, easy to use and available when you are.
Suitable for new employers and those wanting to refresh their knowledge, the guide covers:

• periods of incapacity for work (PIW)
• waiting days
• qualifying conditions
• linking periods
• how much to pay and for how long
• managing attendance
• occupational sick pay.


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Making Tax Digital

We have created our own guide to help you understand how Making Tax Digital might affect you.

Click here to download your guide


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Is your business eligible for Research and Development (R&D)?

There are tens of thousands of pounds being lost in tax relief by eligible companies every year. This reflects the common misconception that Research and Development (R&D) is confined to manufacturing, tech giants or research laboratories. In reality, businesses are often undertaking #R&D in their day-to-day activity, driving innovation and moving the industry forward without realising. Get in touch to find out more.

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HMRC release statistics on Corporation Tax for 2018

HMRC have released detailed statistics on the Corporation Tax system for 2018. The statistics show Corporation Tax receipts of £56 billion – an increase of 11% on 2016/17. There were almost 1.5 million companies recording Corporation Tax liabilities . Around 8,000 companies had Corporation Tax liabilities of in excess of £500,000 – and contributed around 58% of the Corporation Tax collected.


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