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Winter 2015 Tax Update

Welcome to our Winter 2015 Tax Update, which includes items on a number of topical issues. 

  • HMRC gone phishing?: Here we warn of the dangers of bogus HMRC emails, texts and websites. We also include links for reporting incidents and viewing examples. With the self assessment deadline approaching it is important to be vigilant as the deadline has previously prompted an increase in phishing activity.
  • Pensions top up window: This is available for a imited period and enables those eligible to top up their State Pension entitlement by up to £25 per week. The Class 3A lump sum payment required varies depending on your age and sex.
  • Enterprise Investment Scheme: The scheme is now over 20 years old. Our article considers the significant tax breaks available and points out the pitfalls of failing to claim the tax reliefs available on a timely basis.
  • Register of persons with significant control: We report on the introduction of a register of persons with significant control (PSC) which will need to be maintained by companies and filed at Companies House. The register will allow interested parties to check who ultimately controls the company.
  • Fit for Work: A new service, aimed particularly at smaller employers, who have employees on long term sick leave is being introduced. We outline Fit for Work which is an independent assessment of an employee which provides a plan to help the employee get back to work.
  • The Bribery Act: We consider whether your business may be at risk for ‘failure of commercial organisations to prevent bribery’ and the procedures that need to be put in place to reduce your business’ exposure and to prevent prosecution under the Bribery Act.
  • The Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) is to be introduced from 6 April 2016. We consider who the SRIT will apply to and the operation of PAYE for affected employers.

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