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R&D investment grows to £23.7bn in 2016/17

Businesses in the UK spent £23.7 billion on research and development (R&D) in 2017, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics

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OTS calls for inheritance tax system to be digitised

  The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has urged the Government to implement a digital system for inheritance tax, following complaints the current form-filling system

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Critics urge delay in rollout of MTD

Leading tax bodies have joined the House of Lords in calls to delay the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for all taxes, less than

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Outsourcing payroll

Does it make sense for your business? Around 1.4 million businesses in the UK employed members of staff in 2018, and all of them shared

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Businesses getting to grips with apprenticeship levy

  Businesses are finally beginning to understand the apprenticeship levy, after previously voicing serious concerns over its complexity and lack of flexibility. The apprenticeship levy

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National insurance planning

Obligations and opportunities. National insurance contributions (NICs) are set aside to pay the state pension and other benefits, but due to the UK’s ageing population

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Higher-rate earners hit by national insurance rise

Individuals set to benefit from an increase to the higher-rate threshold in 2019 will only see half of the tax reduction expected, as a result

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Small retailers get business rates boost

Small retail businesses in England will see a reduction to their business rates, as announced in Budget 2018. Business rates will be reduced by a

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IR35 reforms to be extended to the private sector

Contractors could face a higher tax bill from April 2020 when reforms to IR35 legislation are set to take effect in the private sector. This

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Annual investment allowance to rise to £1m

The annual investment allowance is set to temporarily increase from £200,000 to £1 million, allowing businesses to gain more tax relief on their investments. This

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