• Interest Rates raised to 0.25%

    Yesterday, 16th December 2021, the Bank of England raised inflation prices by 0.25%, ending a 20-month running streak of a historically low 0.1% rate. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which sets interest rates, voted 8-1 to increase the rate by 15 basis points to 0.25%. Rising inflation generally refers to the notion […]

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  • What should you be aware of following the Autumn Budget?

    DownloadDownload our illustration of the impact of the new tax rates for profit extraction Following the Budget announcements from last month, there have been several changes to come into effect for national insurance and dividend tax rates which could affect many tax positions from the tax year 2022/23. Dividends for 2022/23 Dividend tax increases were [...]

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  • Autumn Budget Announcement 2021

    OpenRead Animo's Autumn 2021 Budget Summary On Wednesday 27th October 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his third Budget announcement, detailing plans to “build back better” with ambitions to level up and reduce regional inequality. A lot of the budget was focused again on rebuilding after the Pandemic, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak stating that we cannot [...]

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  • 2022 Irish Budget Statement

    On the 12th of October 2021, Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Mr Paschal Donohoe, delivered the budget statement for 2022, with a total budgetary package of €4.7 billion – including measures to promote entrepreneurship as well as supporting growth and job creation, was announced during the statement. The Minister noted that this year’s budget will look […]

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  • Furlough comes to an end

    During his Spring Budget meeting Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), or more commonly known as Furlough, would run until today, the 30th of September 2021. The current version of the scheme is the third iteration of the scheme which was initially launched in March 2020 after […]

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  • HMRC postpones Making-Tax-Digital for Income Tax until 2024

    On the 23rd of September 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced that the Making-Tax-Digital (MTD) scheme for income tax self-assessments (ITSA) will be introduced a year later than originally planned, with the roll out now scheduled for the tax year beginning in April 2024. The postponement is planned to provide additional time for preparation […]

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  • HMRC begins compliance checks in line with new IR35 rules

    Nearly six months from the introduction of a new IR35 regime in the private sector, HMRC has started IR35 compliance checks in both the financial services and the oil and gas sectors. With effect from April 2021, the new IR35 rules apply to large and medium-sized businesses in the private sector that engage contractors. These […]

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  • Should my company expand internationally?

    Taking the leap and expanding internationally can be a daunting thought for many businesses, but it can also be the decision that makes or breaks your success. Expanding your international presence can bring a plethora of new and exciting opportunities to your business, but it is vital that you ensure your business is ready to […]

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  • G7 makes landmark agreement to confront tax avoidance

    Ahead of their annual summit, leaders of the world’s most wealthy and influential countries met to discuss new plans to tackle tax avoidance amongst large multinational conglomerates. During their meet World Leaders made history by signing a landmark deal designed to tackle tax and establish a minimum global corporation tax. The main goal of the [...]

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  • The EU progresses with DAC 7 proposals to share digital platform tax information

    The EU Council recently announced the adoption of new tax transparency rules for digital platforms under a directive called “DAC 7” (Directive 2021/514). Adopted on 22 March 2021 by the EU Council, the directive introduces specific reporting obligations for digital platforms. The overall aim of this Directive is to improve administrative cooperation in the field [...]

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  • Should my small business apply for the restart grant?

    In his 2021 Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, vowed to do "whatever it takes" to help rebuild the economy, following the acute damage caused by COVID-19 and forge a path to economic recovery "providing support for jobs and businesses as we emerge from the pandemic". His three-part plan for economic recovery included a [...]

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  • Why does your small business need a website?

    A website is one of the best assets you can acquire – whether you are an online business or not. With the continued rise of the internet, its influence on how we live and work, and its determination to keep rising, it is more important than ever to ensure you have a professional web presence [...]

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  • What is next for the UK’s trust register?

    It was recently announced that a broader range of trusts would need to be added to the trust register, with a deadline of Autumn 2022. Under new rules, which took effect in October 2020, registration is no longer limited to trusts with a UK tax liability. Instead, to ensure transparency, all existing UK trusts and [...]

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  • What does the Supreme Court ruling mean for Uber’s drivers?

    Earlier this year, on the 19th of February 2021, the UK Supreme Court finally reached a verdict on their six-year-long court case challenging Uber’s drivers' classification. The court announced their decision regarding United Kingdom Uber Drivers' employment status, stating they must now be classed as workers, a change from their previous status as self-employed contractors. [...]

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  • Has Coronavirus spurred a rise in entrepreneurship?

    The discovery of the novel coronavirus in late 2019 shifted our realities drastically, and no one could have predicted just how much of an effect it could have on our everyday lives, let alone be able to prepare for the subsequent results adequately. Societies and economies worldwide experienced an unprecedented shock to their systems, and [...]

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  • SME’s to modernise, go digital and create more jobs with £8m in new Government Funding

    The government announced £8m in funding to help SME’s modernise, go digital, and ultimately create new jobs on the 18th February 2021. This new funding is to be used directly to adopt cutting-edge digital technologies to improve manufacturing processes. The new funding is hoped to build back better by increasing businesses' productivity and reducing emissions. [...]

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