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25/08/15 Payment of class 2 National Insurance.

The way class 2 National Insurance was paid changed as from 10 July 2015 when payments by direct debit stopped. When you file your self assessment tax return, your Class 2 National Insurance for 2015-16 onwards will be collected along with any income tax and class 4 National Insurance due. What to watch for Class […]

17/07/15 New wave of PAYE tax calculations issued

HMRC is now sending out tax calculations (P800 forms) for PAYE taxpayers for 2014-15. How this might affect you If you are an employee or pensioner and have not paid the right amount of tax under PAYE, HMRC may send you a bill, or a refund. Why might this happen? This may happen because: Your […]

16/07/15 So what has changed in the Budget?

Most of the changes announced in the recent summer Budget are coming in from April next year, but there are some which will have impact sooner. Changes to taxation of interest and dividends We already have a 0% band for savings income (excluding dividends), but this can be hard to access. If your taxable income […]

27/05/15 Normally file a return? Not received a tax return or reminder to file?

If you filed a tax return last year, you may be expecting a tax return or a notice to file letter from HMRC. But this year is different. What’s changed and what to look out for HMRC must let you know if you need to file a tax return. In the past, HMRC has usually […]

05/05/15 Out of time tax returns – could you have a second chance?

A recent Tribunal decision has cast doubt on HMRC’s refusal to process tax returns which are sent in more than four years after the end of the relevant tax year. The Taxpayer’s case The case concerned a taxpayer (Mr Higgs) who had made large payments on account for the tax year 2006/07. For various reasons […]

24/03/15 Class 2 National Insurance – watch what you pay.

Class 2 National Insurance is changing. Self-employed people pay class 2 National Insurance, usually by monthly direct debit. Where profits are low it has been possible to apply for an exception certificate, so you don’t need to pay. From 6 April 2015, all this changes. Key points are: You no longer need to apply for […]

26/01/15 PAYE tax codes – what to watch out for in 2015-16

What should you look for in your PAYE tax code, and is there anything new for 2015-16? During the tax year to 5 April 2014, the standard amount of tax free pay for employees under state pension age is £10,000. This gives a basic tax code of 1000L. From 6 April 2015, this rises to […]

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