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Employers should be aware of the pitfalls of NLW and NMW

Employers should be aware of the pitfalls of NLW and NMW

The National Living Wage (NLW) for those aged 25 and over was increased on 6 April 2017 from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour. It should be noted that the increases in the NLW rates are in April whilst those for NMW are in October and employers have to address these increases on a six monthly … Continued

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Chancellor’s u-turn on National Insurance rise welcomed

Chancellor’s u-turn on National Insurance rise welcomed

In his Budget last week Mr Hammond proposed to increase Class 4 NICs for the self-employed from 9% to 10% in April 2018, and to 11% in 2019, to bring it closer to the 12% currently paid by employees. Thousands of self-employed people across the Liverpool city region are breathing a sigh of relief after … Continued

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Do You Have Enough Shares to Qualify for CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief?

Do You Have Enough Shares to Qualify for CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief?

Do You Have Enough Shares To Qualify For CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief? Entrepreneurs’ Relief reduces the rate of CGT to 10% on the first £10 million of gains on the disposal of qualifying business assets. This would include sole traders disposing of their business and partners disposing of their interest in a partnership carrying on a … Continued

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New Government Savings Scheme Starts in April 2017

New Government Savings Scheme Starts in April 2017

New Government Savings Scheme Starts in April 2017 From April 2017,adults under the age of 40 will be able to open a Lifetime ISA (LISA) and pay in up to £4,000 each tax year. They will be able to continue making contributions up to the age of 50. The government will add a 25% bonus … Continued

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Coffee Morning in Aid of Vision4Children

Coffee Morning in Aid of Vision4Children

On Tuesday 30 April we held a coffee morning here at our office in Liverpool City Centre in aid of local charity Vision4Children. Based at Alder Hey Hospital, Vision4Children is an international charity focussed solely on reducing unnecessary childhood blindness in the UK and worldwide, through helping parents in the UK, creating sustainable eye care … Continued

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BWMacfarlane launch new website

BWMacfarlane launch new website

We have launched our new website to make it more client-focused and interactive. Working with design and web experts at Liverpool  marketing agency Kenyon Fraser,  we are pleased  to have developed a site that captures many of the latest technologies that are changing the face of accountancy today, including a secure document exchange portal  and … Continued

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Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced. The decision follows last year’s review by entrepreneur Doug Richard, which found apprenticeships should be more focused on the needs of employers in order to encourage take-up, address skill shortages and boost growth. Government … Continued

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Millions leaving work to care for family members

Millions of UK adults are leaving employment or reducing working hours to care for an elderly, disabled or seriously ill family member, according to research from Carers UK and business forum Employers for Carers. The research found: 2.3 million adults have given up work to become carers three million have reduced their working hours 22 … Continued

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Inquiry into high number and cost of whiplash claims

The House of Commons Transport Committee will look at how the number and cost of whiplash claims in the UK can be reduced. The inquiry follows a December 2012 whitepaper from the Ministry of Justice, which described Britain as the “whiplash capital of the world”. The whitepaper reported that, between 2006 and 2012, there was … Continued

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BWMacfarlane training with St Mary’s College, Oscott

BWMacfarlane training with St Mary’s College, Oscott

BWMacfarlane Personal Tax Consultant Sue Stephens and Parish Accounts specialist Ann Billingsley yesterday travelled to St Mary’s College Oscott, near Birmingham, to talk to the 12 final year seminarians there about personal taxation and parish accounts. With their combined years of experience working with the religious, Sue & Ann shared all aspects of Parish Accounting and … Continued