Funding review of 2017

    It has been our most successful year to date, securing £17.2m of government grants for companies to perform R&D and purchase capital equipment to unlock growth.
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    The worker status “gig”

    Following the highly publicised “gig economy” tribunal cases we saw the Taylor Review hand down recommendations to reform and clarify the law on “worker status”. A draft Bill is now with the select committee which sets out legislative changes to the definition of “worker”, a new default worker status and a new class of “independent contractor”. Read our in depth analysis on this and the tax and employment law consequences.
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    MTD: New points based penalty model

    Earlier this year HMRC began a consultation exploring changes to the penalty system for late submission failures under Making Tax Digital (MTD). The decision has now been made to adopt a points based model, with draft legislation expected in the summer of 2018.
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    Rent a Room consultation

    Published on 1 December 2017, the consultation is set to explore the current application of Rent a Room relief and whether changes are needed, particularly to support longer term residential accommodation.
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    Taxation of employee expenses

    The Treasury has released a response to the consultation launched in March 2017 concerning the taxation of employee expenses. Whilst no wholesale changes are planned, further work is going to include a focus on travel and subsistence claims and a consultation on the scope of work related training costs.
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    Brexit headache for HMRC

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is becoming increasingly anxious about how HMRC is going to manage customs arrangements post Brexit and has expressed concern about the potential for lorry queues and food rotting at Dover.
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