It has been announced that Airbnb will share data with HMRC about the earnings of hosts using its UK platform for the tax years 2017/18 and 2018/19. Having this data to hand will enable HMRC to launch targeted enquiries into the tax affairs of those individuals who have not declared their lettings income for those years.

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The RPA have now opened the last round of Small Productivity Grants. The specified eligible equipment covers areas of improvements in:

• technical efficiency 

• animal health and welfare 

• resource efficiency or 

• nutrient management

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Although the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ends on 31 October 2020; all employers who have furloughed staff are eligible for the Job Retention Scheme Bonus (JRSB). 

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With the myriad daily requirements that a business owner has to deal with they often don’t consider the necessary steps to ensure their business is protected in the event that they should die or become incapacitated, either permanently or temporarily. Of course these are not easy things for any of us to think about, so it is quite natural not to focus on them. 

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Following the announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 24 September of additional measures to help businesses and taxpayers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, HMRC have launched an online payment plan service that individual tax payers can access to help spread their Self Assessment tax liabilities.

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We are delighted to welcome our new Partner, Peter Lomax, to our Weston-super-Mare office. Peter’s appointment will enhance our growing team of accountancy specialists across the South West.

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Most of us have life insurance to provide for our families, ensuring they can repay the mortgage, for example. But what about protecting your share of a limited company or business partnership?

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As the volume of activity increases online, so does the risk of online fraud. Any limited company is exposed to corporate identity fraud as the company details are held online with Companies House. Companies House deal with around 50 to 100 cases of corporate identity theft every month.

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There was considerable anticipation ahead of the Chancellor unveiling the Winter Economy Plan today (Thursday 24 September). It is likely that the South West business community will now be breathing a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of a package of support to protect against the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

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The challenges facing the UK manufacturing sector are many, varied and well documented; whether they arise from Brexit or the problems of Covid-19 and lockdown, the sector is currently experiencing uncertainties unseen for many years.

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