End of surcharges is on the cards

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From January 2018, businesses will no longer be able to add any surcharges where a customer pays by credit or debit card, following an EU directive banning surcharges on Visa and Mastercard payments. However the government has gone […]

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Countdown to new data protection rules

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Following the government’s intention to introduce a new Data Protection Bill, businesses face new regulatory burdens in order to provide greater safeguards for individuals. And despite Brexit, the bill will incorporate into UK law the […]

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Voluntary overtime counts towards holiday pay

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Employers face a flood of back pay claims following a tribunal decision that payments for voluntary overtime can form part of “normal remuneration” for the purposes of calculating holiday pay. The decision in Dudley Metropolitan […]

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Plymouth accountants shortlisted for city award

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Plymouth-based Top 40 accountants, Bishop Fleming, have been shortlisted in the Best Professional Services Business category of the prestigious City & Waterfront Awards. This is the second year running that the firm, with its offices […]

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Dividend Tax change in 2018

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Whilst it was hoped that the proposed reduction in the dividend tax allowance from £5,000 to £2,000 in April 2018 would not go ahead, due to it being dropped from the 2017 Finance Bill, this […]

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Brexit – Great Repeal Bill published

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The Great Repeal Bill to bring into UK law all existing EU law after Brexit has been published by the government. The 66-page Bill, entitled the European Union (withdrawal) Bill, is designed to remove from UK law the 1972 European […]

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Employers beware! Employment Law changes ahead

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Business owners and employees have a lot to contend with when trying to understand changes in employment law, pensions and payroll. And that is no different for the marine sector. There appears to be no […]

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Criminal Finances Act 2017: what you need to know

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From 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will make companies and partnerships criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by either a member of their staff or an external agent, even […]

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Company ownership becomes clearer

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With effect from 26 June 2017 revised anti-money laundering measures increase the transparency of who owns and controls a company in the UK. The revised rules directly affect the Companies House register directions on people with significant […]

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Spring Budget update – A turn for the worse

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Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget, with its U-Turn on National Insurance Contributions (NICs), alienates the very businesses the government should be encouraging, claims Top 40 accountants, Bishop Fleming. Matthew Lee, Managing Partner at Bishop Fleming, described […]

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