Health and safety on the road

Hands up all those employers who take a fairly relaxed approach to health and safety, because they think their work place is really quite a safe place, maybe an office? Well consider this…… Image by Ian Hampton via Flickr It is estimated that one third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is ‘at…

Minimum wage increased from 1 October 2009

New minimum wage rates will apply from 1 October 2009. These show a small increase from the 2008 rates, the increases having been proposed while the rate of inflation was considerably higher than now. The new rates and rates of increase are : Full rate (age 22 and over) – new rate £5.80 per hour; old…

VAT number verification

Image via Wikipedia The European Commission have enhanced their on-line service which allows taxpayers to check if the VAT number given to them by a potential supplier or customer is valid. The on-line service has been updated to allow taxpayers to obtain a certificate to prove that they checked that a VAT registration number was…

Chilcare and Child Tax Credits

In order to qualify for Child Tax Credits (CTC’s) the person responsible for taking care of your children (child) had to be registered with the Childcare Approval Scheme. From 18 July 2009 the Childcare Approval Scheme ceased to exist and all childcare providers approved under this scheme (for example a nanny or foster carer working…

Make the most of capital allowances

The rules on capital allowances have been changed and are now generous towards most small businesses. If you are thinking of investing in assets that qualify for the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) during 2009-10 it is worth bearing in mind the additional relief you can claim to take advantage of the 40% First Year Allowance…

Employment Law – new vetting scheme

Changes to employment law are underway. From the 12 October 2009 new measures are being introduced to vet the suitability of persons working with children or vulnerable adults. It is to be called the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) and will be administered by a new public body to be called the Independent Safeguarding Authority…

Construction subcontractors in the firing line

HMRC have indicated that they are considering reclassifying self-employed construction workers as employed. They have actually launched a consultation process with interested parties. Reclassified workers would be taxed through the PAYE system regardl ess of the length or brevity of each employment assignment. HMRC are convinced that a significant number of construction workers are taxed…

New rules at Companies House

If you are a company director, from the 1 October 2009 you can protect your home address from disclosure. Image via Wikipedia If you would like take advantage of this new concession you need to register a service address, which could be your registered office address, with Companies House. This can be done online www.companieshouse.gov.uk…