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...

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...

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...

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...

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...