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November 2017

Building a Great Britain fit for the future

The headline for the Autumn 2017 budget was building a Great Britain fit for the future, creating jobs, preparing for a digital age and supporting families. With the surprise of the day being the abolition of stamp duty (up to £300,000) for first time buyers.   

'House prices are increasingly out of reach for many'

Today marked the first Autumn Budget in 20 years and some may say that it was the ‘most important’ of Philip Hammond’s tenure as the Chancellor. It followed in similar suit of the last Budget, with a substantial focus on the UK property market and the governments bid to tackle the need for affordable housing.  

Wilber's cash for clothes

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust has a mission statement that is simple and effective – “they save lives.” The charity does this by raising sufficient funds to finance an air ambulance service in Wiltshire and adjacent counties. 

Tax Diary December 2017

December is a very busy time in the tax calendar, with critical filing dates. Please check below for dates that may be relevant to your business throughout the year.  

Looking ahead to your future?

Are you looking ahead to your future? Perhaps, you have parents or relatives who may require care assistance?

The budget crystal ball

There is continuing speculation in the financial press about the likely changes that Philip Hammond will introduce in his budget announcements on 22nd November 2017.

Paying self-assessment tax by instalments

If you file your 2016-17 self-assessment tax return on or before 30 December 2017, you can elect to spread the repayment of any underpayment of tax for 2016-17 to the tax year 2018-19. This is done by amending your tax code for 2018-19 such that any arrears are repaid by increasing your tax payments each pay period.

What will be in the Budget on 22 November?

Philip Hammond will present his second Budget on 22 November. What principles will guide his decisions, and what tax measures will be the result?  

Interest rate rise set to cost households £1.8bn in first year alone

Last weeks' Bank of England’s interest rate rise will cost households an extra £1.8bn* in interest payments in the first year alone.