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Auto enrolment in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire – the stats

A new government law means that every workplace with at least one employee must enrol its members of staff into a workplace pension scheme and begin making contributions towards it.

With the process having kicked off in October 2012, it is not a new topic, however it is still an issue that is being ignored by many businesses throughout the city. Ignorance is futile however, since failure to meet your organisation’s staging date does inevitably result in a penalty from The Pensions Regulator.

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Warning: Don’t believe the dangerous dividend advice

It has come to our attention that following the changes to taxation of dividends on 6th April, there has been some worrying information circling on social media that has been incorrectly advising about the backdating of dividends.

It stated that, if a dividend is paid within 9 months from April 5th 2016, it could be treated as a dividend for 2015/16.

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Important changes to Construction Industry Scheme legislation

Important changes are now in place if you are a subcontractor within the construction industry. As of Tuesday 19th April 2016, significant changes to the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) legislation were implemented by HMRC, which will impact the things you need to do in order to remain compliant. 

The CIS is a method of deducting tax from payments made to subcontractors or freelancers in the construction market within the UK in order to reduce tax avoidance, and the aim of this new legislation being introduced is to enable more companies to achieve gross payment status. 

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Is your company paying too much VAT? Find out how you could potentially save money

If your business is on the VAT flat rate scheme, an HMRC-run scheme designed to save small businesses time and sometimes money, then you could potentially be eligible for a rebate.

With the Flat Rate Scheme, businesses pay a fixed rate of VAT to HMRC, and keep the difference between what they charge customers and what they pay to HMRC. However within this scheme, the rate percentage you should be paying varies depending on what sector you’re in.

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