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News from Just Simply Organised: Anne-Marie

July 3, 2012 by Lyn Lulham

It was with great sadness that we bade a fond farewell to Anne-Marie last week as she set off on a new adventure. She has moved to Northamptonshire with her partner as his firm has relocated to the area. They have just bought their first property and moved in at the weekend.

 Anne-Marie had been with us for nearly two and a half years  and it has been a great pleasure to work with her. I am sure all who know her will join us in wishing her the very best of luck in her new life.

 At the same time we are very excited to welcome Suzanne to JSO and she will be starting on Monday and taking over the payroll from Anne-Marie plus some of her bookkeeping clients. Claire, who has been with us for a number of years, will take over the other clients and we will, of course, inform everyone who will be dealing with their records.

Electrician’s Tax Safe Plan

February 23, 2012 by Lyn Lulham

As with an earlier blog advising on the Plumbers Safe Tax Plan, HMRC are now focusing on electricians, investigating tax underpayments and allowing electricians time to come forward to HMRC with any tax irregularities. According to HMRC an electrician is anyone who:

  • Installs
  • Maintains 
  • Tests     electrical systems, equipment, appliances.

Individuals affected must notify HMRC by 15th May 2012 of their intentions to take part either online, by phone or by post.

Disclosure must then be made and any unpaid tax paid by 14th August 2012.

A ‘penalty calculator’ has been provided by HMRC to allow tax payers to calculate the level of penalty due.

Business Record Checks….Update

February 23, 2012 by Lyn Lulham

HMRC have now announced that business record checks are to be suspended until the new tax year 2012/13. From this point forward they will be implementing a new approach to the checks.

This comes after the pilot program of some 2,437 visits up to 4th January 2012 found inadequacies in around 28% of business checks. Additionally a further 11% had issues serious enough for a follow-up visit.

HMRC will continue to visit businesses already booked and also any follow-up visits. New business record checks however, will be undertaken in the new financial year.

Further information will be reported once HMRC confirm the start date of the newly revised business record checks. HMRC have announced that when the program re-launches it will initially be looking at businesses that are considered to be of higher risk of keeping inadequate records.

Faster Payments Service

January 23, 2012 by Lyn Lulham

HMRC are now accepting faster payments since 16th December 2011 using the Faster Payments Service. You should check with your bank beforehand to ensure this service is available to you and whether there are any daily limits on the amount that can be paid.

Self-Assessment Return Reminder

November 17, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

Please be reminded that the 31st October 2011 deadline for paper returns has now passed. If a paper return is sent in on or after 1st November 2011 a penalty of £100 will be issued automatically regardless of whether there is tax to pay or your tax is paid on time.

Register with HMRC’s online service by 21 January 2012 and your self-assessment can be done online. For more information please refer to HMRC’s website using the link below:

HMRC – Self- Assessment Reminder Information

If you have any questions, we at Just Simply Organised are ready and happy to help.

Email Tax Scams – Be aware!

November 17, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

Over the coming months HMRC will be contacting taxpayers regarding PAYE tax bills. HMRC want taxpayers to be aware that emails may be sent out from scammers claiming to be from HMRC advising them that they are due a tax rebate. Typically they may then ask the taxpayer to provide personal details.

HMRC have stated that if a taxpayer is due a rebate they will only ever be contacted by post. HMRC will never contact customers by telephone, emails or the use of outside companies. If you have any questions, we at Just Simply Organised are ready and happy to help.

For more information please refer to HMRC’s website using the link below:

HMRC – Email tax scam information

Minimum Wage Changes

September 23, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

As of 1st October 2011 updates and changes will take affect concerning minimum wages. It is important to be aware of both the current rates as well as the new rates if working out rises in salaries.

The information below is as it is stated on the HMRC website and details all new updates and changes and also provides the rates as they currently stand.

Important updates and changes

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2011:

  • the adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 an hour
  • the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6p to £4.98 an hour
  • the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.68 an hour
  • the rate for apprentices will increase by 10p to £2.60 an hour

Current national minimum wage rates

There are currently three different national minimum wage rates and an apprentice rate, which are usually updated in October each year. The rates that apply from 1 October 2010 are as follows:

  • for workers aged 21 years or more: £5.93 per hour
  • for workers aged 18 to 20 inclusive: £4.92 per hour
  • for workers aged under 18 (but above compulsory school age): £3.64 per hour
  • for apprentices aged under 19: £2.50 per hour
  • for apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship: £2.50 per hour

Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed at least one year of their apprenticeship are entitled to receive the full national minimum wage rate applicable to their age.

Bookkeeping:up-to-date with your 31st March Year-ends?

July 6, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

It is that time of the year again for those whose Year-end accounts are 31st March 2011. All accounts need to be completed before being passed over to your accountants. Please ensure that all work up to 31st March 2011 is passed to us at Just Simply Organised along with any queries you may have. This will ensure that Year-ends are submitted accurately and without delay. If there any concerns or queries please contact the office and we will be happy to help!

HMRC Tax rebate ‘phishing’ emails!

July 6, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

As you may well be aware ‘phishing’ by fraudsters has once again been circulating due to tax rebates being issued. There has been a surge in fake ‘phishing’ emails being sent since April with more than 46,000 false emails being reported. These emails typically include a link to a cloned replica of the HMRC website whereby it asks for debit or credit cards details. By providing card details it then allows criminal to access your accounts and wipe them clean. Please be aware that HMRC do not send emails or phone. They will only contact you in writing by post. If you do receive any of these emails the HMRC website provides details of what to do.

Please follow the link below for more details from HMRC:

HMRC ‘phishing’ emails information

HMRC payments – Please be aware

May 16, 2011 by Lyn Lulham

Please note that HMRC do NOT accept faster payments so when you make your payments for VAT & PAYE please make sure you allow enough time for the money to reach them ie: 3 working days.

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