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Alert over doubling in fees for small claims

Taking court action against those who owe but won’t pay now costs almost twice as much.

May 14, 2014 | Money News

Public oppose HMRC plan to sell taxpayer data

More than 80% object to having their financial details sold on by the taxman.

May 13, 2014 | Money News

HMRC takes an extra £1.8bn from VAT abusers

A more aggressive approach with smaller firms is paying dividends for the VAT man.

Apr 9, 2014 | Money News

Freelancers, sit tight on home-to-work travel expenses

Onus is on HMRC, or the courts, to clarify when and what freelancers can claim.

Mar 31, 2014 | Money News

Freelancers' Questions: Will Budget 2014 hit my personal finances?

'Mortgages, pensions and avoidance are where the chancellor shouldn't tinker.'

Mar 18, 2014 | Money News

Freelancers' Questions: What are Payments on Account?

Don't just accept that the payment on account is correct, as it's only an estimate.

Feb 18, 2014 | Money News

Female tax officer 'took under-the-table payments'

HMRC said to be investigating one of its own over an alleged £2.4m VAT scam.

Feb 17, 2014 | Money News

Freelancers' Questions: Who'd be liable for false self-employment?

Legal aid for a freelancer stuck on the draft proposals to tax false self-employment.

Jan 27, 2014 | Money News

New tool lets the unpaid tot up what they'll recover

Unpaid freelancers can now calculate whether exercising their legal rights will be worth it.

Jan 15, 2014 | Money News

Freelancers’ Questions: Will being VAT-registered benefit me?

'Other than having to charge clients more, registering for VAT looks like a safe bet.'

Jan 12, 2014 | Money News

Top 10 oddest excuses for sending in a late tax return

Revealed: the most bizarre, exotic and flimsy excuses used by tardy taxpayers.

Jan 10, 2014 | Money News

HMRC 'will seek to direct more firepower at VAT cheats'

Revenue unlikely to sit on its laurels with the VAT gap widening by £3bn a year.

Dec 10, 2013 | Money News

HMRC worker who fleeced tax credits jailed

Another female tax official sent down - for 18 months after swindling £93,000.

Nov 24, 2013 | Money News

Universal credit rules for self-employed under fire

Revise the pilot, ministers told, to stop self-employed claimants being worse off.

Nov 17, 2013 | Money News

Taxman to offer opt-out from self-assessment

Online tax accounts to replace full returns for 1.7m self-assessors.

Nov 6, 2013 | Money News

300,000 small traders offered instant loans

Hundreds of thousands of firms can next month receive a 'huge shot in the arm'.

Oct 22, 2013 | Money News

Freelancers cautioned over free will-writing offer

Solicitors' giveaway of £150 wills may not add up to freelancers with complex affairs.

Oct 16, 2013 | Money News

VAT man's online-only rule ruled as unlawful

Tax tribunal finds HMRC breached the human rights of three small business owners.

Oct 6, 2013 | Money News

Small companies offered simpler accounting rule

Government cuts red tape for 1.5 million micro-businesses.

Sep 11, 2013 | Money News

HMRC given firms' credit card data

Taxman to spot evaders using small traders' card payment details.

Sep 5, 2013 | Money News

Reclaiming VAT stumps small traders

Firms reminded that pens and pencils have the same VAT reclaim status as petrol.

Sep 1, 2013 | Money News

Ten tips to tackle late payers

'Don't be afraid' and other recommendations to help get your client to pay you on time.

Aug 22, 2013 | Money News

Small firms only see accountants as bean-counters

Accountants as 'business partners' isn't stacking up to smaller companies.

Aug 20, 2013 | Money News

Why fining late payers just won't work

Cable’s plan is well-intentioned but is destined not to stick, says debt recovery boss.

Aug 19, 2013 | Money News

How small suppliers can break the late payment cycle

Exploit 'The Recency Effect' to get paid within five days, not 21.

Aug 15, 2013 | Money News

School children ‘should be given tax lessons’

Government urged to cover the likes of PAYE and IR35 in the classroom.

Aug 12, 2013 | Money News

Online tool demystifies where taxpayers' money is spent

Web widget lays the government's books open for public scrutiny.

Aug 1, 2013 | Money News

GAAR’s arrival signals 'long period of tax uncertainty'

Tax arrangements that ‘cannot reasonably be regarded as reasonable’ officially outlawed.

Jul 17, 2013 | Money News

Taxman told to collect £1bn extra

Ensuring people and firms pay the 'right amount' of tax to return £24.5bn in 2015-16.

Jul 2, 2013 | Money News

Finding your voice when your client fails to pay

It's the client who's being rude by not paying, not you who's being rude by asking.

Jun 25, 2013 | Money News