HMRC announces delay to probate fee increase

Changes to probate fees - due to take effect next month - have been delayed as parliament wrangles resolve the Brexit stalemate. Families currently pay a flat fee of up to £215 to obtain the grant of probate needed in England and Wales to administer estates worth more...

Chancellor announces minimum wage review

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans to review the minimum wage, before new targets are unveiled for the years beyond 2020. In his Spring Statement speech on 13 March 2019, he said the Government had appointed Professor Arin Dube to undertake a review on...

No extension to MTD in 2020

The Government has confirmed it will not be mandating Making Tax Digital (MTD) for any new taxes or businesses in 2020. Previously, HMRC said it would not extend the scheme to other taxes, such as income tax and corporation tax, until April 2020 at the earliest. This...

Spring statement 2019: reactions

New measures to tackle late payments Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "The commitment from the Chancellor that the Business Secretary will [tackle late payments] is welcome, and we are especially pleased that the first...

Spring Statement 2019: key announcements

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered few significant announcements in his Spring Statement on 13 March 2019, instead reiterating or updating those made in Budget 2018. Aside from a response to the updated economic and fiscal forecasts from the Office for Budget...