HR Question of the Week

Question A number of clients are struggling with receiving holiday requests for the same period of time over summer. Do you have any advice I can pass on to them?   Answer During the summer months, it’s not unusual for a large number of staff to request time off work, especially due to the warmer… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week

Question My client is setting up a new café business and wants to buy some kitchen equipment from Italy.  As she hasn’t VAT registered yet she has been told by the supplier that she will be charged Italian VAT.  Is this correct, and if so can she claim it back?   Answer The supply of… Read more »

Tax Question of the Week

Question An employee has two separate employment contracts with the same employer.  During the day he is a school teacher, and in the evenings he is a lecturer at a college.  We currently calculate NIC on his total earnings.  However, if we were to split his earnings and calculate NICs separately on each job, there… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client has recently asked about the hot weather and what this means for their employees. Is there a right to be sent home from work when it gets too hot?   Answer Heat waves in Britain are rare so, when they occur, high temperatures in the workplace is a common complaint from staff… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week

Question My client whose main activity is farming, has been approached by a telecoms company who are based in the Republic of Ireland, who wish to site a phone mast on my clients land in the UK. The telecoms company say they are not expecting any VAT to be charged. Is this because they are… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week

Question My client is on the VAT flat-rate scheme and has received a substantial insurance payout for damage to the trading premises. Should this exempt income be included in the flat-rate scheme turnover?   Answer Compensation paid out as a result of an insurance claim is not exempt from VAT, but is outside the scope… Read more »

Tax Question of the Week

Question My client is a self-employed earner and is liable to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions.  He has incurred a trading loss in the 2016/17 tax year which I am proposing to carry back to 2015/16.  What effect will this have on the Class 2 NIC of 2015/16?   Answer Until 5 April 2015,… Read more »

Tax Question of the Week

Question My client has asked if his girlfriend and him are about to buy their first home together and are concerned that they may have to pay the higher rates for stamp duty. His girlfriend will sell her flat but he is keeping his buy to let which he will continue to let. Will they… Read more »

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) The same weekly SSP rate applies to all employees. However, the amount you must actually pay an employee for each day they’re off work due to illness (the daily rate) depends on the number of ‘qualifying days’ (QDs) they work each week. Use the SSP calculator to work out your employee’s… Read more »