Tax Office Archive

How to Avoid Rises in Council Tax

Announced earlier this year, Council Tax is on the rise. The rise is estimated to be 5% across the country, with the majority of councils in England and Wales implementing the change as soon as it’s available.  Council Tax must be paid by anyone over the age

Inheritance Tax Guide

Struggling to understand Inheritance Tax? Below we’ve compiled a guide to Inheritance Tax. What is it, how it’s claimed, and all about Business Relief for Small Businesses. What is Inheritance Tax? Inheritance Tax is always paid to the UK government on the estate (possessions, money, property) of

How to spot a HMRC scam email

Have you spotted an email from HMRC in your inbox recently? Does it look as though something is wrong? Unsure on how to spot a HRC scam email? You’re not alone. The amount of scam emails sent to members of the public from “HMRC” is rapidly on

Can I check my National Insurance contributions online?

National Insurance contributions are made by everyone in the UK, and allow you to qualify for other benefits such as the State Pension. You pay National Insurance contributions automatically if you are over 16, an employee making £155 a week, or are self-employed and earning more than £5965

Keep Calm and Carry On – HMRC Assures Panicked Taxpayers

A shock EU referendum result has rocked the UK in the past week, and the effects that will ensue are concerning the majority of its citizens. There is no doubt that tough times are ahead, particularly where the economy is concerned, and it seems people are fretting

What is Tax Avoidance?

What is Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud? What does it all mean? It can be quite confusing to be honest. All things concerning tax are a jumble at the best of times, but now you can say you know all about tax avoidance! Well, kinda. We’ll

HMRC to Send Out Thankyou Letters

Ever paid your taxes and felt begrudged because you were never acknowledged? Ever wondered who actually receives them and what they actually go towards? Ever wanted a simple thank-you for giving half your earnings away only to be left on the phone for hours on end? Well

Take That pay £20m to HMRC for part in Tax Scheme

Take That have paid more than £20m that was owed to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The money was owed due a tax avoidance scheme in which Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald all played parts in, alongside their manager Jonathon Wild. Together the four

HMRC Loses £50m in Stamp Duty from Chelsea Barracks Sale

The Chelsea Barracks, located in the City of Westminster, is a historical British landmark. Built in the 1860s, its original use was to house two battalions of troops and as a War Office in Central London. The site is now home to a £3.2m make-over  apartments and

HMRC’S New Controversial Tax Venture

Taxes, nobody likes them, everybody is required to pay them, and that’s that. However, there are some charges that might be seen as taking the taxing law too far… If you haven’t already got an adult colouring book, there you’re definitely in the minority. Adult colouring books