Stamp Duty and the 2015 Autumn Statement

Stamp Duty and the 2015 Autumn Statement
In last month's Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osbourne announced further changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax, after changes were initially announced in 2014's Autumn Statement. Here's a quick rundown of Stamp Duty, the newly proposed changes, and how they might affect you.
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Giving Christmas bonuses to your staff

Giving Christmas bonuses to your staff
Christmas is almost here and it's a season of goodwill and giving. You may be thinking about how you can reward your employees for all of their hard work at the end of the year. Christmas gifts and/or bonuses are a great way to make your employees know that you value them, but there are certain rules that you need to take into consideration.
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Mortgage requests and HMRC

Mortgage requests and HMRC
If you're applying for a mortgage on a house, the lender will require confirmation of your income so that they have proof that you actually do earn the amount you claimed on the forms you completed for your mortgage application.
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Self employment and HMRC: What you need to know

Self employment and HMRC: What you need to know
If you are a sole trader or a partner in a business partnership, then HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) classes you as self-employed. You can find out whether you are classed as self-employed or not by using HMRC's Employment Status Indicator.
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Sole traders, have you thought about becoming incorporated?

Sole traders, have you thought about becoming incorporated?
If you are a sole trader running a small business, you may have considered the possibility of becoming incorporated. A Limited Company exists as a completely separate legal entity to its owners or directors. In the UK, incorporating a business can be done electronically and is a fairly easy process.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming incorporated:
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