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Scottish Income Tax Overview

Ever since the setting of Income tax laws were officially devolved to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, it was widely expected that changes to the Income Tax system would follow shortly afterwards. The Scottish Finance […]

Budget U-Turn: Update re self-employed NI

As has been extensively covered in the mainstream media, the Government last week moved to abandon its proposed increase in class 4 national insurance contributions for self-employed workers, meaning the increases scheduled for April 2018 […]

Reasons to be cheerful!

Following this week’s budget, the nation’s small business owners and self-employed professionals could be forgiven for thinking that the Government is not interested in helping them get on and deliver the crucial part they play […]

Resilient tech sector is ‘superstar’ of UK economy

A report recently released by KPMG showed how well the tech sector and start-up tech companies are still doing, despite fears of a slow down towards the end of last year. The Q3 2014 survey […]

Small Businesses Lead Growth

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. SMEs Leading the Way Recent […]

UK Economy Growth Strong

Economic growth in the UK has recently been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of 2014, by the Office for National Statistics, with year-on-year growth standing at 3.2%. The ONS also said that […]

UK economy – news in brief

A leading economic think tank, The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), last week bumped up its forecast for UK economic growth in 2014. Increasing evidence of a robust, sustainable recovery prompted the […]

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New ISA Savings Limit Takes Effect

Just a reminder that the the increased amount available for tax-free ISA savings accounts, which the Chancellor announced in the budget, came into effect on 1 July. The new ISA products will (imaginatively) be called […]