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Global Market Commentary – May

Recent data has hinted at a divergence between the US and UK/EU economies, with signs of an economic slowdown in the States coinciding with Britain and Europe rebounding from a period of stagnant GDP growth. Having been neglected for several years post-Brexit, there is hope that UK stocks may finally prosper given a more favourable macroeconomic environment.

Holiday pay and entitlement reforms

On the 1 January 2024 the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) issued guidance on the changes that are…

Global Market Commentary – April 2024

At the end of 2023, investors expected the US and UK central banks to reduce interest rates by 1.50 -1.75 percentage points in 2024.1 A fortnight after the spring equinox, those expectations have reduced to only 0.25 - 0.75 percentage points2 and some are now questioning whether we will see any rate cuts at all.

Cash Basis – changes applying from April 2024

The cash basis is a simpler way of preparing accounts, which takes account only of cash received and cash paid out. Unlike the traditional accruals basis there is no need to match income and expenses to the period to which they relate, or take account of debtors and creditors

Basis Period Reform

Basis Period Reform:
Will it affect your business?

Tax Planning

Wednesday 5 April 2024 sees the end of the current Tax Year. Following the Chancellor's continued plans to freeze and in some case reduce Tax-free allowances, it's more important than ever to make the most of some timely Tax planning.

Salary sacrifice and the minimum wage

Further to our recent article on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases on 7 March 2024 – read…

Global Market Commentary – March 2024

STOCKS BEGIN TO MOTOR -
In June 2023 we asked whether a new bull market had begun. Nine months later, we have our answer. The MSCI World index moved to new all-time highs in February. The US and Japanese stock markets have led the way, while others are yet to catch up - including the UK’s.

Spring Budget 2024 – Highlights

Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt gave what could be the Conservative Party’s last Budget before a General Election and possibly his last as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He claimed the Spring Budget 2024 aimed to halve inflation, reduce debt and grow the economy.

National Minimum Wage increase 

All employers need to be aware that the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates are increasing on 1‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2024. In addition, the National Living Wage will be extended to workers aged 21 and over (previously only for age 23 and over).

What happens if you can’t pay your tax bill?

If you are a taxpayer and you are concerned that you cannot pay your tax bill on time, you have the option to set up an online “time to pay” arrangement with HMRC.  This means you can spread the cost of you tax bill over a period of 6-12 months, helping improve cash flow.

Changes for owners of Airbnb and short term let properties in England

In the future, owners of Airbnb and short-term let properties in England will have to get planning permission before renting out rooms.