Official rate of interest

From 6 April 2010 the official rate of interest applying to interest-free or low interest loans made to employees will be 4%.

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National insurance - new EU rules

HMRC have released new guidance for employers about forthcoming changes to EU rules regarding national insurance for people moving around Europe for work.

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Employer supported childcare

In 2009 the government announced changes to employer supported childcare and HMRC have now issued further guidance on the changes.

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Payment of VAT

HMRC are advising businesses that from 1 April 2010 all cheque payments by post will be treated as being received by HMRC on the date when cleared funds reach HMRC's bank account. This change does not affect any cheque payments made by Bank Giro.

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HMRC offer advice on fraud emails

HMRC are warning taxpayers to be vigilant as there have been several reports of scam emails offering a tax repayment. Taxpayers should not respond to any email promising a tax repayment.

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