First aid at work

The Health and Safety Executive are reminding businesses that the guidance for first aid at work changed from 1 October 2009.

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Parties for employees

Are you planning a party for your employees? The good news is that, unlike entertaining customers, the costs of entertaining employees are generally allowable against the profits of the business.

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Swine flu and SSP

Under existing rules for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) employees can self-certify for the first seven days of their illness and employers cannot ask for medical evidence during this period. There has been no change to this requirement.

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Online filing of VAT returns

HMRC are reminding businesses that new rules on how VAT returns are submitted and payments are made will come into force next year. Paper VAT returns will be phased out from 1 April 2010.

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Intrastat thresholds

HMRC have announced significant changes to the Intrastat thresholds. Intrastat is used to report the movement of goods within the EU over certain thresholds.

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Pre-Budget Report 2009

Alistair Darling will make his Pre-Budget statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday 9 December 2009 at 12:30.

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VAT and New Year's Eve traders

If you are going to be out celebrating on New Year's Eve or indeed if your business will be operating over midnight, you will be glad to hear that the government has announced a relaxation of the VAT rules.

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Paying PAYE on time

HMRC are warning employers that from May 2010 they may have to pay a penalty if they do not pay their PAYE on time. These are generally due each month, on time and in full.

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