New minimum wage from 1 April 2019

NMW NLW increase April 2019

Excellent for employees and not an April fools joke for employers. From today the 1 April 2019 the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage increase. The new hourly rates are as follows: Employees aged 25 and over will increase from £7.83 to £8.21 Employees aged between 21-24 will increase from £7.38 to £7.70 … Read moreNew minimum wage from 1 April 2019

Planning your estate: wills

Planning your estate - writing a legally valid willHow to plan and make a legally valid will.

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality, but planning for the future is important to ensure your estate; property, money and possessions are distributed the way you intend.

Writing a legally valid will is an essential part of this, and can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Despite this, a study from YouGov found that 62% of the UK’s adult population did not possess a will in 2017. In fact, most people tend to put it off, with only 36% of 45 to 54-year-olds saying they have a will, compared to 67% of over-55s.

When asked why they hadn’t made a will, the main reason was simply that they “hadn’t got round to it yet”.

If you’re among the majority of people in the UK who haven’t drafted a will, this article covers why you need one, how to go about making one, and what could happen if you don’t.

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Completing your self-assessment tax return

What you need to know before fCompleting your Self Assessment Formiling self-assessment for 2017/18.

It’s a common scenario.

As the year draws to a close, the thought of your tax return is there, at the back of your mind. But with so much time before the deadline, you decide not to worry about it for now.

Then the weeks start to fly by, Christmas comes and goes, and soon you’re planning for the New Year and getting back to work as normal.

Before you know it, it’s the end of January, you’re searching for your registration details, and HMRC’s waiting times are growing longer as thousands of other taxpayers in the same predicament try to get in touch.

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