Does ‘Qualifying Car’ Always Mean ‘VAT Recoverable’?

The term ‘qualifying car’ is widely used and misunderstood. Car dealers may well tell potential buyers that it means you are able to reclaim the VAT. However, is that always the case? Generally, the input tax on the purchase of a motor car is blocked, unless the car is to be used for one of … Continue reading Does ‘Qualifying Car’ Always Mean ‘VAT Recoverable’?

Brexit and Its Impact on Workforces

EU nationals currently contribute over two million people to the UK workforce. Government policy regarding immigration and free movement is a rapidly changing area. To keep up-to-date, a regular check of the Brexit preparation pages on gov.uk (www.gov.uk/brexit) or signing up for email alerts (bit.ly/2ky8lzb) is recommended. The House of Commons Library also publishes useful … Continue reading Brexit and Its Impact on Workforces

Age Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

Arbitration service Acas recently published new guidance on recognising age discrimination in the workplace. Here, we take a look at how discrimination based on an employee’s age can be prevented. Age discrimination: an overview Age discrimination, or ageism, is defined as treating someone unfairly because of their age. The Equality Act 2010 includes provisions that … Continue reading Age Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

Making an Application to Work Flexibly

All employees have the legal right to request to work flexibly. This can range from requesting to work from home to asking to work flexible hours. Here, we outline areas that both employers and employees should consider when applying to work flexibly. Please note that the rules regarding flexible working differ in Northern Ireland. Submitting … Continue reading Making an Application to Work Flexibly

6 Things Employers Should Know About Jury Service

You may have never had an employee called for Jury Service, but it is important to be aware of your obligations in case it occurs in the future. Here are 6 things all employers should be aware of: Anyone on the electoral register aged between 18-70 may be selected. In most cases, Jury Service lasts … Continue reading 6 Things Employers Should Know About Jury Service

Redundancy Protection for Pregnant Employees Announced

More concrete plans have been published, which would extend redundancy protection to pregnant women and employees who have recently returned from maternity and adoption leave. Under the current law, women on maternity leave have special protection when their employer is making redundancies. They have the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy, if one … Continue reading Redundancy Protection for Pregnant Employees Announced

Reviewing Your State Pension

Earlier this year, a report suggested that half a million people could be paying ‘unnecessary’ tax on their state pension. The issue arises where someone carries on working beyond state pension age. At 65, state pension age is now the same for women as for men. It rises to 66 in October 2020 and is … Continue reading Reviewing Your State Pension

IFS States High Earners ‘Increasingly Hit by Lack of Indexation’

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recently published a report which revealed that more people are being 'dragged into higher rates of tax' as a result of tax thresholds failing to rise in line with the rate of inflation. The report states that, in 2007, the year before the top income tax threshold of £150,000 … Continue reading IFS States High Earners ‘Increasingly Hit by Lack of Indexation’

Green & Co Win Top Award for Services to Clients

On Thursday 12 September, the nation’s top accountants gathered and celebrated in style at the Accounting Excellence Awards in London. This prestigious event pinpoints professional development and innovation and celebrates those that have demonstrated excellence in the world of accountancy. This year we were nominated for Medium Practice of the Year and the Client Service … Continue reading Green & Co Win Top Award for Services to Clients

An Update on Holiday Pay

The government has recently been circulating adverts promoting the holiday pay awareness campaign. ‘Holiday pay: it comes with the job’ is part of the modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to give employers and workers a better understanding of both workplace rights and responsibilities. Recent research suggests some 1.8 million people currently do not receive the … Continue reading An Update on Holiday Pay