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24 March 2015

RIP to the tax return?

By Gordon Singer, personal tax partner at PwC in Yorkshire In last week's Budget, the Chancellor dropped the bombshell that self assessment tax returns will be replaced by a new online digital tax account by the year 2020. In the UK, around 12 million people currently complete a tax return...

18 March 2015

Budget 2015 - Savers, Personal Savings Allowance and Tax Returns

In response to today's Budget, 18 March 2015, Iain McCluskey, tax director at PwC, said: “This was a Budget for thrifty middle England – supporting those who are fixing their roofs, saving for homes and getting on in work. For the lowest paid, and many part time workers, the sun...

13 March 2015

Budget 2015 – PwC predictions on property

Following the 2014 Autumn Statement reform of Stamp Duty, there’s a chance the reforming zeal could extend to Council Tax. It’s a particularly sensitive area though – while the council tax bands are long due an update, the Government may be wary of another hit on expensive properties following the...

Budget 2015 – PwC predictions on personal tax

With his last budget before May’s General Election, George Osborne will be looking to strike a difficult balance between championing the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility on one hand, and enticing prospective voters with something extra in their pockets on the other. The Budget presents a crucial final opportunity for...

11 March 2015

VIDEO: Budget 2015 predictions

What can we expect on the personal tax front when the Chancellor stands up on 18th March? Overall, it seems unlikely that there will be any particularly radical announcements. The running themes across the Autumn Statements and Budgets since the coalition came to power, have been around growth, keeping the...

09 March 2015

Oil price could boost GDP and employment

The significant fall in oil prices since mid-2014 should increase overall UK economic activity, according to PwC's latest UK Economic Outlook report, launched 11 March 2015. In a scenario where the oil price settles at just $50 per barrel, this could boost the level of GDP by around 1% on...

16 February 2015

Two students scoop £10k each, in PwC’s student competition for best ideas on UK tax reform

A tax system that empowers regional cities and encourages businesses to invest in people will boost employment and drive the UK economy – according to the winning essays of a major student tax competition. The two winning students, Richard Cha and Jamie Parker, both from the University of Cambridge, each...

12 February 2015

Dump the spreadsheets – meet My Financepartner

Back in the summer, Richard Branson blogged the result of a Bloomberg report, which found that 8 out of 10 companies fail within 18 months of opening for business. What’s more, said Branson, while there is no hard and fast rule that distinguishes the two-in-ten businesses that survive from those...

02 February 2015

Employment tax: a reminder of what comes into effect in 2015

Following the delivery of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, we wanted to provide you with a reminder of the employment tax topics that featured and that will come into effect during 2015. Personal allowance: The personal allowance will be increased by a further £100 in 2015-16 to £10,600. In addition, the...

30 January 2015

Slowdown in China - opportunities and threats for procurement

Comment by Tom Woodham, FCIPS, Director at PwC The continued economic slowdown shown in China’s 2014 GDP data, offers both opportunities and threats for procurement professionals. PwC’s annual Global CEO Survey, published at Davos in January 2015, shows that the US has overtaken China as CEOs’ most important growth market....