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Dec
22

Off Street Car Parking – Court of Appeal Decision

Having seemingly only just risen from their seats at the hearing, the judges at the Court of Appeal have released (on 16 December 2015) the decision in the Isle of Wight (‘IoW’) off street car parking case. The Court has dismissed the appeal and therefore confirmed that the First Tier Tribunal was correct in concluding […]

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Dec
09

Councillor’s Travel Expenses – Update

As we have reported previously, a statutory exemption from tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) is set to be introduced with effect from 6 April 2016 for mileage allowances paid to councillors for travelling between their home and their permanent workplace, ie the Council offices. However, for tax years up to and including 2015/16 we […]

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Nov
30

Duncan Groves Joins PSTAX

LAVAT is pleased to announce the appointment of Duncan Groves as Head of Employment Taxes. Duncan has specialised in employment taxes for the public sector since 1991. He was the founder member of the Chiltern Public Sector Tax team, growing it from scratch to a £2m+ business by the time he left in 2004. Duncan […]

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Nov
26

Tax free Childcare scheme- start date delayed

The Government has announced that the start date for its new Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which was due to come into effect in October 2015, is to be delayed by more than a year until early 2017. There had been a legal challenge in the Supreme Court by childcare voucher companies regarding who should operate the […]

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Nov
25

Summer Budget 2015- Employment Tax Issues

The Chancellor’s Budget on 8th July 2015 included the following measures/announcements in respect of Employment Taxation, which   will be of relevance to local authority employers and employees: Councillors’ Travel Expenses The date for the statutory exemption from Tax and National Insurance   for councillors’ home to work travel mileage expenses paid by their local   […]

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Nov
24

Councillors’ Travel Expenses – Statutory Exemption Delayed

In a Ministerial Statement issued on 24th March 2015, it was announced that the proposed Tax and National Insurance exemption for councillors’ travelling expenses, which was due to come into effect on 6th April 2015, has been deferred to a later date (as yet unspecified).  The Statement advises that the changes “have been deferred as […]

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Nov
23

Nick Burrows Joins PSTAX

LAVAT is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Burrows as VAT Director. Nick has been working in VAT for over 20 years and has specialised in Public Sector VAT since 1994. He has, in particular, advised local, police and fire authorities, NHS bodies, NDPBs, government departments and agencies and third sector bodies. Nick has […]

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Nov
22

Employment Tribunal Ruling on Overtime and Holiday Pay

As you may have seen widely reported in the media, a crucial recent legal judgment means that employers may need to make changes to the way they calculate holiday pay for employees working overtime. In the case of Bear Scotland and others v Fulton and others the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that that the […]

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