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“Cos now GDPR is cleaning out ma closet”… apologies to Eminem

Its not even spring anymore and yet I am enjoying a proper spring clean. I have written in my last few blogs about The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming to get they are coming. Well now that they are here, I had forgotten the that as well as all the work that we business […]

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Ghosts in the machine

You know what? I could harp on about the impending tribunals and the ‘gig’ economy stuff. The ‘status wars’ and the new tranche of attacks on operators funded by the GMB through their solicitors, Leigh Day. However, they are becoming so common as to warrant a waiting period until the dust settles. Just remember, even […]

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Rise of the machines. PHTM Article

As I prepare this article, my office is also preparing for the PHTM exhibition, and I am reminded about the changes that I have seen as an exhibitor, over the last twenty years. From being surrounded in the early days by chammy leathers and circuit radio sellers to being flanked by tech companies. In the […]

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The Gary Jacobs Blog April 2018

As I write this column the LHPCA are waiting to hear the results of their challenge TFL in the high court regarding the crippling and divisive new operator fees. I believe the results will be in as Pro Driver goes to press. I wish all involved every luck in their endeavours, let’s hope we can […]

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The Gary Jacobs Christmas Blog 2017

Not a London Cabbie Writes: I’m Ubercus. Uber is a taxi service according to European law. A landmark case settled recently that is setting the bar for those companies waiting in the wings to take their disruptive technology crown.This could be the first of the big gig economy legislations that will impact on us all. […]

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Keep Talking ‘Appy Talk

There are some problems regarding the use of APPs (which are of course becoming ubiquitous with our trade), some technical and some ethical and not necessarily in a way you would expect. For operators, it is the effect on their VAT position. There is already much debate and a little confusion on the specifics of […]

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Let Property Disclosure Campaign

HMRC’s Let Property Disclosure Campaign targets landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings. The campaign was launched in September 2013 and currently does not have an end date. The campaign offers landlords the opportunity to get their tax affairs up to date under the best available terms. HMRC will allow landlords to come […]

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Tax matters

HELP FOR THE DISADVANTAGED A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today. People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others do not – such as having to work around childcare requirements, lack of formal qualifications or gaps in their employment history. […]

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Help for the Disadvantaged

A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today. People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others do not – such as having to work around childcare requirements, lack of formal qualifications or gaps in their employment history. Ministers want to help […]

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Gary’s Budget Thing …

To start with I’d like to say that in this article I am stating facts and referencing data that I have access to, not presenting a political alliance. Not normally one to keep my opinions to myself, in this instance I think it is important to use my column to present the facts and not […]

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Get it in …

HMRC has recently published an update on the amount of tax they have collected since the introduction of the current batch of targeted campaigns against tax avoidance. HMRC’s approach since 2007 has revolved around offering specific sectors and areas including property sales, plumbers, electricians and members of the medical profession. In total HMRC says that […]

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Why does the government hate us?

Apologies if there are any mistakes in this month’s post but having started with a budget summary of why the government hates the self-employed, I must get the eraser out as I correct more U-turns than a boy racer on Southend sea front. Although, that nice Mr Hammond started by saying that the government was […]

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Making Tax Digital Update

In the last post, we spoke about the introduction of HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’. We were, of course, waiting for the Government report, so on 14th January 2017 The Treasury Committee published their much-anticipated report on Making Tax Digital (MTD), HMRC’s campaign to completely digitalise the tax system. This is undoubtedly the most the most […]

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Personal Tax Account

HMRC’s Personal Tax Account (PTA) has been designed to allow taxpayers to manage their tax affairs online. The PTA works in a similar way to an online bank account and is part of HMRC’s strategy to move to a fully digital tax service. It is expected that by 2020 the system will be fully rolled […]

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Watch Out, HMRC Debtors

The new Direct Recovery of Debts (DRD) powers will allow HMRC to target non-compliant taxpayers who owe more than £1,000 and who have sufficient funds in their accounts to pay. The proposals included measures to leave a minimum of £5,000 so as not to create unnecessary financial trouble for those affected. However, HMRC will be […]

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What’s Trending

Sorry to use that social media term this month, however, I seem to be having many conversations about the security industry. There’s a growing need for high-end chauffeur companies to be able to supply or source security services high-net-value clients. This could involve training existing chauffeurs to work with close protection teams, or actually using […]

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Debt Alert

For a number of years, HMRC and other government agencies have been working with private sector organisations to collect debt owed to the government. Following a review of the debt collection services, a new joint venture has been launched with the private sector. A new company called Integrated Debt Services Limited (that is jointly owned […]

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