Out of interest

Usury is defined as the practice of making loans that are unfairly enriching the lender. And we must take comfort that most lenders in the UK are limited by legislation to keep rates charged at a reasonable level; unless, of course, you are a loan shark.   Banks are the biggest lenders, and you may […]

Time to renew tax credits

HMRC is currently sending the annual tax credit renewal packs to the 730,000 tax credit claimants and is encouraging recipients to renew their tax credits claim online. HMRC started writing to taxpayers on 2 May and expects all packs to be with recipients by the 19 June 2024. Renewal packs with a black stripe across […]

New law on tipping

Millions of UK workers will take home an estimated £200 million more of their hard-earned cash, as employers are banned from withholding tips under the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023. The act received Royal Assent 2 May 2023. Many hospitality workers rely on tips to top up their pay and are often left powerless […]

What are alphabet shares?

Most small companies are set up with a number of Ordinary shares, let’s say a 100 shares in this example. If there are two equal shareholders, John and Mary, they would each receive 50 shares. In most cases, the rights of the ordinary shares – in this 50:50 example – would entitle the shareholders to […]

Act now to claim dormant funds

Recent legislation changes have been made which affects how the Court Funds Office (CFO) holds dormant funds. From 1 June 2024 any account that has been held dormant within the CFO for 30 years or more will be surrendered and any future right to claim the funds will be extinguished. Funds are classified as dormant […]