The Tax Wizards of Oz

By Steven Tucker -

I read an article in the Autumn 2019 issue of Accounting Practice about the experience of digital taxation in Australia, and the fact that it has introduced various initiatives ahead of the UK. For anyone interested in the future impact of digital taxation in the UK, this article has some interesting predictions.

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Universal Credit Still Can’t Cope with Real Pay Dates

By Steven Tucker -

A report about Universal Credit, published last week, highlights how an employer’s choice of pay dates can still have unintended consequences for the staff. The report, from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), states that, “The strict system of monthly assessment of earnings can cause a host of problems as months do not all include the same number of paydays”.

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What’s Easy to Remember but Hard to Guess? A Good Password

By Steven Tucker -

Passwords have two main purposes: (1) to make it easy for an authorised person to log on to the system and (2) to make it hard for an unauthorised person to gain access to your account. If the password isn’t written down or stored in a password manager, a good password needs to be easy to remember (to meet the first purpose) and hard to guess (to meet the second purpose). A lot of passwords are good for one of these purposes but not the other and it is important to keep this in mind when choosing a password.

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Helping Staff with Universal Credit

By Steven Tucker -

Back in August, the Child Poverty Action Group flagged up a problem caused by the interaction between an employer’s choice of pay dates and their employee’s entitlement to universal credit. Although the recent budget did include some changes to universal credit, this particular problem wasn’t addressed. So, what can employers do about it?

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