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Tax reporting is going digital

Tax reporting is going digital

The Joint Taxation Committee has confirmed that digital reporting of tax will be implemented in 2018. Last week, on 31 January, HMRC announced that most businesses, self-employed people and landlords will start to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and update...

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI: January

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI: January

A summary of the data revealed that the construction sector lost momentum in January. Other key findings were: Weakest activity growth since the recovery began in September 2016; Job creation hits eight-month peak; Strongest input cost inflation since August 2008.

SmartCard Audit

SmartCard Audit

Build UK and CECA will be carrying out an audit of industry skills cards across construction sites on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The requirement for all skills cards to carry the CSCS logo and be 'smart' was set by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). This...

Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance

Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance

From April 2017, large businesses and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) will have to publish details twice-yearly on the average time taken to pay supplier invoices. As part of business enterprise and corporate governance, government has set out measures to...

CITB plans to slash levy

CITB plans to slash levy

The CITB board has approved plans to cut the levy it charges qualifying construction firms by almost a third. This would see the current charge of 0.5 per cent drop to 0.35 per cent from 2018. Between August and September this year, the CITB will be required to...

FIS hosting at Surface Design Show

FIS hosting at Surface Design Show

FIS will be hosting a 45-minute presentation on Sustainable Design, Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education to architects and designers on the main stage at Surface Design Show on 8 February 2017 at 2.15pm. The panel will include Andrew Parkin, Acoustics Partner at...

JTC January Newsline

JTC January Newsline

January's edition of the Joint Taxation Committee’s Newsline provides information on: Travel expenses; Fuel rates for company cars; Welsh landfill tax; Scottish tax rates and a summary of the Employer Bulletin. The Newsline is available to read here.

Peter Fleerackers 1934-2016

Peter Fleerackers 1934-2016

We are sad to advise that Peter Fleerackers passed away on 21 December 2016. Peter was well known to many in the sector and particularly with regard to suspended ceilings having been involved in their installation from the late 1960s for over thirty-five years. Later...

Workforce survey to inform government

Workforce survey to inform government

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK will begin negotiations to exit the European Union. FIS intends to represent its membership by providing the government with accurate data, backing-up an argument for construction to be considered in the Brexit talks. In...