Cyber security - Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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The recent Government Cyber Security Breaches survey showed ‎that though businesses are more aware than ever before, many need to prepare.
You can find information about Cyber Security at Cyber Aware. This is a cross government website, which provides information based on expert advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of the Government Communications Headquarters.
You can also find information about protecting your login details and reducing the risk of fraud when using HMRC Online Services, at HMRC's online security information for agents.

The National Minimum Wage and the tax avoidance cycle - Talking Points meetings

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We have two meetings this week – one on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the other on the tax avoidance cycle. The NMW Talking Points meeting is on Thursday 21 September 2017, from 11am to midday. The tax avoidance cycle and how to get out of it, takes place on Friday 22 September 2017, at midday to 1pm.

New digital services for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

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As you may have read in Agent Update 61, our new digital service – ‘Apply to use the Venture Capital Schemes’ – is now available and is being tested with selected volunteers. Currently this can only be used to obtain an advance assurance for a proposed investment under the EIS, SEIS or from a Venture Capital Trust; however, we intend to add the process for companies to submit a Compliance Statement (forms EIS1 and SEIS1) later this year.

Cyber Aware, keeping secure online and Making Tax Digital for Business, the basics - Talking Points meetings

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We have two Talking Points meeting subjects this week. Cyber Aware – Keeping Secure Online. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about simple steps you can take to keep your business and your clients secure online. Join us on Monday 11 September 2017, midday to 1pm. We also have our Making Tax Digital for Business meeting which provides an overview of the basics of Making Tax Digital for Business, including the latest information about the new phased approach. We have two meetings on Thursday 14 September 2017 at either 1pm to 2pm or 2:30pm to 3:30pm. And two meetings on Friday 15 September 2017 at either 10:30am to 11:30am or midday to 1pm.

Tax Codes and how they have changed, changes to Inheritance Tax and the new Trusts Registration Service - Talking Points meeting

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We have three subjects for this week’s Talking Points meetings. On Monday 4 September 2017, we have Tax Codes and how they have changed at 1pm-2pm. Wednesday we have Changes to Inheritance Tax from 11am to midday. And Friday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm we have the new Trusts Registration Service.