Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Surrey Wildlife Trust – Corporate Partnership

Ward Williams Financial Services Ltd (WWFS) are delighted to announce that we have decided to partner with Surrey Wildlife Trust for another year. 

As we have got to know the Surrey Wildlife Trust throughout our first partnership year we have been impressed with the breadth of work in which the Trust is involved and its dedication to preserving and improving our and our wildlife’s habitats in Surrey.  With the importance of the preserving wildlife and our natural landscapes being increasing linked to the maintenance of human health and well-being we feel even more strongly that supporting this charity is the right thing to do.

In addition to our Bronze Corporate Partnership we have supported the Trust by raising funds through two cake bakes – a Halloween one and an Easter Bake which were impressively and creatively supported throughout our office.  We had a day out on the “Pine & Dine” event in December when we had a wonderfully active day chopping down invasive pine (or Christmas Trees to us!) on one of the commons.  We also attended a Reception held by the Trust to view the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition in October 2017and enjoyed finding out more about the Trust “on site” when we visited them at their Nower Wood facility where we experienced the education centre at first hand.

We hope that our contribution will enable the Surrey Wildlife Trust in some small way to carry on with the vital work in which they are involved.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Tax refund scams warning from HMRC

HMRC has issued a warning to taxpayers regarding the latest tax refund scams. These scams are targeting individuals via email and SMS messages.

HMRC is currently processing genuine tax refunds for the 2017/18 tax year and the fraudsters are sending scam messages which claim that taxpayers are entitled to a rebate. These messages go on to request that they provide their personal and account details in order to make their claim.

HMRC is keen to stress that it will only ever inform individuals of a tax refund by post or through their employer, and never via email, text messaging or voicemail.

Commenting on the issue, Treasury Minister Mel Stride said:

‘We know that criminals will try and use events like the end of the financial year, the self assessment deadline, and the issuing of tax refunds to target the public and attempt to get them to reveal their personal data’.

HMRC is advising taxpayers not to click on any links, download any attachments or provide any personal information, and to forward any suspect messages to HMRC.

Internet link: GOV.UK news

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the team at Ward Williams Financial Services Ltd on 01932 830664 or by email on wwfs@wardwilliams.co.uk.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Employer-Supported Childcare gets a reprieve

Many employers help employees with childcare costs, often by providing childcare vouchers by way of salary sacrifice. Following the roll out of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), the new government scheme to help working parents, existing Employer-Supported Childcare (ESC) schemes were expected to close to new joiners from April 2018.

However following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, Education Secretary Damian Hinds, made a concession to delay scrapping the scheme by six-months.

The Childcare Choices website which provides useful guidance to parents on the childcare options available to them including ESC, TFC and other free entitlements has been updated to show that childcare vouchers will be available to new joiners until the end of September 2018.

Under the rules employees already using ESC can choose whether to remain in existing schemes or switch to TFC, but parents cannot be in both TFC and ESC at the same time.

Internet link: GOV.UK Childcare Choices

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the team at Ward Williams Financial Services Ltd on 01932 830664 or by email on wwfs@wardwilliams.co.uk.