11-04-10 – UK Tax Rates 2010-2011

Following the announced tax rates for 2010-2011 financial year, we have published the amended rates on our website. You may find the new scale on the relevant page www.lawfirmuk.net/tax_e.html We will be happy to consult you on any tax matters. We provide the full range of accounting services including annual reports for the companies and partnerships, VAT return, self assessments, PAYE and other accounting matters.

29-03-10 – New Budget Report 2010

Alistair Darling has spoken at the House of Commons with the new Budget Report 2010. The Budget reflects the measures proposed by the Chancellor to deal with the economic difficulties. The measures include income tax increase for the rich and further stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers.In a bet to win public votes on the forthcoming general election, the Labour was put under pressure in assembling the budget. Following public critiques, the budget addressed all the major issues concerning the recent failures of the labour government.  Below are the main highlights of the budget:Highe...

28-03-10 – TIER 2 – New Rules – April 2010

From 06th of April 2010, the Tier 2 (G) and Tier 2 (intra company transfer) applicants will be assessed under the revised criteria published at UKBA website. There will not be any changes in the Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) or Tier 2 (Sportsperson) categories. The framework has been kept the same but following important changes have been announced: Tier 2 (G) 1-    The applicants will be given 15 points for having a UK equivalent Masters degree or PHD degree. Previously only 10 points were given to the applicants who had a Masters equivalent degree. 2-    The mi...

17-03-10 – TIER 1 (General) – New Rules – April 2010

The ever changing rules have changed again. From 06th of April 2010, the highly skilled migrants will be assessed under the revised criteria published today at UKBA website.I              SummaryThe framework has been kept the same but following important changes have been announced.It will not be necessary to have any sort of formal qualifications to qualify under Tier 1 (G). But they still require to do English language test (IELTS : 6.5), if they are not exempt.The points awarded for PHD has been reduced to 45 from 50.The leve...

16-02-10 – New rules for students applying under Tier 4 from the 3d of March 2010

Starting from the 3rd of March 2010 the new rules for students applying under Tier 4 come into force.These rules will be applied for those students who intend to come in the UK to study below degree level in the further education and English language sectors. The changes are the following:the amount of time students can work during term time is reduced from 20 to 10 hours a week;students who are studying on courses of six months or less cannot bring their dependants with them to the UK;the dependants are not allowed to work in the UKAll of these changes will come into force on 3 March 2010 and...

14-02-10 – New requirements for students applying under TIER 4

 From 22 February 2010 any student who wants to apply under Tier 4 must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the educational institution offering a place for the student.From that date Visa Letters will not be accepted by UKBA with the Tier 4 applications, even if the visa letter was issued before 22 February 2010.The visa letters are accepted through 21 February 2010, even if the course of study starts after 22 February 2010.

19-01-10 – Answers to common questions concerning UK visa refusals and appeals

 We present you the new page of our site with the answers to some common questions concerning UK visa refusals and appeals.  All questions and answers have been prepared from the emails, telephone calls and actual cases that we have dealt and concern different types of UK visas from visitor's visa to PBS. You may find the new page in "Immigration/FAQ/Appeals" section.

22-12-09 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 Dear All,Law Firm Ltd wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and happiness!  From home to home,And heart to heart, From one place to anotherThe warmth and joy of Christmas,Brings us closer to each other.  By Emily Matthews

17-12-09 – Standard VAT rate returns to 17,5%

The standard rate of VAT was temporarily reduced to 15 per cent on 1 December 2008 and it will return to 17.5 per cent on 1 January 2010.For any sales of standard-rated goods or services that you make on or after 1 January 2010 you must charge VAT at the rate of 17.5 per cent. The change only applies to the standard VAT rate. There are no changes to sales that are zero-rated or reduced-rated for VAT. Similarly, there are no changes to the VAT exemptions. Any sales you make at these rates are unaffected by this change.

11-11-09 – New Changes (Nov. 2009)

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has finally unlocked the framework of the new bill and has made important announcements in respect of consolidating, simplifying and repealing existing immigration acts. Following are the major changes that have been proposed by the secretary of state that would have a great impact on the visitors, short term and long term migrants and their family members:      1. Permission: The new act will be replacing the terms “entry clearance”, “leave to enter”, “leave to remain” with one term i.e. “Permis...