TRYING to sort out your taxes can be a frustrating and difficult process. Here's a brief and simple rundown of some of the most common questions asked when it comes to tax codes and your personal allowance for 2018/19. What tax code should I be on? A tax code is used by employers or pension providers to work out how much Income Tax to take from a person's pay or pension. The code will usually start with a number and end with a letter. The numbers in your tax code show how much tax-free income you get in that tax year. While letters reveal your living situation and how it affects your Personal Allowance. L You’re entitled to the standard tax-free Personal Allowance M Marriage Allowance: you’ve received a transfer of 10% of your partner’s Personal Allowance N Marriage Allowance: you’ve transferred 10% of your Personal Allowance to your partner S Your income or pension is taxed using the rates in Scotland. T Your tax code includes other calculations to work out … [Read more...] about What tax code should I be on, what’s my personal allowance for 2018/19 and how do I contact HMRC?
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When it comes to crunching numbers or winding down bad businesses, nobody at Sony Corp. has been as sharp as Kenichiro Yoshida. Now, as chief executive officer, he faces a tougher task: rekindling some lost magic.The driving force behind Sony’s turnaround during the last five years when he was in charge of finance, the reserved 58-year-old took the company’s top job yesterday. Investors love him, but managers who worked with him said they worry he isn’t in love with the kind of gadgets that once made Sony a household name.Sony is making record profits again, but it’s no longer making the world’s coolest stuff. The company that gave us the Walkman and the Trinitron color TV has become a less-inspiring hodgepodge that includes an insurance provider and a semiconductor maker, along with Playstation game consoles and movies. Once ranked the No.1 brand by American consumers, Sony and it’s incoming CEO need new hits to keep from falling further behind … [Read more...] about Is the Fun Over at Sony? A Stoic Numbers Guy Takes Over as CEO
THE private number plate business is worth a fortune with sought after registrations changing hands for thousands. The UK record stands at £518,480 paid for "25 O" and Brits splashed out over £100million auction last year alone. But could you be sitting on a gold mine? A new guide has been released to make sense of the number plate madness to reveal just what your plate is worth. The book uses a series of tables and star ratings to calculate the value of almost every combination there is. The rarest of the rare will make you a sweet £600,000 but even more basic registrations could make you some cash. Example number plates and their valuesNew style registrations £150-£4,999: e.g. NA51 USA - £350 Triple letter combinations with suffix year letters £199-£6,999: e.g. SUE 694R - £1,599 Triple letter combinations with prefix year letters £199-£6,599: e.g. G4 ABC - £1,099 Triple letter suffix combinations without … [Read more...] about Find out exactly how much YOUR number plate is worth – from £150 to £600,000
President Donald Trump has ousted another high ranking member of his administration, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, in the latest in a series of high profile departures as the White House shakes up its operations. The decision, announced by Mr Trump in a tweet, after weeks of speculation over what would happen to Mr Shulkin, and whether his job was safe. Mr Trump said that he was nominating Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to replace his outgoing secretary, while praising Mr Shulkin's service in Washington. Read more Justice Department's internal watchdog to investigate spy warrants "I am thankful for Dr David Shulkin's service to our country and to our great VETERANS!" Mr Trump tweeted. Robert Wilkie, an undersecretary at the Pentagon, will fill in for Mr Shulkin until the Senate can approve Mr Jackson's nomination. Mr Shulkin's departure follows after months in which he has been locked in a power struggle with some … [Read more...] about Trump fires Veteran affair’s secretary David Shulkin in favour of his personal physician
Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences which "plumbed new depths of depravity". The disgraced rock star even spoke with a female fan from prison the day after admitting two counts of attempted baby rape and said he was going to issue a statement saying it had all been "mega lolz". Watkins, who had lost his initial cockiness and was shaking visibly in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court, was told he would serve 29 years in jail with the final six on licence. He confessed to 13 offences and was described as a committed and determined paedophile. His two accomplices, Woman A and Woman B, were jailed for 14 years and 16 years respectively. After sexually touching a groupie's 11-month-old baby, Watkins then tried to have penetrative sex with the child. He also encouraged a second fan to abuse her child during a webcam chat and secretly stashed child porn videos, some of which he had made himself. And it is feared the … [Read more...] about 35 years for ‘depraved’ Watkins