This new HMRC initiative is only open to businesses with an annual turnover of at least £10m, or who have at least 20 employees. An HMRC spokesperson confirmed to AccountingWEB that businesses need only satisfy either of the minimum criteria, so your clients may qualify on the basis of employee numbers alone. The tax authority also clarified that the employee measurement is based solely on headcount, meaning that part-time workers count towards satisfying the requirement.
British businesses are using R&D tax credits at a record rate, according to the latest HMRC statistics. The data shows a 22% increase in the number of SME claims over the past year. In total, small to medium firms claimed £905m in cash payments from HMRC in 2015/16. Alongside the large company R&D scheme and the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC), the figure handed out in 15/16 swells to £2.78bn. Average claim values are up across the board, too.
This much we know: for many well-paid contractors with work offers flowing from the public sector, these are unsettling times. Their status as independents is now being decided, in some quarters, by a public body, in line with a recent HMRC policy shift. But what about the rest of the UK’s self-employed?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".