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Enterprise incentives extended

The decision in the Budget to extend the enterprise management incentive scheme, which helps growing businesses, could benefit IFAs because of the increased wealth generated for the economy. The Budget doubled the amount of share options that benefit from tax relief to £3m and removed the upper limit of 15 employees for companies which qualify for the scheme.

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Guide: Johnson Fleming produces auto-enrolment checklist

For a job as big as managing the auto-enrolment changes, it’s important to know what has been completed and what still lies in front of you to give you the reassurance that everything is in hand. Getting the planning and project management right at the outset can help you see the path ahead and ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. To help with this, Johnson Fleming has produced a checklist outlining every step that needs to be taken when preparing for auto-enrolment.

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