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If you’re currently an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK, you and your family will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to protect the rights you currently have in the UK.

Irish citizens or those with valid indefinite leave do not need to apply.

Applications are open until 30 June 2021.

It’s free to apply.


If you buy from or sell goods to the EU you need to apply for an EORI number as a matter of urgency.  To apply click here.  The application process takes approximately 10 minutes.  For more guidance from the government on an EU exit click here.


HMRC have published their latest letter to UK businesses that trade only with the EU, with details of important actions they need to take and changes to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is their third letter to businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

The letter asks businesses to take a number of actions to prepare for no deal. These include:

  • registering for a EORI number at Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • deciding if they want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for them or if they want to make declarations themselves using relevant software
  • registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.

There are also important updates on the way businesses trading with the EU pay import VAT and use EU VAT IT systems if the UK leave with no deal. You can read the full letter at Letters on 'no deal' Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU.

These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. HMRC will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland as soon as they can.

New guidance

HMRC have also published new guides on GOV‌.UK on:

The guides provide further information explaining what these changes mean for UK businesses that trade with the EU. You can find the guides at Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

New ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool

HMRC have also published a ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool to help UK businesses find out:

  • what they need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in their industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations.
All businesses need to do is answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to them and their sector. You can access the tool at Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU


If you or your children are considering opening a "help to buy ISA" then you should be aware that the deadline to open an account is 30 November 2018.

For more information click here.


HMRC have published a Partnership Pack on GOV.UK to help businesses plan for the unlikely possibility of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit.

The pack is for organisations, intermediaries and infrastructure providers to use for their own contingency planning and to share with those they represent, their clients and members. It is designed so that busineses and organisations can take information from it and tailor it to suit their own channels and their audiences’ needs.

The pack focuses on how VAT, Customs and Excise could be affected and includes information split by topic, audience and flowcharts.


Since 1 February 2016 landlords have had a responsibility in the UK to verify the "right to rent" for both tenants and lodgers. There is good guidance at Shelter's Website - click here
At the HMRC website where the documents required and a Home office Check are available - click here


GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018.  For more information and to see how the regulations affect you click here


The biggest update to the EU's data protection legislation in 20 years will be enforced from 25 May 2018 and it could heavily impact your business  For a guide to GDPR click here.

Further guidance is available from the Information Commissionioner's Office (ICO) by clicking here.


Client of Wolfson Associates should note that in order for the practice to comply with the new GDPR regulations, confidential data will be sent either via our secure client portal or as secure email using our Citrix/Sharefile secure mail system.  Both systems will require your to register your email address.  If in doubt about any communications from the practice, please call us.


Companies House (CH) has launched a FREE service to search company information and document images (Accounts and CH documents).  The service allows the public to access 170 million digital records without the need to register or pay. To access the service click here.

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