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The thorny issue of employment status Leave a comment Read more »

The thorny issue of employment status

There are three main ways which in which people can earn their living: (1) as an employee; (2) as a sole-trader and (3) as a director/shareholder of a limited company. Each way of working is subject to a separate set of tax rules and so the route taken…


Getting into the Christmas spirit Leave a comment Read more »

Getting into the Christmas spirit

It may be October but it’s not too early to plan for Christmas, and this year even HMRC seem to be getting into the Christmas spirit. Most people are familiar with the tax relief for Christmas parties but few may be aware of a new relief for staff benefits which…


Labour to end 'scourge of tax avoidance' Leave a comment Read more »

Labour to end ‘scourge of tax avoidance’

It’s party conference time again and John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, has just delivered his plan for a future Labour Government. Some may say there’s little chance of that happening but in today’s world, where Donald Trump can run for US President, anything can happen.…


Choosing an accountant Leave a comment Read more »

Choosing an accountant

Choosing an accountant can be a difficult task. For a start there’s a lot of us out there. And if you haven’t used an accountant before it can be difficult to know what services you need, and how much you should be paying for them. Thankfully…


Budget 2016 Leave a comment Read more »

Budget 2016

Yes, there has been another Budget. In the last 12 months George has stood up in the House of Commons to deliver Budget 2015, Summer Budget 2015, Autumn Statement 2015 and now Budget 2016. I see more of George Osborne than I do some of…


New Co. Sec. requirements for companies Leave a comment Read more »

New Co. Sec. requirements for companies

Given the current media obsession with Cameron, Bo Jo and pals you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only thing of interest in June is the EU Referendum. But you’d be wrong, at least if you have an interest in all things company secretarial. Forget…


New rules for employees' expenses Leave a comment Read more »

New rules for employees’ expenses

From April this year, new rules will apply with regard to the reporting and taxation of expenses relating to an employee. The current rules The rules in place up to and including 5 April 2016 work like this: the employee incurs an expense – say,…


Autumn Statement highlights Leave a comment Read more »

Autumn Statement highlights

Leaving aside the political nonsense (u-turns, smoke and mirrors, Chairman Mao and the like), there was little in yesterday’s Autumn Statement for our clients. Not that we are complaining.  After the Summer Budget, which impacted on most areas of tax, and in some cases significantly, we are…


The future of IR35 Leave a comment Read more »

The future of IR35

Following on from the Summer Budget changes to dividend taxation and the NICs employment allowance (see our earlier blog post), the Government has published a discussion document on the future of IR35. Although it is too early to say what changes will be made (if…


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