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Changes to salary sacrifice … and beyond! Leave a comment Read more »

Changes to salary sacrifice … and beyond!

Before Parliament ‘broke-up’ for the General Election, legislation was passed which seeks to limit the tax advantages of salary sacrifice arrangements; i.e. where an employee gives up part of his/her salary in exchange for a benefit such as the use of a car. However, the…


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…


Applause on the radio! Leave a comment Read more »

Applause on the radio!

I had the pleasure of being a guest on BBC Radio 4 Money Box Live on Saturday, discussing the pros and cons of trading through a limited company following the Spring Budget. For those of you who had better things to do – hopefully all of…


The Spring Budget and what it means for you Leave a comment Read more »

The Spring Budget and what it means for you

Well, the Chancellor seemed to enjoy that, cracking jokes at himself, the PM and the Opposition. Perhaps Box Office Phil isn’t such an ironic nickname after all. Overall, he had very little to say on tax other than the headline increase in the rate of NICs for the…


Strategic Roadmapping Masterclass Leave a comment Read more »

Strategic Roadmapping Masterclass

We all have a rough idea of how we want our business to develop, but how many of us can say that we have a clear strategy in mind? It is difficult to find the time to think strategically; yet few businesses will reach their…


Change to VAT flat-rate scheme for 'limited-cost traders' Leave a comment Read more »

Change to VAT flat-rate scheme for ‘limited-cost traders’

In our blog post on the Autumn Statement we highlighted a change to the VAT flat-rate scheme which we thought at the time would cause a headache for many small businesses. Now that we have draft legislation and a HMRC policy paper, we can confirm our position…


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.…


Making tax digital - What it means for you Leave a comment Read more »

Making tax digital – What it means for you

Making Tax Digital – HMRC’s project to get all taxpayers to keep records digitally, and to send these to HMRC quarterly –  is the big story for accountants at the moment. And so it should be. Tax rates and rules change on a regular basis but this…


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…


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