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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…


Free calculator for foster parents Leave a comment Read more »

Free calculator for foster parents

We have a number of clients who are foster parents and so we understand how difficult it can be for foster carers to calculate their tax liabilities. Briefly, foster parents have an exempt amount for each year which is calculated, in part, by reference to…


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…


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…


Applause for the OTS! Leave a comment Read more »

Applause for the OTS!

Back in 2010, the then Coalition Government set up the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to investigate options for making the UK’s tax rules simpler. The OTS has acheived a lot in the last five years but there is still much to do. Next on the…


The new rules for taxing dividends Leave a comment Read more »

The new rules for taxing dividends

Just over a month ago, George Osborne announced that from April 2016 new rules will apply for the taxation of dividends. Details were fairly sketchy at that time but, with the publication by HMRC of a helpful factsheet, we now know a little more, as set…


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