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24 Jan


Self-assessment: an introduction

January 24, 2016 | By |

The what, when, how and why of completing your self-assessment tax return. At the end of the year, most people have other things on their minds than tax returns. It would be a stretch to say it’s an enjoyable experience, but getting self-assessment done and dusted as early as possible removes the stress of a last-minute submission and certainly makes the process more bearable. This guide will give you the […]

26 Nov


Autumn Budget 2015

November 26, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full newsletter:  Autumn Budget 2015 George Osborne's third economic statement of 2015 (and the fourth within 365 days) lacked the big surprises and headline grabbing announcements we've recently come to expect from these occasions. In a combined Spending Review and Autumn Statement, changes to government departmental budgets dominated the Chancellor's speech. Day-to-day spending of government departments will fall by an average of 0.8% a year in […]

19 Oct


October 2015 Newsletter

October 19, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full newsletter: October Newsletter Minimum wage increases The adult rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) is set to rise by 20p to £6.70 on 1 October 2015. As well as the change to adult rate: the apprentice rate increases by 57p to £3.30 the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will rise by 17p to £5.30 those aged 16-17 will now be paid £3.87, […]

22 Sep


HMRC Investigations

September 22, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full report: HMRC Investigations A guide to what to expect if you are the subject of an investigation by HMRC. Anyone who has experienced the difficulty of trying to get through to the HMRC helpline may think that it is an organisation too large and complex to do anything quickly. However, while it may seemingly lack the ability to answer phone calls and emails in a […]

14 Sep



September 14, 2015 | By |

Understanding dividends Click here for the full report: Dividends 1509 A guide to how dividend taxation will change from April 2016. The chancellor George Osborne wasn't exaggerating when he said he was undertaking a "major and long overdue reform to simplify the taxation of dividends" in his Summer Budget speech. The current dividend system was set up more than 40 years ago to avoid double taxation of profits. At the […]

07 Sep


September 2015 Newsletter

September 7, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full newsletter: September Newsletter Digital account timeline overview HMRC has revealed how it plans to introduce digital tax accounts over the course of the 2015/16 tax year. First announced in Budget 2015, news that HMRC wants digital accounts to replace traditional annual tax accounts created much debate. Now, further details of what this transitional process will look have been provided by HMRC: July – September 2015 – […]

20 Aug


Accounting for change: audits and annual accounts

August 20, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full report: Accounting for change Accounting for change: audits and annual accounts This article looks at the accounts that companies need to keep. The threshold for compulsory filing of audited financial statements rose on 6 April 2015 to those businesses with a turnover of £10.2 million or more for periods commencing from 1 January 2016. This is part of a new European Commission directive which allows […]

04 Aug


August 2015 Newsletter

August 4, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full newsletter: August Newsletter Government publishes productivity strategy A plan to improve the productivity of UK businesses has been published by the Treasury. The policy document identifies 2 key areas to stimulating productivity in the UK: long-term investment and a dynamic economy. Among the measures included in the strategy are: the government aims to increase business investment by lowering personal and business taxes, and providing more generous […]

24 Jul


Alternative Finance

July 24, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full report: Alternative Finance Financing your business: What are the alternatives? A guide to alternative business finance Setting up a business and funding it while it takes its first, unsteady steps in the world can be an expensive proposition. As it grows and becomes more resilient, a successful company will begin to be able to stand tall on its own 2 feet, but the initial infancy […]

09 Jul


Summer Budget 2015

July 9, 2015 | By |

Click here for the full newsletter: Budget 2015 INTRODUCTION No one quite knew what to expect in the irst budget by a majority Conservative government for almost 20 years. In his seventh Budget Statement as chancellor, George Osborne promised a ‘big budget for a country with big ambitions’. As predicted there were details on how the government will fulil its pre-election goals of reducing welfare spending by £12 billion and […]