Autumn Budget 2017

Today marked the first November Budget since 1996.  Back then, Ken Clarke cut a penny off the basic rate of income tax,…

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Consider ten year tax spreading when accounting treatment changes

The issue For periods commencing on or after 1 January 2015 UK medium and large companies were not permitted to prepare…

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Watch out for long warranty periods in deals!

The issue Nearly all business sales will include warranties. A warranty broadly means that a seller states that something is or…

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Capital allowances on websites

The issue Website costs can be significant and are often capitalised in a company’s accounts. Traditionally HMRC has viewed such capital…

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Deathbed tax planning from HMRC!

GAAR HMRC’s guidance on the tax general anti-abuse rules (‘GAAR’) makes interesting reading because they kindly set out certain juicy bits…

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Bank customer reward…not as rewarding as you may think!

Many of you will have a current account that rewards you with a monthly payment for paying in a certain amount…

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The New Trust and Estate Register – a further untimely headache for professional advisers

Previously when new trusts were created they only had to be registered with HMRC if they had a UK tax reporting…

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An Entrepreneurs’ Relief muddle … resolved

Conflicting tax cases In May we highlighted two Tribunal decisions which looked into the issue of whether certain types of share…

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Credit card charges for tax payments to be scrapped?

The issue Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young has called for HMRC to scrap credit card fees on taxpayers’ bills. The treasury…

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What a relief for investors!

Announced in last year’s Budget, Investors’ Relief (‘IR’) is a new relief available to shareholders who sell shares of unlisted companies….

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