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Claiming R&D tax credits Innovation is key to the government’s strategic plan and the rewards to SME’s who are innovating…

To encourage innovation, the government rewards UK businesses for investing in the development of new products, processes and even enhancing…

The amounts that you and your staff pay into your auto-enrolment pension scheme will, by law, increase from 6 April…

Tax on distant selling You don’t need me to tell you that selling via the internet or distance selling has…

Alcohol Tax After the first article you might be in need a stiff drink or two, so let’s end on…

Research and development tax credits Innovation is the lifeblood of industry.  For that reason, HMRC offers you generous tax relief…

Tax on dividends Before April 2016 you could earn £42,000 of income from your company tax free by using a…

Now is a great time to get ahead with cloud accounting and Xero in particular. Xero is easy to use,…

Financial Accounts with Xero One of the great things about Xero is how it saves you time by taking care…

Building on last years performance at the UK Corporate Games, the team at Mitten Clarke not only finished a respectable…

There is widespread agreement that Making Tax Digital for businesses is the right approach for the future.  However a number of…

With ever changing tax legislation, it’s a good idea to get up to speed on the most common income tax…

Private education tax If you have children already in private school education, or are planning to in the future, you…

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

September 05, 2017 | No Comments

Great to catch up with the boys today and to hand over our fund raising cheque of £1,500 for Douglas…

To encourage innovation, the government rewards UK businesses for investing in the development of new products, processes, services and even…

Research and Development Tax Relief Review your eligibility for R&D tax relief with our free, exploratory drop in day. Register…

Setting up a group In business we face risks every day and thankfully we can protect ourselves from most. That…

Selling your home Capital gains tax is not normally payable on gains you make on your only or main home,…

Pensions and tax can be two of the most problematic subjects for your lifetime planning.  Pension planning is a frequently…

Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable at 40% on all estates that are worth more than £325,000.  However with effective will…

Now is a great time to get ahead with cloud accounting and Xero in particular. Xero is easy to use,…

Why does it take so much time and effort to get your own hard earned money into the bank? Using…

Our certified team of Xero accountants in Stoke-on-Trent are helping clients from across Staffordshire move to the cloud. Why does…

As accountants in Stoke-on-Trent we help our clients to protect their valuable assets. In business we face risks every day…

HM Revenue and Customs used to issue an employee’s coding notice annually at the start of a new tax year….

Following on from last month’s article, VAT is one of the taxes you need to consider when purchasing a commercial…

From April 2017, landlords have had to digest the impact of George Osborne’s landlord tax changes.  It’s a hot topic…

Cutting prices

June 06, 2017 | No Comments

As accountants in Stoke-on-Trent, we aim to help our client’s businesses to grow.   When clients are looking to grow…

If you are thinking of investing in commercial property, there are several tax implications that you need to consider: Stamp…

2017 will see some major changes in employment law that will impact many businesses. Apprenticeship levy The apprenticeship levy took…

For many businesses, retaining their top performing and most talented employees is imperative. Specific skills and company knowledge can be…

The government has dropped it’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) plans from the finance bill as a result of the snap…

With Making Tax Digital on the horizon, now is a great time to get ahead with cloud accounting and Xero…

Philip Hammond has abandoned plans to raise national insurance for self-employed workers in this Parliament, after admitting that it breached…

A new residence nil rate band (“RNRB”) will be introduced from 6 April 2017 for UK inheritance tax purposes. The…

Prior to April 2016, the P11D was for employers to report all expenses and benefits provided to employees, regardless of…

From 28 April 2017 you’ll have a choice of two systems to fund your childcare. Current system An employer may…

Trainee Accountant

April 04, 2017 | No Comments

If you’re ready for a fresh start in a great working environment, then Mitten Clarke could be the place for you!  We’re…

This week the sentinel met with one of our Directors, Michael Burgess at our Mitten Clarke offices. There were a…

Yesterday Philip Hammond delivered the last Spring Budget as we know it, in what was quite a jovial and relaxed…

On 31 January 2017 HMRC announced a number of changes which will take place from 6 April 2017, one year…

HMRC has now published their response to the latest round of Making Tax digital (MTD) consultations. This is what we…

If you are a consultant providing services in the public sector you will need to be aware of the changes…

Tax on dividends

March 03, 2017 | No Comments

Despite the withdrawal of the dividend tax credit, a small salary and higher dividends often remains the most tax efficient…

As many of you are aware, Philip Hammond will deliver the Spring Budget next Wednesday. Just in case you missed…

Mitten Clarke’s Adrian Veale has presented 13 laptops to the Light for All centre in Kinama, one of the poorest…

As Xero accountants in Stoke on Trent, we’re constantly innovating and providing our clients with a range of solutions to benefit…

According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, during Christmas, a family spending £171.66 on stocking their drinks cabinet will…

Making Tax Digital

February 03, 2017 | 2 Comments

There will be a fundamental change to the way the tax system works – transforming tax administration so it is…

Broadly speaking, the new scheme which is expected to be introduced early this year, will help working parents with the…

Xero platinum partner

January 26, 2017 | No Comments

Over the course of 2016, we experienced a phenomenal increase in clients choosing to move over to Xero and for…

Each year HMRC receive a variety of unusual excuses from self-assessment customers who haven’t completed their tax return on time….

Annual exemptions

January 11, 2017 | No Comments

Don’t forget that you can make £11,100 in capital gains each tax year without paying any capital gains tax.  If…

The recent devaluation of the pound isn’t all bad news if you own foreign assets that you purchased when the…

Tax planning plays a very important part at the outset of any acquisition, as does the timing and structure of…

The Autumn Statement lasted for just over 1 hour and whilst I was glued to the computer screen watching every…

Let me entertain you

December 01, 2016 | No Comments

As an employer, there are certain reporting obligations for staff entertainment. For your Christmas party, you do not need to…

The flat rate scheme (FRS) is adopted by numerous small businesses to simplify their VAT reporting. Effectively as of April…

2016 Autumn Statement

November 24, 2016 | No Comments

All eyes were on Philip Hammond as he delivered his first Autumn Statement to Parliament yesterday. To view the 2016…

HMRC is currently consulting on changes to the tax and NIC treatment of termination payments made to employees.  In their…

Share option schemes

November 01, 2016 | No Comments

Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share options are intended to help companies retain valued employees and to reward the employees for…

When it comes to company cars, fuel can be a complicated business.  Whilst paying the company car benefit charge, tax…

Giles Hembrough, from Bristol, was sent the notice for a 16 digit sum after his tax code changed. The notice…

As part of the government’s vision to modernise the tax system, tax returns will be replaced by digital accounts. One…

Capital gains tax is not normally payable on gains you make on your only or main home, as these will…

What could you claim?

October 07, 2016 | No Comments

Research and Development tax relief is a key part of the Government’s plan to stimulate investment in research and development….

Local company Glass Installations, based in Fenton, have won two awards for Best Mirror Installation Company and Most Innovative Gym…

After receiving a Regional Growth Fund Grant, Moores Metals are investing £750,000 into their Longport, Burslem site.  Mitten Clarke have supported…

Team MC Dragons unleashed their competitive side at the European Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat racing at Trentham Gardens on…

Stoke on Trent City Council have announced a new Grant Funding Scheme to support SME’s based within Stoke on Trent…

Though not really a UK tax issue, are the US Olympians ready for the hefty tax bill when they return…

HMRC has launched an attack on work perks which are currently being offered to millions of staff across the UK….

Setting up a trust has long been seen as the preserve of the wealthy and criticised as a way for…

The government is bringing the digital revolution to Whitehall. All services that it currently provides will be transformed and the…

One of the more notable appointments to Theresa May’s office was that of Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor Of The…

The Finance Bill contains a new inheritance tax break, which will be a welcome relief to most (unless you are…

There are changes to the tax rules for residential property that could impact upon landlords considerably. From April next year,…

Most business owners will wonder “Are we eligible for R&D tax credits and reliefs?” The answer is often yes. First…

From April 2016, landlords across the UK are eligible for a new tax deduction when domestic items are purchased for…

R&D Tax Credits

July 04, 2016 | No Comments

Innovation is the lifeblood of industry. For that reason, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offers you generous tax relief to…

Following the leave victory on Friday 24 June and David Cameron’s decision to resign, it is anticipated that over the…

As promised, here’s our review of the state of play as it stands today.  What a week! EU Referendum Summary…

We’re OUT!

June 24, 2016 | No Comments

In a historic referendum, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The result of the vote has already triggered…

If you run a one man company you may already know that you can no longer claim the employment allowance….

From 6 April 2016 onwards, the old system has been simplified meaning that qualifying business expenses, which you pay out…

tax refund scams

June 01, 2016 | No Comments

We are, once again, seeing e-mails that are supposedly sent from HMRC advising you that you’re due a tax refund. …

Depending on when you read this article, there’s a month – or less – to go until the UK votes…

accounts team

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

If you’re ready for a fresh start in a great working environment, then Mitten Clarke could be the place for you!  We’re…

You may already think that the costs of business entertainment are not tax deductible.  But did you know there are…

A couple of years ago, HMRC were looking to withdraw the childcare voucher scheme which many employers offer and planned…

The car fuel benefit charge is usually an expensive way of providing your employees with fuel for private use.  More…

Congratulations to all companies featured here: http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire-britain/2016-report – definitely some great ones to inspire us!  In particular, a massive shout…

Following changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for non-residential property purchases announced in the Budget this year, further…

You’ll no doubt have heard in the news that the new national living wage came into force on 1/4/16.  This…

In a recent survey conducted by the ICAEW, a nationally representative sample of 500 UK businesses were asked how they…

The Budget 2016

March 17, 2016 | No Comments

The Chancellor delivered his Budget to Parliament yesterday and there were lots of tweaks around the edges of the tax…

There have recently been a number of articles in the press about the reduction in pension contributions that high earners…

Xerocon 2016

February 09, 2016 | No Comments

Five of our team have gone down to London for Xerocon 2016. The two day conference covers an array of…

The long-running campaign for a compulsory national living wage (NLW) comes to fruition on 1 April 2016.  From that date…

From April 2016 companies with only one director and no employees will no longer be able to claim the national…

As you probably already know, the way dividends are taxed is changing from 6 April 2016.  These changes were made…

Are you ready for the major changes to the tax rules covering business expenses which come into force on 6…

In his Autumn Statement last year the Chancellor again announced extra taxes for anyone with buy-to-let property.  Corporate landlords didn’t…

Autumn Statement 2015

November 26, 2015 | No Comments

Yesterday the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to Parliament.  If you’d like to know details of the announcements and…

I’m sure we all have days when we feel like fraud is everywhere. We read about banking fraud, supplier fraud,…

Lost tax and NICs, due to people not complying with the intermediaries legislation (IR35), amounts to around £420m a year…

VAT flat rate scheme

November 04, 2015 | No Comments

If your business has a turnover of less than £150,000 a year it may be worth considering switching to the…

HMRC have decided to scrap their business records checks (BRCs) with immediate effect, because they weren’t achieving the desired result. …

Due to the general election, the new tax and NI exemption for low value employee ‘benefits in kind’ had to…

capital expenditure

October 01, 2015 | No Comments

Many businesses have been making use of the current annual investment allowance for capital expenditure. This allowance allows a business…

We currently have a vacancy for an office administrator / receptionist, so if you’d like to join our team please click…

Xero are making their customers aware of the increasing number of phishing scams targeting customers of banks and other large…

We all want to try and give our children the best possible start in life, but with so many options…

overseas travel

September 08, 2015 | No Comments

As business in the UK is becoming more international and business trips more common, it’s important to consider whether you…

We’ve recently become Gold Partners with Xero, which is easy to use, cloud-based accounting software that links to most popular…

You may be eligible for a new government scheme that’ll cover 20% of your childcare costs (up to £2,000 per…

Launching in autumn 2015, the help-to-buy ISA is a tax-free way for first-time home buyers to save for their deposit…

It’s good news for businesses, as the government’s Summer Budget revealed plans for an increase in the employment allowance from…

With just over a month to go, Mandy’s almost ready for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. As busy as…

Well, after much excitement and speculation, the Chancellor finally delivered his second budget of 2015 to Parliament yesterday; the second…

Are you well organised receptionist/secretary, or do you know someone who is? If so, we have a great position available!…

RTI penalties

July 02, 2015 | No Comments

You’re probably very used to the RTI payroll changes by now, but if you’re ever late sending in your information…

Do you think you may have paid the wrong amount of tax on your earnings or pension in 2014/15? Around…

Motorbikes are a fast, efficient and, let’s face it, pretty cool way of getting around. So what could be better…

We currently have a vacancy for a graduate Market Research and Media Assistant, so if you’d like to join our…

Twelve news jobs have been created at Danco Construction Services as a result of growth plans for the business being…

As you may already know, Mandy Mitten is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race later this…

Taking your spouse or partner with you on business trips can be a great way to help with your work/life…

Summer’s on its way, so why not dust off your bike and commute to work? We’ve become a nation of…

staff clothes

June 04, 2015 | No Comments

Providing work wear to your team can really help them look and feel more professional.  And good quality, branded uniforms…

We’re delighted to have won this year’s ICAEW West Midlands Firm of the Year Award 2015.  It’s a huge honour…

If you’re currently using either Sage 2012 or 2013 Accounts, then you may have already received a letter explaining their…

“If you need more finance to grow your business, there are a number of options which you might wish to…

If you’ve had a letter from The Pension Regulator (TPR) instructing you to “ACT NOW” to prepare for auto-enrolment, you…

You have until 6 July 2015 to get your P11D and P9D forms in to HMRC for 2014/15. They’ll need…

Travelling and subsistence expenditure incurred by or on behalf of employees gives rise to many problems. The main areas to…

The end of the tax year is upon us, and you may be aware of the regulatory changes to the…

marriage allowance

April 01, 2015 | No Comments

If you’re married or in a civil partnership and one of you has some unused personal allowance, you’ll be able…

birthday surprise

April 01, 2015 | No Comments

With the national minimum wage (NMW) and new class 1 employers NIC changes both being age dependant it’s important to…

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been short-listed for ICAEW’s West Midlands Chartered Accountant of the Year Award in the…

Budget 2015

March 20, 2015 | No Comments

On Wednesday Chancellor George Osborne delivered his last budget speech to parliament before May’s general election. To help explain the…

If you’re looking to change your accounts software, now couldn’t be a better time to make the switch. Throughout March,…

We’re thrilled to have secured £81,700 in Regional Growth Funding for a local engineering business, which has safeguarded 14 jobs,…

If you or your spouse/partner claims child benefit and at least one of you has adjusted net income of £50,000…

Owning a company means you can decide how much to pay yourself in salary, pension contributions, and what proportion of…

company cars

March 02, 2015 | No Comments

Do you use a company car for personal journeys? Due to the tax charges that will take effect over the…

Last year we updated you on what we’d learnt about auto-enrolment.  It would seem that The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has…

In the UK alone, there are over two million small, family run businesses which are arguably the lifeblood of our…

finishing 2014/15

February 02, 2015 | No Comments

The end of the tax year isn’t far away, and for many companies that also means their year-end is coming…

When real time information (RTI) was introduced it was intended to make PAYE reporting a lot easier for employers. However,…

holiday pay

February 02, 2015 | No Comments

In recent months media coverage has brought to employer’s attention the possibility of having to pay large amounts of back-dated…

Last week saw the release of further updates to the Xero software, and here are just a couple of the…

We’re thrilled that our managing director, Mandy Mitten, has been asked to speak at Finest’s upcoming business event which focuses…

VAT-MOSS new guidance

January 06, 2015 | No Comments

To follow on from previous articles, last week saw a change in UK VAT law. The UK now has an…

If a child is born (or adopted) on or after 5 April 2015, the parents will be entitled to share…

Incorporating a business is where your trade is transferred to a company. This means there are changes in tax obligations…

Christmas opening times

December 17, 2014 | No Comments

As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for working with us…

This year we decided to have a Christmas drinks reception at our office, so that clients and friends of the…

Autumn Statement 2014

December 08, 2014 | No Comments

Last week the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to Parliament.  If you’d like to  know the details of…

For properties let as ‘fully furnished’ you can claim 10% of the net rents as a ‘wear and tear’ allowance….

When letting residential property, it’s important to know if you will qualify for tax deductions when repairing or replacing furniture…

R&D deductions

December 03, 2014 | No Comments

Limited companies can claim tax deductions on some of the costs incurred through research and development (R&D) projects, providing that…

You are taxed on the profit your business makes after deducting the costs it incurs. Some costs, such as business…

Our final effort to raise funds for Peter Pan Nursery takes place on Saturday 15 November 2014, where we’ll be…

  Two of our guys, Tom Bostock and Dan Cooper, are involved in futurefinest’s take on ‘The Apprentice’ in a…

Not to be confused with somewhere you might pop in to buy a pint of milk, MOSS is short-hand for…

taskforce at large

November 06, 2014 | No Comments

HMRC has tax investigation teams that are solely focused on collecting any unpaid tax from specific business sectors, or as…

pensions death tax

November 06, 2014 | No Comments

Under current regulations, if you pass away before you start drawing from your pension, the value of your fund shouldn’t…

It’s no surprise that HMRC seems to be collecting every last penny in tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) from…

We’re delighted to have been asked to judge at ICAEW’s Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) competition. The contest is…

Whether you’re considering moving your system to Xero, or already using it, we thought you might be interested to hear…

In the last three months, we’ve helped our clients secure a further £350,000 in Regional Growth Grants, now making our…

Later in life you get to a stage where you’ll want to retire. This might involve selling your business and…

It’s nearly two years since the big pension shake up and the introduction of auto-enrolment.  So what have we learnt…

understanding the CIS

September 30, 2014 | No Comments

In the construction industry it’s essential for contractors to deduct the right amount of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) tax when…

When selling services to businesses in other countries, UK VAT generally isn’t applicable. VAT isn’t charged on your invoice, but…

Scottish taxes

September 30, 2014 | No Comments

Scotland has spoken and the majority of people decided they wanted the country to stay in the UK. However, this…

We currently have an office administrator vacancy, so if you’d like to join our team please click here for more…

Due to the nature of Sage, we rarely get the same query twice.  However, we do on occasion get asked…

We’re always keen to support our local community so we’ve recently provided the Stone Dominoes FC Under 15’s team with…

As you may be aware, the next minimum wage increase is looming and from 1 October 2014 it is set…

Finest represents some of the most dynamic professional firms in North Staffordshire and has been running for eleven years now….

On 18 September, Horizon 2020 is hosting a networking breakfast for local SMEs.  The event is mainly to highlight Horizon’s…

As of 6 October, HMRC will distribute penalties automatically for a late RTI ‘full payment submission’ (FPS), or if you…

redress payments

August 29, 2014 | No Comments

Does your business have an interest rate hedging product (IRHP) from the bank?  A number of banks have mis-sold IRHPs…

travel question

August 29, 2014 | No Comments

If you contract through your own personal service company (PSC), you are considered as an employee.  As a result, you…

We’re bombarded daily by obvious external fraudsters claiming to be our bank or HMRC offering to give us refunds and…

Ice Bucket Challenge

August 27, 2014 | No Comments

As everyone will probably know by now, the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral. If it’s escaped you, then let’s…

Mandy was recently invited to ICAEW’s Birmingham roundtable event, and was asked to discuss the future of the accountancy profession…

Xero have updated their software with some new features that we think may be of interest to you.  You can…

The new Sage software has been updated with improvements for both clients and accountants, and here’s a list of the…

Many of the budget changes have now been passed as law, and one of the most far reaching relates to…

An employee who’s on maternity leave may be entitled to statutory maternity pay (SMP), depending on her earnings and length…

HMRC have now issued a list of tax scheme references and will soon be issuing demands for payment.  There will…

As returning sponsors for the 2014 ‘Recognising our finest’ awards, we’ll be presenting the award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional…

Perhaps you couldn’t sell your home during the financial crisis and decided to let it out instead.  Alternatively, you may…

Congratulations to the team who completed The Three Peaks Challenge over the weekend, with thirty minutes to spare!  Together, £2,363…

We were delighted to be able to sponsor The National Enterprise Challenge finals which were held this week at Trentham…

Both Mandy Mitten and Scott Heath are now approved coaches under the Growth Accelerator Programme. This programme gives businesses subsidised…

Over the last year or so, we have written about RTI a number of times, and HMRC are still having…

HMRC have recently sent out letters to people whose overall tax rate is lower than average, compared to others with…

If you sell digital services online, such as e-books, apps, music or software downloads, the way you account for your…

We’ve recently acted as lead advisors in the recent acquisition of Seafield’s Winsford warehousing operation on behalf of Buxton based,…

The National Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition based on real life business challenges focusing on teamwork, communication, leadership and…

Recently a potential client asked us to review some changes they were planning to their business and to handle the…

Never before has calculating income tax been so challenging. There are now 6 changes to tax rates on incomes up…

Many businesses get bigger over time, either organically or by acquisition, but the owners can be so busy growing the…

A long established family business was looking to relocate and needed to develop an 8 acre site in Shropshire.  We…

The amount you pay your accountant is a significant amount, so here are a few tips and ideas to help…

If you’re a small business recruiting new staff, take a look at this business grant from BIC – a helping…

Winning new customers is great – it’s the lifeblood of business, but you need to do your homework on them…

HMRC are looking into sharing your tax information with private firms and what’s more, charging for this – take a…

Many business owners borrow money from their company rather than pay themselves a dividend or salary. There are potential taxes…

At the moment if you own more than one home you can tell HMRC which property is your tax-exempt main…

We just want to remind you about claiming a £2,000 rebate against your employers national insurance. You will need to…

I’ve been asked to attend a meeting with Lord Heseltine in May to discuss local business priorities for our clients,…

Innovation is the life blood of industry, so HMRC offers generous tax relief to companies for investing in research and…

We started working with a company recently and noticed that they hadn’t made an R&D claim for some eligible costs. …

A new Regional Growth Fund grant initiative is great news for Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire businesses.  If you’re running…

Royal Mail prices have risen again this week, with first class stamps now costing 62p each and second class 53p….

We now have our own app to help you on the move, so when you have a moment simply download…

we’re on a roll!

March 31, 2014 | No Comments

We are absolutely thrilled to win the prestigious Employer of the Year Award at the East Cheshire Chamber Business Awards,…

The government are clearly trying to encourage everyone to invest, whether that be in new or expanding businesses or in…

We’re thrilled to let you know that Michael Burgess will be appointed Tax Director on 31 March 2014, and we’re…

This afternoon we’ll be at Newcastle Under Lyme College at their employment fayre along with other local employers.  We’ll be…

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are seeking to introduce wide ranging powers to deal with tax avoidance.  “Firstly, we’d like…

Peter Pan Nursery is a unique charity for pre-school children with special needs.  It develops and maximises the potential of…

A huge thank you to the many local businesses who’ve been so generous and donated prizes for our charity meal…

Do you have a loan from your company? Great news, the HMRC official rate of interest is falling from 6…

more exam success

February 05, 2014 | No Comments

Another congratulations to Darrien Lowe who passed her ACA Financial Accounting and Reporting exam – well done Darrien!  

exam success

February 05, 2014 | No Comments

A big congratulations to Kara who recently passed her ACA Business Strategy exam. Half way there Kara – well done!…

Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable at 40% on the net value of the assets you own when you die, plus…

VAT penalties

February 04, 2014 | No Comments

If you pay your VAT late to HM Revenue and Customs, even one day late, your card will be marked…

non-resident landlords

February 03, 2014 | No Comments

If you leave the UK and let your property here, your letting agent (or the tenant where there is no…

Your main home is exempt from capital gains tax when you sell it, as long as you bought the property…

Well another successful self-assessment year is under our belt, with no weekend work and no late nights!  We’ve had a…

If your business supplies some goods or services which carry VAT, and other items which are exempt from VAT (such…

disguised employment

January 03, 2014 | No Comments

The government is cracking down on situations in which workers are treated as self-employed for tax purposes, and hence pay…

There are a number of capital allowance claims firms targeting businesses which have recently bought or sold commercial property. These…

new RTI relief

January 03, 2014 | No Comments

Have you been struggling to send full payment summary (FPS) reports under RTI to HM Revenue and Customs on or…

VAT due payment date

December 17, 2013 | No Comments

When must your VAT payment reach HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)?  The correct answer is seven days after the end…

EFRBS settlement

December 17, 2013 | No Comments

If you have used an ‘EFRBS’ (employer finance retirement benefit scheme) since 2006, you should shortly expect to receive a…

Yesterday the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to Parliament.  If you’d like to click the link below you’ll…

loans to reduce IHT

December 04, 2013 | No Comments

Have you used a loan to reduce the inheritance tax (IHT) which may be due when you die? A common…

This tax year (2013/14) is the first year in which the majority of employers have submitted their PAYE data using…

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your corporation tax bill in half? If you have a patentable product…

The prestigious British Accountancy Awards were held last night at The Tower of London. We attended as we were short…

new RTI messages

November 12, 2013 | No Comments

Real time information (RTI) is all about one-way communications with HMRC.  Your payroll software sends reports (called FPS or EPS)…

When you export goods to a country outside the EU the goods are ‘zero-rated’ for VAT purposes, which means you…

When you sell a business, you may receive some of the money up front, and then 1 or more payments later, if…

using the SEIS

November 11, 2013 | No Comments

The seed enterprise investment scheme (SEIS) is designed to help small companies raise modest amounts of funding (up to £150,000)….

When purchasing or selling a commercial property one of the first things to establish is whether VAT will be applied…

Together we raised a tremendous £1,600 for Douglas Macmillan and a great afternoon was had by all. The 2014 tournament is…

Have you taken part in a contractor loan scheme?  This is a tax saving scheme which was widely sold to…

Whilst most of the services of VAT registered plumbers and gas engineers in buildings (other than new dwellings) are subject…

If you have a child aged 16, check whether you are still receiving all the child benefit and child tax…

The Government has introduced a new share scheme from 1 September 2013 which allows you, as an employer, to give…

Today we’re jointly hosting, together with Sellick Partnership, a charity 5-a-side football tournament in aid of the Douglas Macmillian. We’re…

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don’t get caught out…

September 05, 2013 | No Comments

We’d like to make you aware of an email message claiming to be from Companies House, which suggests a company…

VAT on storage change

September 02, 2013 | No Comments

The law on whether VAT must be charged on storage facilities changed from 1 October 2012. Before that date if…

Any business owner whose property includes a road, driveway, or parking area, will have to repair those surfaces at some…

new ATED charge

September 02, 2013 | No Comments

The annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) came into effect on 1 April 2013. This new tax applies to residential…

VAT Mistakes

August 01, 2013 | No Comments

If your company makes a deliberate VAT mistake, which results in less VAT being paid over to HMRC than is…

Have you taken on casual workers this summer? Perhaps you’re paying piece-rates for the amount of produce picked or packed…

self-billing change

August 01, 2013 | No Comments

The procedure of ‘self-billing’ is frequently used in the publishing and construction sectors, where a large business customer engages lots…

The Taxman has launched a campaign to persuade tardy taxpayers to submit their over-due tax returns for 2011/12 or earlier…

Here’s an update on Adrian’s trip to Rwanda this year, where he’s doing amazing work helping business start-ups get off…

Last year, together with the Sellick Partnership we hosted a Charity 5-A-Side Football Tournament in aid of the Douglas Macmillan…

The temporary relaxation of the RTI reporting requirements for small employers has been extended to 5 April 2014. It was…

Did you know there is a tax relief for companies which invent anything?  The process of inventing and solving the…

Here’s the latest funding information from BIC Staffordshire. Is your business within any of the following sectors? Information, Communication &…

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Before we get down to business I’m sure you’d like to join me in congratulating our team who took part…

Welcome to this month’s newsletter. We’re a month into RTI and there have been a few teething problems… we are…

H M Revenue & Customs has produced a tax guide for Dentists. Click here to view the guide As always,…

We thought you may be interested in advanced notice of the latest Regional Growth Fund grant, which is in the…

Who would have thought we’d have a white Easter?  The coldest Easter Sunday on record according to the Met Office, but…

Yesterday the Chancellor presented his budget for 2013, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in…

From 6 April 2013 you’ll not be able to use the software as it’s not being updated for RTI submissions….

Where’s the time gone?  March’s tax & payroll newsletter is here already, designed to bring you tax tips and news…

Just to let you know that Version 2009 of Sage Accounts is coming to the end of its life on…

Welcome to February’s tax & payroll newsletter designed to bring you tax tips and news to keep you one step…

Following the release of the Finance Bill 2013, it seems that the relaxation of the ER rules for EMI options…

Autumn Statement

December 06, 2012 | No Comments

Yesterday the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to Parliament.  If you’d like to click the link you’ll find…

VAT Registration Advice

November 26, 2012 | No Comments

It’s one number (£77,000 from 1 April 2012), so why is so easy to get it wrong? We are talking…

Planning for RTI

November 26, 2012 | No Comments

If you are an employer you should have received information from the Taxman about operating PAYE under Real Time Information…

Some people regularly purchase run-down houses, do them up and sell them on. If you do this as part of…

You may have received a letter from the Taxman about the high income child benefit charge (HICBC), which is designed…

Calendar Girls

November 15, 2012 | No Comments

Following the great success of Calendar Girls at the Daneside Theatre, here’s a letter of thanks from the Congleton Players…

We wanted to let you know about a forthcoming event which may be of interest to you, organised by the…

Every little helps! We’ve raised £80 today for the Dougie Mac with our “Own Clothes Day”. Have a great weekend!

If you want to start exporting but don’t know where to start, this is a great event for you! http://www.nscci.co.uk/files/pages/1336.pdf

Our very own Karen Wood stars this week in Calendar Girls. Some of us went to see her last night…

We’re delighted to let you know that Adele Cork has qualified and is now a Chartered Accountant. Congratulations Adele!

We’re delighted to let you know that our 5 a side tournament raised £1,300 for the Douglas MacMillan Hospice on…