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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS TO SAVE TAX At this time of year we think about New Year’s resolutions. It is also a good time to start planning your tax affairs before the end of the tax year on 5th April. An obvious tax planning point would be to maximise your ISA allowances for the 2017/18 tax […]

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Anger is a natural emotion and can happen anywhere, whether it’s on the street, at home or at work. However, it is an essential task to diffuse anger in order to avoid any irreparable damage that may occur in the workplace. This anger could be directed towards other employees, or an employee could be angry […]

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Scottish Budget 2017 Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivered the 2018/19 Scottish Draft Budget on Thursday 14 December 2017 setting out the Scottish Government’s financial and tax plans. The announcement had been timed to take place after Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK Budget on 22 November 2017 in order to avoid ‘fiscal […]

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“BUILDING A BRITAIN FIT FOR THE FUTURE” This was the main theme of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s second budget as he committed to spending more on infrastructure projects and stimulating the housing market. He had to put on a good performance to keep his job after criticism following the Spring Budget. His jokes were better […]

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So, an accountant and a bookkeeper are basically the same thing, right? Wrong. However, if you thought this was the case, don’t be sitting there red-faced. The two professions are often confused as being the same thing due to them sharing some similarities. Despite these similarities though, there are also many differences. Bookkeepers and accountants […]

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The Autumn Budget removes the charge to SDLT for transactions completed on or after 22nd November 2017 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland buyers on the purchase of a first property, if the purchase price is £300,000 or less. If the purchase price is between £300,000 and £500,000 the first time buyer will pay 5% […]

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There is not much difference between the two.  Many companies that go into liquidation are insolvent, apart from those companies placed into Members’ Voluntary Liquidation.  To understand the differences between the two, we should first look at the definition of insolvency: ‘insolvency is the situation where an entity cannot raise enough cash to meet its […]

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The cloud is transforming the way business works, but you might still be wary to try this innovating new system. Here are three symptoms that can help you self-diagnose whether it’s time to take the plunge and move on. Listen up business leaders. Have you ever thought that the multiple apps and products that you […]

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CHANGES TO PENSION TAX RELIEF IN THE BUDGET? There is again speculation about further restrictions to tax relief on pensions in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget. With the Chancellor looking to increase tax revenues without increasing tax rates, a raid on pension savings is an easy target as the cost of pension tax relief is estimated […]

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Some would rather stick with what they know, or whom they know, when it comes to accountants.  They may feel a sense of loyalty, or obligation to stay put, even if it’s not the best deal for them. When investigating reasons behind people staying with their first choice of accountant, the same justifications come up. There are four common reasons people […]

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