Yearly Archives: 2019

RBS Switching Scheme: Are you affected?

March 25th, 2019

Back in December, the Banking Competition Remedies Ltd (BCR) named 11 banks to participate in the Business Banking Switch, or Incentivised Switching Scheme. The scheme is designed to tempt business customers away from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest by providing offers that are better than those normally on the market. Following the […]

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GUEST ARTICLE: Should there be a ‘right to disconnect’ for UK employees?

March 19th, 2019

Just over 70 years ago, the world’s first computer was built in Manchester. Today, computer technology is everywhere, enabling employees to ‘always be on call’ through remote devices. So can you just switch everything off? Well, the ‘right to disconnect’ from the office was recently tested in two cases which decided that employees have a […]

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Spring Statement: Our key takeaways

March 15th, 2019

This year’s Spring Statement was not the time for ground-breaking tax or spending announcements. Since the abolition of the annual Spring Budget, the major fiscal event is now reserved for the autumn, and with the Government caught in the midst of Brexit turmoil, no doubt the Chancellor was prepared for an especially low-key event when […]

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How to prepare for a successful audit

March 13th, 2019

Audits can be a stressful experience, with the ‘A’ word known to send a shiver down the spine of even the most experienced business owner. But, as with most things, preparation is key, so here are our top tips to a smooth and seamless audit. ­ Check your threshold It is worth mentioning that not […]

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Tax planning considerations for 2018/19 tax year

March 4th, 2019

As we near the end of the 2018/19 tax year, now is the time to review your finances to ensure they’re structured as efficiently as possible. Here are a few reminders to help you maximise your finances through efficient tax planning. First of all, review your current business structure. Circumstances change and your current structure […]

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Government Grants and R&D Tax Relief

February 28th, 2019

As companies continue to identify new funding streams, they rarely stop to think about how it might affect their existing funding streams, i.e. their annual Research & Development (R&D) tax credit claim. Grant funding can be used alongside R&D relief, but the rules are complex, and it can be tricky to navigate for business owners. […]

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Champion retains Platinum ACCA accreditation

February 27th, 2019

Leading SME advisors, Champion Accountants, has retained its Platinum Learning Partner Status from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), demonstrating its continued commitment to staff training and development. The ACCA’s Approved Employer Programme recognises employers with outstanding training programmes and those providing the highest level of support to their trainees in order to achieve […]

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April’s auto-enrolment increase

February 26th, 2019

From 6th April 2019, the total minimum contribution for auto-enrolment is increasing to 8%. Employers will need to make sure that they contribute at least 3% of qualifying earnings (up from 2%), with employees paying in the remaining 5% (previously 3%). As an employer, it is your legal obligation to ensure that this 8% contribution […]

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The countdown is on to Making Tax Digital

January 28th, 2019

There is less than three months to go until Making Tax Digital transforms the UK tax system. If the new rules apply to you, it is essential that you prepare your business now to avoid a penalty from HMRC. Over the last six months, we’ve been working hard to help clients across our offices, assisting […]

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R&D myth busting – It’s not just for those in lab coats

January 15th, 2019

Although Government statistics have shown a marked increase in the uptake of its Research and Development Tax Relief Scheme, there remains certain misconceptions around who is eligible to apply for R&D. Introduced in 2000, R&D tax credits aim to encourage investment in innovation, allowing businesses to claim tax relief on eligible activities. The scheme means […]

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