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Budget 2012

March 21st, 2012

Following George Osborne’s Budget announcement, Group Tax Director GILL MOLLOY gives an overview of the key points…. Recent Economic Developments and Prospects Three key challenges have been recognised as affecting the UK economy; The euro area crisis that has created increasing instability and uncertainty undermining confidence Higher inflation associated with the 40% rise in the […]


New VAT Return Rules

March 15th, 2012

From April 2012, all VAT registered businesses that are not already registered online will be legally required to submit returns online and pay VAT electronically. All newly registered and existing businesses with a turnover of more than £100,000 have been legally required to submit their VAT Returns online and pay electronically since April 2010. Now, […]


Selling Your Business Seminar – Preston

February 29th, 2012

Thursday 29th March Preston Marriott Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton PR 35JB 8.00am – 9.45am Itinerary Arrival, Networking and Breakfast 8.00am – 8.20am Presentation 8.20am – 9.20am Networking and Refreshments 9.20am to 9.45am You Only Sell Your Business Once…Don’t Leave it to Chance! As every entrepreneur knows, having a clear strategy is essential when launching a business. […]


Business Record Checks Update

February 24th, 2012

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has reviewed its Business Record Checks programme and plans to make changes to its approach as a result. Starting in April last year, HMRC undertook a pilot programme of BRC’s which reviewed the adequacy and accuracy of business records within the SME sector. Of the 2,437 checks that had been […]


HMRC Fake E-Mail Warning

January 18th, 2012

HMRC is warning taxpayers against a spate of fake e-mails in the run up to the 31st January self assessment deadline, which promise a tax rebate to the recipient. These “phishing” e-mails contain a link to a clone of HMRC’s website where the recipient is asked to share their bank or credit card details. Those […]


New Late Filing Penalties

January 4th, 2012

HM Revenue and Customs has amended the late filing penalties for those people who fail to meet the Self Assessment deadline… • A £100 penalty will be charged if the tax return is not submitted by 31 January even if there is no tax to pay or all of the tax due has been paid […]


New Bribery Laws

New legislation came into force last year to overhaul and modernise bribery laws dating back to 1889. Businesses are advised to review their position and take necessary action now to avoid prosecution… Effective from 1 July 2011, the Bribery Act aims to combat bribery in the UK and internationally. It creates the following four offences […]


Online VAT Return Rules Change

Changes will come into force this year regarding the submission and payment of VAT returns which may affect businesses not already registered online… Since April 2010, businesses have been required to submit VAT returns online and pay any VAT due electronically if either of the following applies: • The business was registered for VAT before […]


Advisory Fuel Rates Update

September 1st, 2011

HMRC has changed the frequency at which it will review rate per mile figures for company cars, from twice per year to four times per year. Now, any changes implemented will take effect once per quarter on 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. In addition, due to the increased frequency of review, […]


Capital Allowances – Claim Now or Miss Out!

June 27th, 2011

If you or your business own a commercial property, the chances are you haven’t claimed Capital Allowances on the “embedded fixtures” that were in the property when you bought it. At present, only about 5% of commercial buildings in the UK make these claims to their full potential. It is possible to carry out not […]


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