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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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Are you at risk of being underinsured?

December 18th, 2018

A consequence of failing to seek proper advice or opting for the cheapest possible insurance quote often leads to many businesses leaving themselves underinsured. A recent report suggests that up to 80% of UK commercial properties are underinsured and a further 40% of businesses fail to have the right business interruption cover in place. Inadequate […]

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Estate planning: The tax implications

December 14th, 2018

Planning what will happen to your possessions and savings once you’re no longer here is something that many of us put off. And this is backed up by research from YouGov, which suggests that 62% of adults in the UK are running the risk of dying intestate, meaning they’ve no will in place. Estate planning […]

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R&D Tax Relief claims: The latest figures from HMRC

December 10th, 2018

Claims for R&D tax relief are on the rise according to new statistics released by HMRC, demonstrating that more businesses are seeing the value in the government incentive scheme. R&D tax credits were introduced in 2000 to encourage investment in innovation, allowing businesses to claim tax relief on eligible activities and qualifying research and development […]

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A guide to VAT for SMEs

December 5th, 2018

According to a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce, two thirds of businesses say that VAT is their biggest administrative burden. With this is mind, we’ve put together a simple guide to help businesses get to grips with the basics of this rather tricky tax. What is VAT? VAT, or Value Added Tax, is […]

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Banking Switch Scheme explained

December 4th, 2018

Many business owners are still in the dark about the Business Banking Switch Scheme, so let us explain what the new incentive means for SMEs. The Business Banking Switch Scheme was set up by the government following the financial crisis, as part of the bailout of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). As a result, […]

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Making Tax Digital: Where are we now?

November 21st, 2018

Although there have been some calls for a delay to the scheme, with the pilot well underway and HMRC ramping up their awareness campaign, it is clear that it’ll be full steam ahead for Making Tax Digital come April 2019. So, with the rollout just a matter of months away, it’s crucial that your business […]

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Preparing your exit strategy

November 5th, 2018

With any business, forward planning is key to success. And although it might not be a top priority, considering what will happen when you leave the business should form part of your overall plan. You’ve worked hard to build your company to what it is today, so when it comes to your exit strategy, it […]

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