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  • 16th January 2015

    Fraud: motive, opportunity and ability

    More than a quarter of businesses are subject to payroll fraud, and it is twice as likely in small organisations. These figures should be sobering, as a typical fraud adds about six percent to payroll costs.
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  • 29th December 2014

    Financial focus on... tax efficient families

    As we approach the time of year for making resolutions, it seems appropriate to take a look at some of the ways that families can be more tax efficient.
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  • 4th December 2014

    The Autumn Statement and the SME

    It was a mixed Autumn Statement for SMEs. For those small enough to qualify, the extension of the doubling of Small Business Rates Relief until April 2016 will certainly be welcome. However, the Chancellor dealt a blow to sensible tax planning with his announcements around incorporation.
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  • 3rd December 2014

    Sailing with a 'fair' wind behind you - Autumn Statement comment

    I have no particular interest but, like many other sports in which I have no interest, I tune-in approximately once every 4 years IF it appears that Great Britain may be about to take a medal in the Olympic Sailing. This sort of “fair weather” spectating has a drawback in that I do not really understand what is going on and therefore rely on the commentary team to tell me whether things are indeed looking Gold-en for the plucky Brit, or whether it is time to click a button on the remote.
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  • 1st December 2014

    Financial Focus On... Taking Stock

    At this more festive time of year, even your friendly local tax practitioner tends to look up from the books and take stock of the world. To view the world from one of the oldest known professions means that there is a vast pool of experience and anecdotes upon which to draw. Tax has been immortalized in Egyptian hieroglyphics (one of the first pieces to be translated concerned a tax exemption), within the Bible (St Matthew was a tax collector at Capernaum before becoming an Apostle) and within song (most famously “The Tax Man” by the Beatles).
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