• 26th April 2012

    The Black Art of Tax in Construction

    It never ceases to amaze me how tax can often be an afterthought in construction projects - left as something to be worked out by the client and their advisors later on.

  • 21st March 2012

    The Chancellor’s Budget – 2012

    If you buy a brand new car and discover after one day that it has a 2" scratch in the gleaming new paintwork, it is a disaster. No matter that by far the majority of the bodywork is coated in a perfect shining layer of paint and lacquer, reflecting the sunlight as only a new car can, the only thing you will see is the 2" of exposed metal which overshadows everything else.

  • 28th February 2012

    Default surcharges – don’t get caught out

    The fines imposed by HMRC for the late submission of income tax returns are well publicised. Less publicity is given to the fines that are imposed for the late submission and/or payment of VAT returns. These fines are known as" default surcharges".

  • 2nd February 2012

    Tax planning opportunities for now and the year ahead

    2012 is going to be an exciting year, with both the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations to look forward to. But 2012 should also be the year in which we all review our finances to ensure that HMRC does not take more than is absolutely necessary. Here are some items to consider.

  • 4th January 2012

    Changes to the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme – 2012

    Although there are never too many reasons to be cheerful in January, George Osborne, in his Autumn Statement a few weeks ago, sent out a few beacons of light for small/medium companies in the prevailing economic gloom.

  • 1st November 2011

    Don’t write off rescue

    I have often been asked to advise Directors in relation to the financial position of their company when their view, and the reason for them being put in touch with me in the first place, is that they see liquidation as the only option ... But liquidation isn't always the answer.

  • 12th October 2011

    All is not lost

    As we encounter turbulent times in Stock Market, and suffer higher rates of income tax, it is important to consider tax efficient investments.

  • 3rd October 2011

    Beware – late filing penalties

    This year it is more important than ever before to get your tax return completed on time, because H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has decided to get really tough on those who send them in late. Around one million tax returns are filed late every year, so HMRC has decided to increase the penalties for late returns, and the size of the increase is really astonishing.

  • 13th September 2011

    The return of the Management Buyout

    Are you are a manager or director of a company with desires to take control of your own business destiny? Alternatively, are you considering selling your business but don't want to advertise the fact to your competitors? If the answer is yes to either of those questions then it could be worth considering the merits of an MBO.

  • 16th August 2011

    Is the UK an attractive place to do business?

    The United Kingdom undoubtedly has its attractions as a place for overseas companies to do business. There are a number of factors at work but what of our business tax policy?