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New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions

It never ceases to surprise me how many people leave it until January to do their tax returns. What really troubles me is not the last minute rush, but the number of cases I see where the tax bill could have been less if advice had been taken at the right time.

Global Administrator | 01/01/2013 00:00:00

Farmers – are you “active” enough?
Farmers – are you “active” enough?

In my last Gazette Farmer column, I highlighted the tax dangers that diversification and succession planning can sometimes lead to if you act without first taking tax advice.

Global Administrator | 02/12/2012 00:00:00

Autumn Statement
Autumn Statement

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 5 December was more of a mini Budget. With UK borrowings standing at a little over £1 trillion and set to continue rising for several years yet, he had little room for manoeuvre. He did however find room in the fiscal balancing act to give some limited Christmas cheer to businesses.

Global Administrator | 01/12/2012 00:00:00

An inspector calls
An inspector calls

Imagine that you are sitting at your desk one day and someone calls from H M Revenue & Customs to say that they want to visit your business premises. Do you have to say yes?

Global Administrator | 22/11/2012 00:00:00

Have you been “connected”?
Have you been “connected”?

The Government has made it clear that it intends to clamp down on tax evasion and has increased the resources within Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs dedicated to achieving this aim. One recent announcement that caught my eye related to a new HMRC computer programme called Connect.

Global Administrator | 22/10/2012 00:00:00

Are you sure you are a farmer?
Are you sure you are a farmer?

Of course you are. You have spent your life on the land and farming is your life. But would the tax man agree? If he doesn’t, you – or your family - could be in for a shock.

Global Administrator | 12/09/2012 00:00:00

Payroll Revolution
Payroll Revolution

If you are an employer and the letters “RTI” mean nothing to you, read on as they soon will.

Global Administrator | 05/09/2012 00:00:00

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Are you an entrepreneur?

For capital gains tax, you may be an entrepreneur even if you have never thought of yourself as one. The consequences for anyone in business of failing to comply with the Entrepreneurs Relief (ER) rules can be dramatic, changing the rate of capital gains tax on a business related disposal from 10% to 28%.

Global Administrator | 22/08/2012 00:00:00

It ain’t what you do....
It ain’t what you do....

..it’s the way that you do it (or so the song would have it) and that is certainly true in the world of tax.

| 12/08/2012 00:00:00

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