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30th November 2021

Thoughts from our HE Chair of Audit roundtable in November 2021

At our November HE Chair of Audit Committee roundtable, we were very lucky to be joined by Karel Thomas, Executive Director of the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group. We considered the current challenges in the higher education sector and what Audit Committee Chairs should be thinking about; the main areas discussed are set out below. […]


30th November 2021

Making sense of Students’ Union regulation

There’s a recent Twitter meme where the bland trips that men would take if time travel was possible are pilloried. My own journey would be back to 2004, explaining to myself – a newly elected students’ union officer – how important a part the 1994 Education Act would play on my career. Introduced by the […]


30th November 2021

Charity Trustees Virtual Meeting on Digital

At our October Charity Trustees virtual meeting, we were joined by Zoe Amar, a charity digital specialist who took our audience through the findings from her Charity Digital Skills Report, an annual barometer of digital skills, attitudes and support needs across the sector as well as posing questions about what boards should be thinking about […]


29th November 2021

How to avoid late penalties when filing your tax returns

Ahead of the online self-assessment deadline, 31st January 2022, HW Fisher share their advice to make sure you file on time and correctly. Trusha Shah, Tax Manager at HW Fisher explains: “There is still sufficient time, but we would urge anyone who is yet to file their tax return to make sure they are prepared ahead […]


25th November 2021

Not for Profit sector – A month in review

In this month’s digest Carol Rudge provides an update on some of the top articles, reports, news, and events for Not for Profit (NFP) organisations. We cover the impact of the Autumn Budget, some thoughts on ESG reporting and highlight a report on how some universities are doing positive things in climate change. We also […]


16th November 2021

VAT Update from HW Fisher

Despite the Chancellor’s Autumn 2021 statement proving to be very light on changes to the UK’s VAT system, we are glad to present the following VAT update for October, covering the latest ECJ and Tax Tribunal Decisions, alongside the announcements from HMRC regarding the Balhousie case! HMRC News Revenue & Customs Brief 13 (2021) This […]


15th November 2021

Electric Cars – how can you benefit from the OZEV Government grant scheme?

In February 2021, the UK Government announced an updated OZEV grant scheme that sees £50 million devoted to installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points at homes and workplaces across the UK. Although the overall proportion of EVs on the UK’s roads remains low, a fifth of new car sales in September were either pure electric […]


12th November 2021

Meet the Team: Andrew Rich, Managing Partner

Andrew Rich is the firm’s Managing Partner, working with the Leadership Team and Partners to help provide clients with the expert, personable advice that HW Fisher is known for. Andrew’s role also includes shaping the culture of the firm, a responsibility he takes very seriously as he seeks to create a workplace where all employees, […]


9th November 2021

COP26 – Driving profit and purpose

While the hype around COP26 could be seen as all noise and no action, there is a real opportunity to reflect and consider how we can do things better. This year, we’re asking whether it’s possible for profit and purpose to coexist as business objectives, and what role accountants can play in achieving this balance. […]


28th October 2021

Autumn Budget 2021 Summary

This was a Budget set against a backdrop of the national debt. According to the ONS, the UK Government gross debt was £2.2 trillion at the end of the financial year ending March 2021, equivalent to 106.0% of gross domestic product (GDP). By comparison, this is 13.1% above the average of the 27 European Union […]


25th October 2021

A message to the Chancellor: bring back British fighting spirit for businesses

The Autumn Budget is taking place on 27 October 2021 with Rishi Sunak setting out the Government’s spending and financial strategy. He is expected to outline a number of measures to balance the books after billions of emerging spending during the Covid-19 pandemic. From business rates changes to expected minimum wage rises and energy price […]


22nd October 2021

Musicians Union – Case Study

We’re proud to work with some fantastic clients and we love to celebrate the brilliant work they are doing.  We spoke to the Musicians’ Union about how they have navigated the challenges of the last year, and what they will be focusing on going forward into 2022 and beyond. Tell us a bit about who […]


20th October 2021

The HMRC policy of ‘naming & shaming’

You may or may not be aware of this, but HMRC publishes the names of deliberate tax defaulters on their website. This is commonly referred to as ‘naming & shaming. A deliberate tax defaulter is a taxpayer who has been investigated by HMRC and charged a penalty for deliberate errors in their tax returns or […]


19th October 2021

Recovery Loan Scheme: What you need to know

Update (29th October 2021): During the Autumn Budget 2021, the Chancellor announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme would be extended until 30 June 2022. From 1st January 2022, the following changes will come into effect: The scheme will only be open to small and medium-sized enterprises The maximum amount of finance available will be £2M […]


29th September 2021

Meet the team – Jamie Morrison

Jamie Morrison leads our tax team at HW Fisher, working in the UK and Asia with private clients, entrepreneurs and family offices. We asked Jamie to share his career highlights and best advice he may have for clients, including why you can never rest on your laurels in tax! How would you describe your role […]


29th September 2021

Meet the team – Toby Ryland

Toby Ryland leads the corporate tax and VAT division at HW Fisher. With over 20 years’ experience Toby works with a wide range of clients across the technology, property, and retail sectors. In this Q&A Toby discusses what he enjoys most about his role at HW Fisher, how businesses should embrace a hybrid work policy […]


29th September 2021

VAT Update from HW Fisher

This month Gerry Myton and Mike Block bring the latest updates from HMRC – including their guidance on the VAT liability of COVID-19 testing services and the VAT treatment of gaming machines. Gerry and Mike discuss the government’s plans for eight new Freeports in England and the potential advantages for businesses. Read on for more […]


28th September 2021

New EU-commerce package for non-EU businesses – what do you need to know?

The EU introduced its e-commerce package on 01 July, including a new IOSS Registration for non-EU businesses. Who is affected? The IOSS allows non-EU businesses (i.e. UK businesses) to register for VAT in one EU country and account for VAT on all B2C transactions, with a value of less than 150 Euros, on one monthly […]


28th September 2021

National Insurance Tax Rise

Commenting on the recent hike to National Insurance announced this month by the Prime Minister, Tim Walford-Fitzgerald says “The imposition of a social care levy serves to increase the different levels of taxes payable by people with the same income but from different sources. By targeting workers the costs of care are borne by a […]


23rd September 2021

Business Strategy: Insights for Charities

‘Strategy’ is one of the most mis-used and grand sounding words in our business language.  After all, “What’s our strategy for dealing with this?” sounds so much better than “What do we do now?”  Simply put, your business’s strategies are the handful of priorities, within your control, which will increase your chances of success.  Executed […]


23rd September 2021

Brexit: Tips and Recommendations for Charities

We are now nine months into the UK’s trading life outside the European Union (EU). Leaving the EU has resulted in some major changes particularly in respect of VAT and Customs and the wider charity sector has struggled more than some sectors in adapting to the changes.  Outlined below are the changes and what charities […]


23rd September 2021

Why having a coach is a great privilege

I was inspired to train as a coach through having a truly inspirational coach myself. But before I talk more about that, I think it is important to share why I had a coach. I was lucky enough to work closely for many years with a truly inspirational leader, Sacha Romanovitch, and listened to her […]


15th September 2021

How Residence is Defined and its Implications on Individual Income Tax in China and the UK: Q&A

By Jie Su and Maria Kotova Individual income tax (IIT) is a very important part of payroll management. In both China and the UK, the tax treatment for resident taxpayers and non-resident taxpayers is different. Therefore, knowing whether you are a tax resident of the two countries is important. Dezan Shira & Associates and HW Fisher are qualified tax advisors and address […]


15th September 2021

The future of streaming – is it hitting the right note for artists?

The global recorded music market grew by 7.4% in 2020, the sixth consecutive year of growth according to IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide. Figures released recently in IFPI’s Global Music Report show total revenues for 2020 were US$21.6 billion. Streaming is a dominant force in that growth. Paid subscription streaming […]


9th September 2021

Not For Profit sector – A month in review

This month’s digest provides an update on some of the top articles, reports, news, and events for Not for Profit (NFP) organisations. Carol Rudge shares her opinion on governance in the NFP sector, looking at how directors can report the successes of their organisations, as well as how to achieve effective diversity on boards. On […]


2nd September 2021

Money is good, love is wealth: Finance tips for influencers

Love Island, the British summer TV hit, has traditionally been an influencer accelerator for the contestants that enter the villa each year. As their social following increases exponentially, more brands will be looking to work with the Islanders, but it’s not always smooth sailing with a number of financial and tax considerations that need to […]


24th August 2021

Will I face a furlough enquiry?

Are you one of the 1.3 million employers who claimed Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) monies from HMRC from March 2020 as a result of lockdown following the global coronavirus pandemic? If so, what possible implications might you face from HMRC as they seek to scrutinise and follow up on possible incorrect or fraudulent claims […]


19th August 2021

Meet the team – Gerry Myton

Gerry Myton leads our indirect taxation team and specialises in not only VAT, but also duty matters. He began his career with Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, the precursor to HMRC, before moving into positions within UK Top 40 accountancy firms. We asked Gerry to share his career highlights, how he stays up to date […]


19th August 2021

Get Ahead – VAT Update

In this monthly digest, Gerry Myton brings the latest updates from HMRC – including their recent business brief offering guidance on the repayment of VAT to overseas businesses not established in the EU and more detail on the new reduced VAT rate for hospitality. Since the Brexit transition period ended, HMRC implemented staged border controls […]


12th August 2021

Not for Profit sector – a month in review

It has been a busy month for the Not-for-Profit sector! This month’s digest highlights some exciting events hosted by the Charity Finance Group and the Charity Tax Group, addressing the impending challenges and opportunities for the sector.  In addition, we have included two interesting articles about the post-pandemic scenario, focused on office environments and employees. […]


11th August 2021

How do you value music: 3 things you need to know

Revenues generated by the music industry peaked in 1999, mostly due to the physical CD market. In stark contrast, the industry reached an all-time low by 2014, propelled by piracy driven declines (even though music downloads had been growing for a decade). Fast forward to 2021 and access to music has never been easier and […]


5th August 2021

M&A activity in 2021

Our Corporate Finance Team specialise in transaction services and corporate finance, dealing with all areas of transaction services, including vendor and purchaser due diligence, acting as reporting accountant for companies looking to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and preparation of business plans or financial forecasts. Following a busy start to 2021, the team […]


29th July 2021

COVID – working from paradise?

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time on the beautiful island of Barbados.  So when the Barbados government announced the launch of the Welcome Stamp visa to encourage remote workers to spend twelve months in Barbados, I must confess, I was more than a little tempted. Pre-COVID, […]


28th July 2021

Search Funds Q&A with Simon Webster

To gain more insight into the world of search funds, from someone who has been involved in search funds for many years and has experience from both sides (of being a searcher and an investor), we spoke to Simon Webster. Simon was the first person outside North America to create a search fund. Having learnt […]


23rd July 2021

Furnished Holiday Lets – Here is what you need to know

If you own and run a Furnished Holiday Let (“FHL”) now would be a good time to take stock of the key points and whether any of the below elections may assist you with the issues caused by Covid-19. As with many tax regulations, it’s easy to be blinded by the detail and it is […]


23rd July 2021

Brexit: Exports to private customers

by Gerry Myton, Partner – Head of Indirect Tax What changes are being made? Brexit has resulted in several major changes for UK businesses who are involved in the movement of goods outside the UK. From the 1st January 2021, any movement of goods outside the UK is treated as an export. Exports are zero-rated for […]


23rd July 2021

HMRC Revenue and Customs Brief 7 (2021): VAT on electric cars

HMRC have recently released a new brief which discusses HMRC’s policy on the VAT treatment of charging electric vehicles and an entitlement to recover VAT on the cost of charging. VAT Treatment of Electric Vehicle Charging in Public Places Businesses have sought clarification from HMRC with respect to the correct VAT treatment of supplies of […]


23rd July 2021

Basis Period Reform: Impacts for Partnerships and Sole Traders

The government has released a document outlining the current rules for basis periods and setting out a specific proposal to simplify them. The proposal affects the self-employed, partnerships, trusts, and estates with trading income. For the last 25 years sole traders and partnerships have had a well understood arrangement- the taxable profits are based on […]


22nd July 2021

Fifth SEISS: New rules for the self-employed on the way – all you need to know

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant has helped millions of self-employed people across the UK whose business and income has been affected by the pandemic. Applications for the fourth round of grants ended at the beginning of June 2021 but a fifth round is on its way later this month. If you think your […]


13th July 2021

Making change happen on the road to gender equality

Since its launch, the WealthiHer Network has made significant progress in supporting women’s economic advancement by equipping them with the knowledge they need to prosper and rise. The “RISE: Female Financial Futures Reimagined” event hosted by the WealthiHer Network was a continuation of that conversation, taking place at The Ned, where the network was launched […]


9th July 2021

Corporate Establishment Process for Businesses in China

The establishment process varies based on one’s chosen investment structure and planned business scope. For example, setting up a manufacturing FIE requires an environmental evaluation to be completed, setting up a trading FIE must comply with the customs/commodity inspection requirements, and setting up simple services FIE may require neither. Establishing a foreign investment structure in China generally […]


9th July 2021

Company Holding Structure for Businesses in China

Does it make sense to use a Holding Company? Many companies choose to establish holding companies, or “special purpose vehicles”, in jurisdictions, such as Hong Kong or Singapore, to hold their Chinese entity. Holding companies allow for an additional layer of distance between the Chinese subsidiary and parent company and can “ring-fence” the investment to […]


9th July 2021

Choosing a Location to Set Up Your Business in China

Choosing a location is one of the first decisions that British companies must make when entering a new market. Location and a strategic site selection plan can have a major impact on the success of the business, affecting production, operation, and sales. British companies looking must take steps to ensure they have the right information […]


9th July 2021

Pre-Establishment Considerations for British Investors Setting Up in China

With an increase in the number of establishments in China from UK companies, it is highly advisable to seek professional assistance to guide British Investors through the complex setup procedure and outline the roles and responsibilities of key positions in the company. This can be a critical factor in ensuring the success of the venture […]


9th July 2021

Meet the Team – Andrew Subramaniam

Andrew brings over 30 years’ experience working with many best-selling authors and household names in the media world, as well as talented creatives in the early phase of their careers. No matter what stage a client is at, his goal is always to make a significant contribution to their financial security and prosperity by minimising […]


7th July 2021

Turning challenges into opportunity: VOCES8 Foundation

The Show Must Go On: Supporting Artists and Creating a Worldwide Arts Community through Digital Innovation Partner: Andrew Rich Client: VOCES8 Foundation In three sentences, what does the VOCES8 Foundation do? The VOCES8 Foundation leads the music world in its innovative business and music education models, with a worldwide reach, diverse music offerings and collaborations all […]


23rd June 2021

IR35: 10 Things you need to know

If you are a business who engages with contractors or you are a worker who uses a personal service company, you may have heard about IR35. Contractors, recruiters and employers should make sure they have taken the time to understand the rules. As with many new tax regulations, it’s easy to be blinded by the […]


23rd June 2021

Life after “EU” – an update on global mobility and social security post-breakup

In addition to the wrangling and ongoing negotiations as part of one of the biggest breakups in history, navigating the new rules as part of the social security system can be difficult post-Brexit. Determining where social security contributions should be paid, and by whom, should therefore be a fundamental part of the planning process for […]


23rd June 2021

What is a search fund and why are they becoming more popular?

A Search Fund is specialist vehicle in which investors back a promising individual (entrepreneur) rather than an existing start-up team. Often these entrepreneurs, or searchers, have completed an MBA or similar and are looking for a way to run their own business, but do not have their own ‘big idea’ to start from scratch. With […]


17th June 2021

Latest on the VAT Payments Holiday – all you need know

To support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Government announced temporary changes to the VAT system. Many organisations took advantage of the VAT payment deferral scheme, allowing them to defer payments that fell between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 until 31 March 2021, with no interest or penalties. This includes the VAT […]


17th June 2021

The Chancellor set to reject furlough extension despite Freedom Day delay

Speaking on the Chancellor’s proposed plan to reject calls for an extension of the furlough scheme, Simon Michaels says “The Chancellor finds himself in the ultimate ‘rock and a hard place’ over furlough. There is no question that furlough has enabled businesses to survive since March last year. Removing furlough too early will certainly result […]


8th June 2021

Brexit update: six months on

by Gerry Myton, Consultant The impact of the UK leaving the European Union (EU)  on VAT and Customs remains profound. The below highlights some of the major changes to be aware of. Movement of Goods Goods coming into the UK from the EU are now treated as imports and movements of goods from the UK into […]


8th June 2021

Brexit changes: Understanding the Northern Ireland Protocol

by Gerry Myton, Consultant Since the UK left the European Union (EU) there have been some changes to VAT and Customs rules for businesses trading in goods with, and within, Northern Ireland. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol (NI Protocol), Northern Ireland (NI) will be treated as part of the UK for VAT purposes. It will […]


28th May 2021

Understanding tax on cryptoassets

by Daniel Tomassen, Manager – Private Client Department Cryptoassets are private digital assets that use cryptography and are designed to work as a medium of exchange. In recent years, they have attracted the attention of HMRC who have recently updated its guidance on taxation. Here we take a brief look at HMRC’s latest guidance and […]


28th May 2021

The latest Supreme Court ruling you need to know about

You may have seen some publicity recently following the Supreme Court judgement in HMRC v Tooth, 2021 What happened? In summary, the taxpayer (Raymond Tooth) won his case in that there was no deliberate inaccuracy in his 2007/08 return and the discovery assessment raised by HMRC some 6 years after the return was filed was […]


26th May 2021

Life gifts: when is a gift not a gift?

The harsh reality of the Covid-19 pandemic has driven many people to start making plans for the future, and think carefully about  how they want their estate to pass following death. Reduction in potential Inheritance Tax may be a major factor in the actions people take but there are issues of law to be aware […]


26th May 2021

Writing business: What authors need to know when setting up a company

Many authors operate through limited companies but are they always necessary and beneficial? Here we take a look at the latest tax implications, to help you make the right decision. Income Tax and National insurance The first thing to consider is the likely level of annual income. Income Tax is payable by individuals on a […]


24th May 2021

Authors, literary agents and VAT: a quick guide [updated for 2021]

Establishing when to apply VAT to a transaction, and at what rate, can be a common area of confusion, particularly when international elements are involved.


14th May 2021

Introducing Stevie Heafford, Tax Partner

Stevie recently joined our tax team and brings a wide range of tax experience, including in trusts and estates, personal and corporate tax matters . Stevie will be working with owner managed business and high net worth individuals to provide high quality tax advice. Stevie shares why she’s passionate about working with clients to help […]


14th May 2021

Introducing Richard Morley, Tax Partner

Richard recently joined the Tax team and brings decades of specialist experience in resolving tax investigations and disputes with HMRC, covering private clients, corporates and charities. Richard outlines exactly what tax resolution involves, shares his thoughts on the last 12 months, and explores the learnings we can take with us as we create new normal ways […]


29th April 2021

Introducing Carol Rudge, Head of Not for Profit

Carol brings over two decades experience in charities and not-for-profit, she is a member of the Charity Commission’s SORP committee and has worked with many leading charities, universities and other NFP bodies across a broad spectrum of areas with a particular emphasis on external audit. Carol shares some of her career highlights, her top advice […]


29th April 2021

The road to zero – are electric cars really leading the charge?

A decision many people postponed during the pandemic was buying a new car. Registrations for new cars fell to their lowest in almost 30 years in 2020.  For others, however, it was the year many decided to go electric with over 108,000* electric vehicles sold in the UK – accounting for approximately one in 20 […]


22nd April 2021

Earth Day – Driving profit and purpose

While the hype around Earth Day could be seen as all noise and no action, there is a real opportunity to reflect and consider how we can do things better. This year, we’re asking whether it’s possible for profit and purpose to coexist as business objectives, and what role accountants can play in achieving this […]


29th March 2021

Q&A with Muneeza Baig, Audit Partner

Muneeza Baig works with a range of clients across a variety of sectors, from grant making, membership, independent schools, arts, disability and religious organisations. Joining HW Fisher as a trainee in 2001, she became a Partner earlier this year.   What is your role at HW Fisher? I am a Partner in the Charities and […]


29th March 2021

The power of allyship – getting it wrong, learning from mistakes, and making change happen

Before we dive into this topic, we have to define what we mean by allyship – here is a formal definition: Allyship – the practice of emphasizing social justice, inclusion, and human rights by members of an ingroup, to advance the interests of an oppressed or marginalized outgroup. What’s important with this definition is that […]


26th March 2021

Tax Day – what do you need to know

This week, the Government published more than 30 tax updates, consultations and documents in a move designed to strengthen policy making and modernise the UK’s tax system. We have highlighted below some of the key proposals, and what they mean to UK taxpayers. As ever, if you have any questions about your own personal circumstances, […]


18th March 2021

Insights to thrive in 2021 from leading business advisers: A conversation with Linda Plant and Simon Michaels

Linda Plant is well-known for her no-nonsense business counsel on BBC’s The Apprentice, as one of Lord Sugar’s trusted advisors in the interview stage. With years of business experience under her belt after having built a successful fashion business from scratch, Linda has recently launched The Linda Plant Academy and the Business Blueprint Club to […]


9th March 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day at HW Fisher

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Lily Montgomery, one of our Partners, lead a campaign asking our staff how they were choosing to challenge gender inequality this year, and we were proud to […]


23rd February 2021

March budget 2021 – how do you solve a problem like a £400bn deficit?

HW Fisher’s wishlist for the March 2021 Budget March 3rd will be the first post-Brexit Budget, but for obvious reasons, this fact has almost been swept under the carpet, as the Government grapples with public finances and the need for a clear covid recovery plan.  According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) the UK […]


18th February 2021

Q&A with Jie Su, Assistant Private Client Manager

Jie Su looks after a varied portfolio of clients in different sectors including authors and retail businesses. Originally from China, she settled in the UK in 2011, and is the primary point of contact for Chinese speaking clients who require advice on UK based property and business investments. Jie is a member of ACCA and […]


5th February 2021

5 reasons why you should undertake a royalty audit

Head of Music Royalty Audits Robert Fowler discusses the complexities of royalty accounting and why a royalty audit could unlock additional revenue. Anyone that has worked in royalties at a record label knows royalty accounting isn’t simple. There’s a myriad of activities and entities involved in the process and often things just go wrong. When […]


29th January 2021

Q&A with Rafi Saville, Forensic Partner

Rafi Saville joined HW Fisher 24 years ago. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a partner after only 8 years and now leads the firm’s busy forensic accounting department with fellow partner Stuart Burns. HW Fisher Forensic’s client list boasts more than 160 well-known companies, brands and individuals, including some of the UK and […]


27th January 2021

New year, new finances – 3 reminders for authors going into 2021

It’s a new year and a renewed opportunity to catch up on your finances and ensure you are benefiting from all avenues of income open to you. Public lending rights and the Authors Licensing and Copyright Society are two areas that are often missed by authors, but it can make a big difference! Public Lending […]


8th January 2021

Protecting your brand the supply-side way

If you or your company has a brand you have carefully built up over the years, the last thing you want is to lose control of how it’s used. And one of the key issues involved in maintaining the integrity and value of a brand in the marketplace is controlling the supply.


4th January 2021

5 reasons why royalty audits are worth your time and money

Royalty audits are not a phenomenon that is too well known outside particular sectors of the economy but they are, in fact, hugely important to owners of valuable IP such as authors and their publishers, technology companies, fashion houses and even Premier League football clubs who increasingly rely on overseas merchandising.


15th December 2020

Crisis Management in Charities

An unexpected crisis can dominate a charity and stagnate a charity’s activities. Knowing the essential steps in dealing with a crisis is important and can save considerable time and anguish if one were to arise. In February 2018, there was a spate of high-profile charities facing public scandals. In short order, Oxfam and Save the […]


11th December 2020

Taxation of SEISS grants: What you need to know

The extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been welcomed by many and will support small businesses until the end of the tax year. Although 2020-21 Self-Assessment returns are not due until 31 January 2022, it is worth looking at the taxation of the grants received and how this will affect your tax […]


11th December 2020

Heirs continue to be stung by inheritance tax

As the saying goes, there are only two things certain in life – death and taxes. The phrase comes to mind as the UK government have recently announced a third successive year of an increase in estates being subjected to Inheritance Tax (IHT). Broadly, IHT is levied at a rate of 40 per cent on […]


26th November 2020

Q&A with Robert Fowler, Head of Music Audits – Forensic

This month saw Robert Fowler join the HW Fisher team to help expand our music royalty audit offering, a sector that has increased in demand this year, as touring income has declined for the industry. Robert’s experience includes working globally with high profile recording artists and songwriters throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Russia, and China. […]


26th November 2020

Spotlight on Business: Interview with Yugna Shah, founder of The Painted Peacock

It’s a tough time for small businesses, to find out more we spoke (virtually) to Yugna Shah, tax manager turned chocolatier to discuss how she navigated her business through a turbulent year. The Painted Peacock is the realisation of a dream to share positive vibes through good quality chocolate – so who better to talk to […]


19th November 2020

Caution: CFOs of growing UK large businesses need to plan for a different relationship with HMRC

CFOs of large UK business approaching group turnover of £200m and/or net assets in excess of £2bn need to be preparing for a change in the way HMRC deal with large companies. This applies to large UK companies, either of UK groups or UK subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. What will change? Large UK businesses […]


30th October 2020

Life after Furlough: what we want to see from Government

As the Furlough period comes to an end, businesses in the hospitality sector will be taking a long hard look at their future. Despite a tough outlook, it has been positive to see the strength and determination across the industry. This week alone, we have seen businesses across the hospitality industry rally together in support […]


29th October 2020

How to manage intellectual property ahead of Brexit

So far, the protection of EU intellectual property rights has continued to apply as normal in the UK, but this will not be the case after the expiry of the transition period. The UK is the second largest EEA country by GDP (around 15% of the EEA’s total GDP) and from the 1st January 2021, […]


29th October 2020

How your business can benefit from Kickstart

How can you and your employees benefit from the Kickstart scheme The Kickstart scheme was launched by the Government to ‘help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival’. It is for young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and the Government has set aside £2 billion for the subsidized scheme. For […]


29th October 2020

Countdown to Brexit: Top 6 tax issues businesses should be thinking about

BREXIT is fast approaching on 31st December 2020 and although a comprehensive trade deal may be agreed prior to that date, at this point in time a No Deal is looking most likely.  If they have not already done so, businesses urgently need to assess the tax impact on their businesses that are likely to […]


28th October 2020

How to avoid a last minute panic when filing your tax return

Ahead of the paper self-assessment deadline, 31st October 2020, HW Fisher share their advice to make sure you file on time and correctly. Confused about whether you need to file? Self-employment and side hustles are continuing to rise during these uncertain times. However, it’s not just these individuals who have to complete self-assessment tax returns, […]


26th October 2020

Planning for a strong 2021 – strategies charities can put in place now

In the past few months, the pandemic has had a seismic impact on charities, and reinforced some of the wider challenges charities face. While dealing with the immediate impacts of coronavirus, it is also vital that charities continue to plan ahead and work towards a stronger 2021. As part of this planning, there are a […]


16th October 2020

Financial due diligence – is it really necessary?

If you are considering making a business acquisition you will no doubt have considered the legal requirements in terms of negotiating a sale and purchase agreement and legal due diligence to ensure basic ownership issues are satisfied, but have you also considered the benefits of financial due diligence? Or the risks involved of not undertaking […]


25th September 2020

Manage your HMRC queries effectively using our Tax Investigation Service

Over the past few months, we have all faced a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic has affected our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life, in ways that we could never have envisaged. It is more important than ever that you have the right financial protection in place. The full […]


24th September 2020

Can licence agreements in the gaming industry hold water?

Digital transformation in the gaming industry has only been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, with the global video game market now forecast to be worth $159 billion in 2020 – around four times box office revenues and almost three times music industry revenues. The potential for new revenue streams as a result of digitalisation in […]


24th September 2020

The reform of Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) is a relative newcomer to the tax party, having been introduced to the UK in 1965, but it may be only just behind pensions in the race to be the next political talking point. Most people understand the idea of their income being taxed at particular rates, and the higher your […]


24th September 2020

Untangling royalties in the gaming industry

Licensing and royalties in the gaming industry are complex, particularly with the accelerating trend towards digital gameplay and the rise of new platforms for distributing games to players. Our Forensics team unpack examples of the financial considerations involved in the gaming industry and shed light on the key facts of recent high-profile news events. Case […]


17th August 2020

No more bank of mum and dad! Is this a trend set to continue?

Nationwide, the UK’s second-largest mortgage lender, recently announced a policy change, implementing restrictions on first-time buyers trying to get on the housing ladder. For these buyers, the changes are two-fold: 1) 75% of their deposits must have been saved independently, and 2) they must be buying properties at least 2 years old. With around 40% […]


31st July 2020

Business Interruption Insurance – why businesses should follow the High Court case closely

The covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented financial challenges for businesses across the UK. For those in the hospitality and leisure industry, many have had to close their doors, on the advice of government, for several months and counting. The fate of many small businesses, particularly in the leisure industry, is now in the hands […]


30th July 2020

Eat Out to Help Out scheme is proving wildly unpopular

From August, The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will be introduced, however Russell Nathan, senior partner, explains why it might not be as popular as first thought: “The eat out to help out scheme was initially warmly received by the industry. However in practice, it’s proving to be widely unpopular among restaurateurs, independents in […]


30th July 2020

Making Tax Digital – false alarm or not?

We’ve had false alarms from HMRC before but this time it looks as if they are serious. Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment (MTD for ITSA) means that all self-employed people, small businesses and landlords (including sole traders) with annual turnover in excess of £10,000 will have to file income and expenses information every […]


29th July 2020

Disposals of UK residential property – New reporting regime

The reporting and payment of capital gains tax on disposals of UK residential property changed with effect from 6 April 2020. In practice, the change means that where a sale of a UK residential property results in a gain, this must be reported to HMRC within 30 days following the date of completion and the […]


20th July 2020

It’s time for businesses to rewrite the rulebook

If your business can’t wait until January for the retention bonus scheme, Simon Michaels, CEO of HW Fisher Business Solutions outlines what you can do in the short term to survive… Last week, the Chancellor announced a bonus for any furloughed staff that businesses retain. This is the latest measure to support businesses and bonuses […]


15th July 2020

Covid-19 – Time to buy or sell?

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected corporate buy and sell activity worldwide, with the first quarter of 2020 cited as being down 25% on 2019 with a further decrease thereafter. We have seen a number of companies delay or abandon deals entirely due to concerns over financial uncertainty. Despite the initial impact of Covid-19, a […]