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8th July 2016

Retirement – why we need a new and broader definition

There was a time, not so long ago, when many people’s lives fell neatly into three distinct stages – they were educated, embarked upon a career and then retired.


8th July 2016

Pension freedoms – a year of thinking differently

The new pension rules introduced a little over a year ago were rightly heralded as a revolution. Gone are the days when, on reaching 65, retirees automatically swapped their pension pots for lump sums and an annuity provided by their insurers, cleared their desks and embarked on their retirement.


30th June 2016

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) on £500,000+ Properties

ATED was first introduced in 2013 on high-value UK residential properties worth over £2 million which are owned by companies, partnerships with corporate members and certain investment vehicles. ATED has created a new filing obligation with penalties charged for late filing.


16th June 2016

IR35 – The government ups the ante for contractors working in the public sector

The government’s long-running drive to limit the ability of individuals to avoid tax by working through personal service companies has stepped up a gear.


16th June 2016

New limits on the tax deductibility of corporate interest – Could they trigger a switch from debt to equity finance?

Debt finance is the lifeblood of many companies, and arguably the banking system’s greatest contribution to the continued functioning of UK Plc.


16th June 2016

Shoot first, ask questions later – Help is at hand for those who fall foul of the VATman’s “get tough” regime

The decision to penalise a business for making an error on its VAT return is supposedly at HMRC’s discretion.


16th June 2016

Buy-to-let landlords – Time for smart planning, not a siege mentality

Media coverage of the recent tax changes affecting buy-to-let landlords has talked breathlessly of the Exchequer “declaring war” on the estimated two million people who receive income by investing in British bricks and mortar.


27th May 2016

Journey to the East – Setting up operations in China

China’s progress over the past few decades has transformed the economic might of hundreds of millions of Chinese households.


27th May 2016

Could royalty audits be the golden ticket for business revenue?

Licensing can be a complex process, and misinterpretation or miscalculation can cost businesses alarming sums.In the past, the receipt of royalties was largely confined to authors, screenwriters and musicians, keen to protect their artistic product.


27th May 2016

No more power without responsibility – Shadow Directors’ duties defined

A gradual tightening of the rules on shadow directors has imposed greater transparency and responsibility on those who influence companies but are not appointed directors.


27th May 2016

New data protection laws turn up the heat on charities

In the midst of several high profile funding disputes, cases of vulnerable individuals being targeted by aggressive cold callers and increasing press criticism of ‘telephone chugging’, charities are subject to greater scrutiny than ever before.


27th May 2016

The end of abbreviated accounts

Many small companies choose to place only “abbreviated” accounts on the public record. This option has now been replaced by a new regime which has a broadly similar effect but there are changes in the detail.


27th May 2016

Buy-to-let limited – should landlords consider a company?

UK landlords are facing a series of radical tax changes which are hitting the buy-to-let market.


27th May 2016

Been there done VAT mitigating the costs of VAT errors

It’s a safe bet that whoever coined the phrase ‘you learn from your mistakes’ obviously never received a VAT penalty from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).


26th May 2016

Budget 2016: Carrot or stick choice for tax-avoiding businesses, while BTL investors can be forgiven for being paranoid

Tax and savings were central to the Chancellor’s Budget speech in March.


26th May 2016

UK Plc 101 – A practical guide for foreign companies acting in the UK

The ease of doing business in the UK has played a massive role in attracting large numbers of foreign companies to set up in Britain.


26th May 2016

Cloud accounting and exciting options for our clients

Our back office services team, FisherE@se, provides bookkeeping, management accounts and payroll services.


26th May 2016

Building up a nest egg

Growing old is never a question of choice. But we can choose how to secure our financial future and the quality of life during retirement.


26th May 2016

With Westminster viewing everything through a Brexit lens, has it lost sight of the economy?

It says a lot about the state of British politics that when a senior cabinet minister resigned in March over the Government’s welfare reforms, his real motive was immediately judged to be something else entirely – Europe.


26th May 2016

Could Brexit turn Britain into a corporate tax haven?

Might a non-EU UK end up aping the tax havens that sparked so much criticism following the release of the Panama Papers?


20th April 2016

PSC Register – Explanatory note

There is a new requirement which has recently been widely published in which the director of every Company has a new obligation under the Companies Act 2006 (“the Act”) to keep and maintain a new Register called a People of Significant Control Register (“PSC Register”).


25th March 2015

What is Members Voluntary Liquidation and when to use it

Most people in the business world are familiar with a CVL or Creditors Voluntary Liquidation. It’s usually not good news and has a certain stigma attached to it. However, not quite so much is known about an MVL or Members Voluntary Liquidation. So what exactly is an MVL and how does it differ from a CVL?


11th March 2013

Overpayment of suppliers and poor credit control

Their causes may differ, but both these problems can needlessly cost a charity time and money.