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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

26th May 2021

HW Fisher LLP advises MH Direkt on UK e-commerce acquisition

MH Direkt, an Austrian owned e-commerce fulfilment business, has made its most recent e-commerce acquisition in the UK, acquiring Firebox.com, an online retailer of unusual…

25th May 2021

Deadline reminder: all you need to know about SEISS 4

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…

24th May 2021

Authors, literary agents and VAT: a quick guide

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

HW Fisher joins WealthiHer Network

HW Fisher, a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm, has joined the WealthiHer Network as its latest partner. Founded in 2019 the Network is an…

14th May 2021

A Day in the Life of Travis Martin, Trainee Tax Adviser at HW Fisher

Ever wondered  what a trainee tax adviser gets up to each day? Travis Martin, a trainee in our Private Client department, talks to us about…

14th May 2021

A Day in the Life of Caitlin Dolan, Trainee Tax Adviser at HW Fisher

What does a day in the life of a trainee tax adviser look like? Caitlin Dolan is a trainee in our Private Client department and…

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 .…

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.…

5th May 2021

HW Fisher announces four Partner appointments

HW Fisher, the top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm has today announced the hire of four external Partners as it continues its recruitment drive to…

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…

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…

28th April 2021

HW Fisher LLP advises Storskogen on debut UK acquisition

Storskogen, a Swedish privately owned company, has made its first acquisition in the UK, acquiring SGS Engineering – the leading e-commerce retailer of power tools…

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…

21st April 2021

Ashtrom Properties UK’s £82 Million Acquisition Of No. 8 First Street

Ashtrom Properties UK acquired No. 8 First Street, a prime office development in Manchester – one of the largest single-asset transactions in Manchester for several years.…

20th April 2021

Bouncing back… at what cost?

Over 1.4 million businesses took out a Bounce Back Loan last year. The scheme, which closed to applications on 31 March 2021, was heralded as a lifeline to…

7th April 2021

HW Fisher appoints Carol Rudge as Head of Not for Profit

HW Fisher, the top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm has bolstered its specialist Not for Profit team with the appointment of Carol Rudge as Head…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

3rd March 2021

Today’s budget: a short term recovery plan, but more detail to come… [UPDATED]

This Government has grappled with the largest deficit since World War Two and the need for a clear Covid recovery plan in this Budget. It…

2nd March 2021

HW Fisher announces four Partner promotions

HW Fisher, the top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm has today announced the promotion of four new Partners to bolster its partnership team. As of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

29th January 2021

Business Interruption Insurance: what does the Supreme Court’s judgment mean for businesses?

The landmark Business Interruption Insurance court case came to an end this month as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of small businesses forced to…

27th January 2021

No self-assessment late filing penalty for those who file online by 28 February

HMRC has this week announced there will be no late filing penalty for those who file their self-assessment tax returns online by 28 February, removing…

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…

11th January 2021

HW Fisher provides due diligence for MagiClick’s acquisition of financial services specialist Dock9

MagiClick, a leading provider of digital technology and design capabilities with a strong presence across Turkey and the MENA region, announces its acquisition of Dock9…

8th January 2021

Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

After months of negotiations, the UK and European Union finally agreed a deal that will define their future relationship, which has come into effect as…

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…

5th January 2021

Less than a month to go until self-assessment – avoid these common mistakes!

On the 5th of January 2021, HMRC confirmed 55% of Self-Assessment customers have already filed their return. We are urging those who still haven’t completed…

5th January 2021

The Chancellor must now prioritise solving the relationship between Landlords and Tenants

Commenting on the latest financial support measures announced by the Chancellor today, Russell Nathan, head of our Hospitality team says: “The latest support offered today…

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…

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…

14th December 2020

Where there is a challenge, there is opportunity! Reflections on 2020

2020 has been a year unlike any other. It has been a challenge for all of us, in all walks of professional and private lives,…

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…

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…

8th December 2020

Future of hospitality – navigating prolonged uncertainty

It’s been a difficult year for our clients and friends in the hospitality industry. Businesses across the sector have had to push the boundaries of…

27th November 2020

Are you virtual Christmas party ready?

Some good festive news to end on this month. There was some speculation that HMRC would not give the green light for UK employers to take advantage…

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…

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…

25th November 2020

Accounting Implications of Covid-19 Support Under FRS102 [UPDATED]

With so many different loans and grants available to businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic there are many new challenges in how to account for the…

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…

18th November 2020

Covid-19: Top 10 considerations when it comes to protecting your business against fraud

Covid-19 changed the way we work overnight. And as we rapidly pivoted to working from home, the pandemic also changed the environment for criminals to…

11th November 2020

More help on its way for the self-employed! The SEISS scheme explained.

Following the announcement of a second lockdown, the government have announced an extension of the self-employed income support scheme. This scheme received praise during the…

5th November 2020

Furlough scheme extended until March – reaction from HW Fisher

Commenting on the announcements made by The Chancellor on an extension to furlough today, Simon Michaels, partner at accountancy firm HW Fisher said: Businesses will…

5th November 2020

All change! (again) – an overview of changes to Government support packages

We have lost count of the number of changes and announcements from The Chancellor that have been made since March. With the support available in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

26th October 2020

The Chancellor’s latest support scheme – an FAQ

The latest Government measures come just weeks after the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan and Extension to the Job Support Scheme. With the support available in…

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…

22nd October 2020

Chancellor’s revised measures: It’s a big ask for employers to fund a ‘redundant workforce’

Commenting on the revised measures announced by The Chancellor today, Simon Michaels, CEO of Business Solutions at accountancy firm HW Fisher said: “This is clearly…

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…

15th October 2020

Tier 2 lockdown measures catastrophic for the hospitality industry

Commenting on the Tier 2 restrictions announced today, Russell Nathan, head of hospitality, said: “The tier 2 lockdown measures announced today will be catastrophic for…

14th October 2020

Covid-19 Support Schemes come to an end – what happens next?

Two of the Covid-19 funding schemes introduced by government to support businesses are coming to an end, with claim deadlines approaching this month. The second…

14th October 2020

Job Support Scheme Extension – your questions answered

The new measures come just two weeks after the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan, where he announced the Job Support Scheme – billed at the time…

9th October 2020

The Chancellor’s local furlough scheme – initial reactions from HW Fisher

Commenting on the announcements made by The Chancellor on furlough changes today, Russell Nathan, head of hospitality at accountancy firm HW Fisher said: “It’s a…

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…

24th September 2020

The Chancellor’s Winter Support Package – initial reactions from HW Fisher

Commenting on the announcements made by The Chancellor on a winter support package today, Simon Michaels, CEO of HW Fisher Business Solutions said: “It’s a…

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…

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…

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…

23rd September 2020

New curfew for hospitality is another blow to the industry

Russell Nathan, hospitality expert at accountancy firm HW Fisher comments: “This announcement is another blow to the struggling hospitality industry, who have been patient and…

23rd September 2020

Covid-19 recovery: make the most of additional funding available

Among some of the various Covid-19 recovery schemes introduced by government to support businesses, is a new, little known, fund of £20 million from which…

15th September 2020

High Court – Business Interruption Insurance – businesses must now pay attention

Commenting on the decision made by the High Court today on the landmark Business Interruption Insurance case, Rafi Saville, forensic partner at accountancy firm HW…

26th August 2020

Q&A: All you need to know about the Business Interruption Insurance court case

Nearly 400,000 small businesses are waiting to see if insurers will be forced to pay out on their business interruption policies after a landmark High…

24th August 2020

Reverse charge VAT on construction services

The new VAT reverse charge for construction services comes into force on 1st March 2021.  It applies to certain supplies of construction services by construction…

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…

12th August 2020

Guidance for charities entering the second half of 2020

As we enter the second half of 2020, it is important for charities to take stock of best practices, and to lay a strong foundation…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

15th July 2020

Post-lockdown divorce – why you need an expert

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many people, with the monotony of working from home, the anxieties and frustrations of childcare and…

8th July 2020

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement – initial reaction from HW Fisher

VAT should be reduced for the hospitality sector for a minimum of two years – January isn’t enough time to create long term certainty Our…

30th June 2020

Managing a responsible recovery

2020 marked the beginning of what the UN called the decade of delivery, the 10 years where governments, institutions and individuals would work with intent…

25th June 2020

A step in the right direction for hospitality but more to do

Russell Nathan, senior partner at top accountancy firm HW Fisher comments on the recent hospitality news: “Our restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels are struggling. Health…

25th June 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Flexible Furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will enter its second phase on 1 July. From this date, it will be possible to “flexibly” furlough employees…

16th June 2020

Jason Steinberg joins HW Fisher as corporate tax partner

HW Fisher, the top 25 chartered accountancy practice, has bolstered its corporate tax division with the appointment of Jason Steinberg as partner. Originally a trainee…

4th June 2020

Guidance for charities on serious incident reporting during Covid-19

The Charity Commission has provided guidance on what trustees need to consider in reporting serious incidents during and linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Having reviewed…

3rd June 2020

Extension of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grant

Along with an extension to the assistance for employers in the form of the flexible furlough scheme, the Chancellor has announced a second, if smaller,…

3rd June 2020

Phase 2 of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): A guide

After weeks of supporting businesses through lockdown, the Government is now assisting employers in easing their employees back into work as the restrictions are relaxed.…

1st June 2020

Authors’ tax trap – incorporations that go wrong

Our Authors & Journalists team advises writers on whether they would benefit by operating through a limited company. Care is needed as there can be…

26th May 2020

Covid-19: Exemption for reimbursed home office equipment

It has been confirmed by the Treasury minister that organisations reimbursing staff for equipment purchased that enables them to work from home during the pandemic…