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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

31st March 2020

Claiming a grant under the Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme – advice for authors

You can use this scheme if you’re self-employed as an individual or in a partnership and have lost income because of coronavirus. You can apply…

26th March 2020

Covid-19 – Advice for Authors

We’re living through unprecedented times; it’s not going to be easy and we are all going to have to work together to get through it.…

4th March 2020

Authors and Their Loan Out Companies

Many authors channel their income through limited companies but they have to be operated correctly and it is usually best to seek professional advice. Sometimes…

11th February 2020

HW Fisher has partnered with Curtis Brown Creative to provide a fully funded place on their brand new screenwriting course

In a new partnership with HW Fisher, Curtis Brown Creative has announced a scholarship enabling one writer of limited financial means to join their first…

3rd September 2019

Paying Tax on Prizes, Grants and Awards – Advice for Authors

In light of the Booker-prize shortlist this week, we put together some top advice for authors when it comes to tax on prizes, grants and…

Raj Gadawala HW Fisher

7th May 2019

Raj Gadawala


Andy Levett HW Fisher

1st May 2019

Andy Levett


Vivien Phung HW Fisher

1st May 2019

Vivien Phung


Tim Walford-Fitzgerald HW Fisher

1st May 2019

Tim Walford-Fitzgerald


Kamal Shah HW Fisher

1st May 2019

Kamal Shah


Rafi Saville HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Rafi Saville


Martin Taylor HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Martin Taylor


Chris Pistillides HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Chris Pitsillides


Barry Kernon HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Barry Kernon


Andrew Subramaniam HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Andrew Subramaniam


Ajay Jassal - HW Fisher

24th April 2019

Ajay Jassal


2nd April 2019

Tax FAQs for authors

Q: What are the most common mistakes on tax returns? The most common error is to show income after the deduction of agent’s commission and…

7th January 2019

A miscellany of hints, tips and wrinkles for writers based in the UK

UK writers have to cope with income tax, national insurance, sometimes VAT, and record-keeping. This may seem overwhelming at times and professional advice can be…

2nd January 2019

Capital allowances: a guide for authors

Capital allowances let you claim tax relief on capital expenditure. Relief is available on items such as computers, office furniture and equipment, reference library, vehicles…

17th December 2018

Author expenses – a checklist

It's important to know what expenses you can claim as an author; it may be more than you think, especially if you use your home…

8th January 2018

Making tax digital: Taxing transformations

Remember the plans for quarterly tax returns? Simon Whaley finds out what writers need to do now, in preparation.

23rd March 2017

Spotlight on… Kate Lyall Grant

We speak to our client, publisher Kate Lyall Grant of Severn House Publishers.