Jones Harris just missed out from the sweet taste of victory last week, ending just one answer away from a winning quiz result at a charity event. On Thursday 28 June 2018 we took two teams of quizzers to the Glass House at Staining Lodge Golf Course. Our colleagues at Handelsbanken had arranged the event to […]

I love July. Warm weather, light mornings and evenings, even my gardening efforts seeming to succeed. So why the July Blues? In my job, you have to keep an eye on the wider world. Whether it’s the Trump and Kim show, Italian Politics (which makes ours look relatively straightforward), or the latest in tariffs and trade […]

Dates and deadlines for this month and August: 1 July 2018 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 September 2017. 6 July 2018 – Complete and submit forms P11D return of benefits and expenses and P11D(b) return of Class 1A NICs. 19 July 2018 – Pay Class 1A NICs (by […]

Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any balance of remuneration as dividends. This tends to reduce National Insurance Contributions (NIC), and in some cases income tax. The planning strategy is to pay a salary at a level that qualifies the director for state benefits, including the state pension, but does not involve payment […]

Whether you pay income tax or National Insurance, the effect on your cash flow is the same. The payments are a necessary part of our obligation to fund the activities of State, but the self-employed are often surprised that their bi-annual tax payments cover both “taxes” – NIC and income tax. The weekly NIC Class […]

A reminder that from April 2019, HMRC’s much vaunted Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme will apply to certain businesses. The April 2019 launch will only apply to VAT registered traders. More specifically, MTD will apply to businesses who have a turnover above the VAT threshold – the smallest businesses will not be required to use […]

It would seem that HMRC is keen to plug the apparent drain from VAT receipts, created when contractors and sub-contractors charge their customers VAT which then goes missing, keeping the VAT for themselves. This is described in legislation as “missing trader fraud”. Their preferred method for dealing with this abuse is to make customers responsible […]

In this instance, hamburgers are the little squat stripes you’ll see on a mobile website to indicate a menu. Google has said that hamburgers are fine to use – although they’re sometimes called accordions! It’s fair to say that the first thing that we all do when we want to know something is reach for […]

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