Ministers confirm a new timetable for Making Tax Digital

Three million of the smallest businesses and landlords will be able to move to the new digital system for keeping tax records at a pace that is right for them, Ministers announced today as they set out the next steps for the Finance Bill. The government has listened to concerns raised by parliamentarians, in particular […]

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Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support

Millions of parents can now pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website. The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs for working […]

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HMRC releases most optimistic Self Assessment expense claims

Glamorous holidays abroad, luxury watches and Friday nights out feature in HMRC’s latest list of the most outlandish expenses which customers tried to claim back on their 2014-15 Self Assessment returns. With a week to go until the 31 January deadline, HMRC is releasing the strangest expenses to ensure other customers don’t make similar claims: […]

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“My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire” is no excuse, says HMRC

Each year HMRC receives a number of unusual excuses from Self Assessment customers who didn’t complete their tax return on time. These include: “My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire” “A wasp in my car caused me to have an accident and my tax return, which was inside, was destroyed” “My wife helps […]

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Christmas opening hours

Our office will close on December 23rd 2016 and will re-open on January 3rd 2017. We wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Come and work with us – we’re hiring!

A full time vacancy in our practice has occurred for a trainee accountant. No experience is necessary but an enthusiasm for learning and an interest in finance is essential. We are a general practice, and as such, the role will allow the successful applicant to gain experience in all areas of accountancy, taxation, audit and […]

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‘I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for five years’: top 10 worst tax return excuses revealed

From broken kitchen appliances, hungry pets and arguments that last five years – some people will stop at nothing to pass the blame for their tardy timekeeping. 1. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them 2. I’m not a paperwork-orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my […]

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REVEALED Top five worst tax return expense claims

With just a week to go until the Self Assessment deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed the top five most outrageous personal expenses claims included in 2013-14 Self Assessment tax returns. The spurious expenses range from furnishing a new flat to the meagre cost of storing Mars Bars overnight in a fridge. Here’s […]

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Come and work with us – we’re hiring!

We’re looking for: A part time personal tax assistant A part time vacancy has arisen in our personal tax department to work alongside our existing tax staff. A knowledge of all aspects of personal taxation, mainly to include the preparation of self assessment tax returns is preferred. Trainee junior accountant A full time vacancy in […]

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How we can help you avoid getting into call centre hell…

New figures show callers have had to wait more than FIVE times longer to get through to HMRC tax helplines this year. Figures show that in March 2014 the average waiting time for a call to HMRC was under three minutes but by March 2015 this had increased to almost 15 minutes. And at peak […]

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