Entries by Mani Kauren

Insider May 2019

MPs call for break-up of Big Four’s accountancy services The UK’s largest accountancy firms should be split into audit and non-audit businesses, according to recommendations from a Government committee. The Big Four accountancy giants conduct 97% of large companies’ audits, while also supplying those companies with other accountancy services. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy […]

Accounting For Charities

An overview of accountancy issues in the third sector. If you’re in charge of running a charity, you will know how it differs from operating a business and how its motives and goals vary. Non-profit organisations are treated very differently under the law, and managing a charity’s accounts can offer some unique challenges as a […]

Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning

How to minimise disruption in your business. It has been a challenging and eventful three years for UK businesses with a series of high-profile incidents highlighting how situations can change suddenly and often without warning. From the continued pressure of uncertainty relating to Brexit, terrorism, fire, extreme weather and cyber-attacks, how would your business cope […]

Insider April 2019

Government consults on new stamp duty surcharge The Government is considering introducing a new stamp duty surcharge, which is designed to clamp down on overseas wealth being used to buy homes in England. Ministers have expressed concerns that affluent foreign investors, particularly those buying properties in London, have been driving up house prices for domestic […]

Personal Tax Planning

What you need to know for 2019/20. With the Brexit process rumbling on, Making Tax Digital finally coming into force, and Easter around the corner, now is the time to put your financial plans in place for 2019/20. Income The way you receive an income, and the rates and allowances that apply, should be at […]

Registering For Making Tax Digital For VAT

MTD zero-hour is here. The moment has come: if your business has a taxable turnover above the VAT-registration threshold, which is currently £85,000, you’re now obliged to keep records in digital form and to file your VAT returns using HMRC-approved software. You probably got a bit fed up of being reminded about the deadline for […]

Spring Statement 2019

INTRODUCTION Once again, Chancellor Philip Hammond has demonstrated his commitment to the principle of the Spring Statement as a low-key event, at least in terms of tax and public spending announcements. With none of the pomp and circumstance of the Autumn Budget, Hammond stuck in large part to summarising key points from the updated economic […]

Insider March 2019

HMRC error hits early-paying self-assessment taxpayers HMRC admitted an error which saw hundreds of early-paying taxpayers wrongly issued with late-payment notices before the deadline for self-assessment tax returns. The deadline for 2017/18 self-assessment submissions and any tax owed came and went at midnight on 31 January 2019, with £100 penalties in place for not filing […]

Preparing Businesses For Leaving The EU

What can your firm do before 29 March 2019? As the clock continues to tick down to the 29 March 2019, when the UK is scheduled to officially leave the EU at 11pm, there is still much uncertainty around what Brexit will mean for UK business. What is certain is that it will bring change […]

The Politics of Tax Breaks

How did we end up with such a complex system of tax reliefs? If there’s one thing accountants love, it’s identifying obscure tax reliefs to which you may be entitled and using them to reduce your tax bills. Tax reliefs, or tax breaks as they are sometimes called, aren’t without controversy, however. There are too […]