Yearly Archives: 2014

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Helpline hell as taxman admits service is not good enough

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People who phone HM Revenue & Customs can be put on hold for more than 40 minutes, or simply cut off, according to damning research published by the consumer group Which?. This is in the run-up to the self-assessment tax return deadline … Continue reading

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Concerned about the new stamp duty?

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In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor, George Osborne, reformed stamp duty on home purchases, which will be more along the lines of the system due to be introduced in Scotland. The changes came into effect midnight 3rd December. But, what do … Continue reading

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Tax break for start-up angels

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In the autumn statement, the chancellor announced plans to make it easier for companies and investors to take advantage of tax relief available from the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) by allowing them to register online from … Continue reading

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The importance of digital skills for SMEs – Sir Richard Branson talks

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This week’s article is from Sir Richard Branson, who featured in the Media Planet supplement of The Guardian, 21/11/2014. Sir Branson gives advice to startups and small and medium-sized companies about the necessity of using technology to aid growth and … Continue reading

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Apprentices can bring dynamism, enthusiasm and government grants – but what of provider bureaucracy?

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The goal of the government’s drive to persuade small and medium-sized companies to take on unqualified youngsters is to tackle youth unemployment. This year it was announced that a further £170m had been set aside for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme … Continue reading

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‘Unlocking’ cash in wealthy companies balance sheets

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Debates have spurred and calls for action have been made to help start-ups gain investment and know-how from cash-rich giants. The corporate venture scheme, which offered tax breaks to wealthy companies that backed smaller ventures, was scrapped four years ago. However, … Continue reading

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George Osborne issues annual tax statements

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Chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne has announced that as of Monday 3rd November, 24 million people will receive a personalised breakdown of how their tax contribution has been spent by the government. The annual tax statements, announced by the Chancellor in March … Continue reading

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Can entertainment costs ever be tax deductible?

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There is a fine line between promoting your company to potential customers and providing business entertainment, but the difference is important. Costs involving advertising are tax deductible whilst those in providing entertainment are not. Although this is the format that … Continue reading

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