Ian Piper (Ely)

As an experienced chartered accountant, Ian heads up the business client division at our Ely office, where he is a resident partner. He helps clients run, improve and exit their SME businesses. As a self-confessed 'techie', he has developed a particular interest towards tech companies.

Outside of work, now that his rugby playing days are behind him, he tries to stay fit through running and kayaking.

 
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18th May 2020 Covid-19: Companies House dissolutions now put on hold

Like many Government departments, Companies House have relaxed various compliance requirements to support businesses to get through this Covid-19 period. In their latest announcement, they are making the following temporary changes to their strike off policies:   Voluntary (Form DS01 submitted) Strike Off Applications – Process halted after notice published in London Gazette. Automatic Dissolutions…

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21st April 2020 Future Fund: New COVID-19 Support for Innovative Companies

As part of it`s support package for UK businesses during COVID-19, the Government have now launched, through the British Business Bank, a new initiative: Future Fund. This is aimed at helping businesses that regularly finance their operations through successive equity funding rounds (ie start-up TechCo`s).   Eligibility criteria: UK based businesses which have been operating…

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14th April 2020 Home Working: What expenses can employees reclaim?

As a consequence of the Covid-19 lock down, most employees who are able to work from home, and who have not been furloughed, are now working from their private study, spare bedroom, dining room table, etc. So what home expenses can these employees reclaim, tax free, from their employer:   Supply of a mobile phone…

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30th March 2020 Coronavirus Related VAT Deferral: Cancel DD with Bank

It is fairly well publicised now that as part of the Government’s financial support package for businesses during this Coronavirus outbreak, these businesses can, if they wish, defer their next VAT payment(s) (those due between 20 March and 30 June 2020). Interest and penalties will not be charged on such a deferral. What was not…

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11th March 2020 Budget 2020: What’s in it for TechCo’s?

As Chancellor Rishi Sunak sits down after presenting his first Budget to the Commons, the headlines will all relate to tackling Coronavirus and increased spending on our public services. Reading the small print, however, which is released by HMRC straight after the Budget, announcements that will be of interest to clients running technology companies include:…

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22nd November 2019 2019 Growth: Missing in action?

(Data Source) As another year draws to a close, local SME businesses will be forgiven for looking forward to drawing a line under it. With 2019 sales growth barely nudging 1%, it has been a year of focusing on not slipping backwards, rather than the usual mantra of continually signing up new accounts.  When commentators…

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1st October 2019 New Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules: Y/N?

Readers, particularly knowledge based contractors working through their own personal service companies, will hopefully now be familiar with the new ‘off-payroll working’ tax rules being introduced in the private sector on 1 April 2020. These are being introduced as part of the Government’s general strategy over recent years to eliminate tax avoidance, tax evasion, and…

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23rd August 2019 31-Oct Brexit: How can SME’s prepare for no-deal?

As we edge ever closer to what looks more and more likely to be a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, SME business owners should now be readying their businesses.   There is clearly no certainty over quite how affected we shall all be by Brexit. However, there are sensible risk management mitigation steps that business owners may wish…

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28th May 2019 Tax Havens: Countries still on the tax ‘Naughty Step’

It will probably be apparent to the casual observer, let alone the business owner or high net worth individual, that the tax climate has changed markedly over the last 10 years. As part of the raft of measures to tackle austerity within western developed nations, with the aim of collecting higher tax revenues, governments have…

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9th April 2019 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC Try to Tackle Abuse

  Many companies, not just those in the tech industry, will have benefitted from the generosity of R&D tax relief. Eligible R&D expenditure can be inflated by a notional 230% uplift, and a refund of tax claimed on tax that was never paid in the first place. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, HMRC have identified abuses of…

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