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7th June 2015 Exit Planning

Plant Hire Business: Sale successfully agreed. This plant hire business owner had unexpectedly taken over as managing director of this long established company five years ago, following her husband’s death. Since then she had reorganised the business and improved profitability, but had decided it was now time to retire. Whitings marketed the company for sale…

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6th June 2015 Share Valuation Test Case

Mr & Mrs Foulser v HMRC: interesting test case on valuing shares in unquoted company. Business owners may only have to value shares in their family company on a few occasions during their lifetime (eg for commercial share transfers, gifts or capital taxes calculations), but the numbers involved are likely to be material. So a…

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4th June 2015 Modern Record Keeping

Business Book-keeping: Waiting for a ‘cloudy’ day? No matter what size your business is, it is a legal requirement to keep all records and documents if you need to complete a tax return. Failure to do so could lead to penalties of up to £3,000 if HMRC check your records. In addition to the legal…

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3rd June 2015 Growth Finance

Santander: Now offering specialist growth finance for TechCo’s Santander have signalled their appetite to lend to the Technology sector by establishing a dedicated £200m growth capital fund, marketed under their ‘Breakthrough’ banner. This is specifically designated to bridge the funding gap faced by fast growing SME’s. Funds borrowed from this source must be used to finance…

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15th May 2015 HMRC Intelligence

HMRC “Connect” System: Big brother is watching you ! HMRC is gathering an increasing amount of data from a variety of sources about taxpayers using its “Connect” system. Since 2010 HMRC has collected information from organisations such as the banks, the DVLA, local authorities and foreign tax jurisdictions, and uses it to build up a…

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12th May 2015 New EIS

EIS Relief: HMRC publish new procedures. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is introducing new processes to help manage applications for advance assurance and EIS compliance statements from companies for investments made on or after 6 April 2015 that fall outside certain limits. With immediate effect, HMRC will not process advance assurance applications in respect of…

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1st May 2015 Charity Audit Legislation

Charities: Changes to audit exemption thresholds. Changes to charity audit thresholds came into force on 31 March 2015, aimed at reducing the regulatory burden for charities. They include increasing the basic audit threshold from £500,000 to £1 million, meaning less charities will be required to subject their accounts to a statutory audit. Those charities can instead…

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23rd March 2015 Transferrable Personal Allowance

As long as we both shall live: I promise to share my personal allowance with you.. From April 2015, Finance Act 2014 allows spouses and civil partners who cannot claim the married couples allowance (therefore those born on or after 6 April 1935) to transfer a fixed amount of their personal allowance to each other to…

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23rd March 2015 Tax Enquiry Risk Mitigation

Tax Investigation Insurance: premiums for 2015-16 policy year Premiums wef 1 April 2015: Limited companies with turnover > £10m …… £525 Limited companies with turnover < £10m …… £180 Partnerships and LLP’s ……………………………. £150 Sole traders ……………………………………………. £100 Our tax investigation insurance business is administered from our Bury St Edmunds office(Contact: Jill Holt).

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3rd March 2015 MBO Exit for Jet-Setter

Whitings aid business sale deal for jet-setting client. The corporate finance team at Whiting & Partners, specialists in advising on the acquisition and sale of SME businesses, have recently helped their client to ‘jet off’ on the next stage of his business career. The deal was led by Chris Kelly, partner at the Suffolk-based firm.…

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