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9th June 2017 Ransomware advice for charities

Many organisations across 150 countries, including our own NHS, have been hit by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities  exploited by the hackers are the same for charities, individuals and public or private sector businesses. The Charity Commission is encouraging charities to follow protection advice released by the City of London Police and the National…

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5th June 2017 R&D Claims: Is HMRC advance assurance a good idea?

In a bid to give companies more certainty over whether or not their R&D claim will be successful, HMRC introduced an advance assurance process in November 2015. If you pass this new test, HMRC will agree not to enquire into your R&D claims for the first 3 accounting periods of claiming this relief. So is…

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18th May 2017 General Election

General Election: Which manifesto helps TechCo’s ? With the 8 June general election fast approaching, directors of technology companies will be scanning the main manifestos to consider which party is potentially offering the most useful new policies for their business: Conservatives (link to 84 page manifesto) Running a balanced budget by the middle of the…

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2nd May 2017 Anderson’s present Farming Seminar in Ely

Once again we held our annual Farming Seminar, on the morning of Wednesday 26th April at the Maltings in Ely. Graham Redman and Michael Haverty of The Andersons Centre once again updated us on the state of UK agriculture. Graham and Michael provided some interesting DEFRA statistics with an overview of how each segment of the agricultural…

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25th April 2017 Charity accounts do not meet the required standard

A significant number of charity accounts fail to explain how the charity is meeting its objectives, while many do not meet basic standards for users, particularly in the very smallest charities, according to research from the Charity Commission.   Of a recent sample, 54% of charities did not meet the public benefit reporting requirement. Some…

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29th March 2017 Tax Relief Restriction

Buy-to-let Mortgages: Tax relief restrictions soon to commence. The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) issued a press release today reminding residential property landlords that the first phase of the restriction of tax relief for mortgage interest commences in April. The change means that finance costs (including mortgage interest) will no longer be deductible in full…

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27th March 2017 Whitings’ Annual Farming Seminar

Invitation: Prospects for UK Agriculture. Once again agriculture is facing many changes and challenges. In order for us all to try and understand the many factors affecting us we have again engaged Andersons, the Farm Business Consultants, to present to us their “Prospects for UK Agriculture” Seminar, on Wednesday 26 April 2017. We are pleased,…

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12th March 2017 New Flat Rate VAT Rules

Contractors: New flat rate VAT rules (Limited Cost Traders) HMRC has released updated guidance regarding changes to the flat rate VAT scheme which come into effect on 1 April 2017. The advantage gained by using the flat rate scheme is going to be restricted for ‘limited cost businesses’. A limited cost business is one whose…

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10th March 2017 IR35 in the Public Sector

HMRC: Finally release new Employment Status tool. The new public sector IR35 assessment rules come into effect on 6 April 2017 and contractors have been concerned that they are unable to confirm their IR35 status. HMRC has now released its long awaited online Employment Status Tool. The tool is available to contractors, engagers and agencies…

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9th March 2017 Budget 2017

What’s in it for Technology Companies? Philip Hammond’s first Spring Budget announced a handful of steady-as-she-goes measures. The new announcements that will catch the eye of technology companies include: From 6-Apr-18, the tax free allowance for personal dividend income will reduce from £5k to £2k pa, For tax advantaged share schemes: clarifying the EIS and SEIS…

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