Accountancy Blog

Our accountancy blog is updated monthly with our opinions on a variety of issues affecting our clients and the industry sectors we cover.

Reasons to be Cheerful in Farming

There seems to be many reasons at present, perhaps even more than usual, to feel a bit down. These include uncertainties caused by the Brexit debate, low commodity prices, growing bureaucracy, the impact of land reform political interference in our lives generally. As well as of course the perennial weather which seems to get more […]

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Extra Stamp Duty for Second Homes

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement in November 2015 that he would be introducing new rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of buy to let properties or second homes. At the end of December the government launched a consultation paper which revealed the proposed details of the regime. SDLT does not […]

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Is a ‘Zero Hours Contract’ ever appropriate?

‘Zero hours contracts’ have been in the news recently, with employers being criticised for using these contracts inappropriately and, in some cases, using exclusivity clauses. What is a Zero Hours Contract? Generally speaking, a zero hours contract the employer does not guarantee the individual any hours of work. The employer offers the individual work when […]

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Reduced Lifetime Allowance – is your pension in danger of being affected?

From April 2016, the lifetime allowance will fall from £1.25 million to £1 million. The lifetime allowance is the maximum that can be built up in a pension over a working life and receive tax relief. Any savings in excess of the lifetime allowance will be subject to a tax charge of up to 55 […]

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Initial Interpretation of Budget 2016

Arguably, it is likely the surprise ‘Sugar Tax’ will be the most talked about initiative in the most recent budget but below are what we believe to be the summarised highlights from the budget delivered by Chancellor George Osborne on 16 March 2016. Much of the detail is still to be set out in the […]

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