Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses.(more…) Read More
Accountants, as a breed, are fans of efficiency. We tend to appreciate optimised systems and abhor waste, whether it’s time, effort or resources being frittered away.
The concept of efficiency as we know it today is a product of the industrial revolution. That’s when engineers and manufacturers became obsessed with squeezing out maximum profit by the smart use of new machinery and the automation of processes.
When you supply goods and services, you expect to be paid, and promptly, but Britain has a deeply embedded culture of late payments. Indeed, for some businesses, delaying payment is an essential part of the business model. (more…)Read More
It has been a challenging and eventful three years for UK businesses with a series of high-profile incidents highlighting how situations can change suddenly and often without warning.
From the continued pressure of uncertainty relating to Brexit, terrorism, fire, extreme weather and cyber-attacks, how would your business cope if it was affected by something similar?
As the clock continues to tick down to the 29 March 2019, when the UK is scheduled to officially leave the EU at 11pm, there is still much uncertainty around what Brexit will mean for UK business. (more…)Read More
If there’s one thing that keeps us awake at night it’s the thought of how many British businesses are failing to claim capital allowances to which they are entitled – worth billions of pounds across the board, according to some estimates.
Capital allowances provide the mechanism for tax relief on certain types of capital expenditure (the purchase of assets such as office furniture, or equipment) essentially providing a deduction against profits. (more…)Read More
My client has a member of staff with long-established care responsibilities and wants to know how they can support the individual?
This months edition includes:
– ‘Raise the VAT threshold to stimulate SME growth’
– SMEs miss out on business savings interest
– Calls increase for reform of ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy
– Working pensioners pay £8.6bn in income tax
The company provides some employees with Company cars that are hybrids. The employees are also provided with fuel cards that are available for their private use and receive a fuel Benefit in Kind in relation to the car. However, the cars are plugged in and charged at home can the employer offset this cost against the fuel Benefit in Kind?… (more…)Read More
Despite year-on-year tax rises, company cars remain a popular benefit. While the tax cost of expensive high-emission cars can be eye-watering, by choosing carefully it’s possible to enjoy the convenience that comes with a company car for a relatively low tax cost. So, as the new tax year gathers steam, what’s changed for 2018/19?Read More
Companies can fail for several reasons and, for the most part, these aren’t the result of wrongdoing by the directors. For this reason, it’s perfectly legal to start a new company after an old one has become insolvent.
However, there are a number of rules that surround carrying on a similar business through a new company after the original company has gone into insolvency. (more…)Read More
Most employers choose to recognise the ongoing commitment made by their members of staff by providing various benefits and rewards.
Whether that’s in the form of the Christmas party or it extends to benefits such as a cash bonus or flextime, it all helps to ensure employees feel valued and motivated. (more…)Read More