Category Archives: General

April 07, 2015

Kill “Tax” Bill Vol. 1

Employee benefits and expenses are often complicated because they are taxed in different ways making the choice for both employee and employer just as complicated. Certain taxable benefits can be “tax free” by virtue of available arrangements between the employer and H M Revenue & Customs under so called dispensations or PAYE settlement agreements (‘PSA’).
March 30, 2015

Basket of goods in 2015 to measure UK inflation

Inflation affects the value of the pound in your pocket and every year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reviews its basket of goods and services which are used to measure the rate of inflation in the UK.
March 25, 2015

New pension rules – Pension Wise Government guidance website launched

The new pension rules come into effect on 6 April – and the Government have recently launched their guidance website www.pensionwise.gov.uk, backed up by a full media ‘Pension Wise’ advertising campaign.
March 09, 2015

Nappy Wars

Why do Procter & Gamble want to increase their market share of nappies and why should you and your business care? To answer these questions I will start with a new phrase: big data. This is a term generally used to describe datasets so large and complex that traditional data processing is inadequate.
February 24, 2015

Companies House “Notice of overdue accounts”

Based on recent correspondence, it would appear that Companies House’s automated notice letters are being sent slightly prematurely. We have had numerous incidences whereby a client company has received a “Notice of overdue accounts” letter, even though accounts have been filed before the filing due date.
February 10, 2015

Gift Aid Payments

Don’t forget to claim! Tax relief! In preparing for our first house move after 23 years my wife and I found many things that we no longer required.
February 02, 2015

The Hobbit, (broken) promises and ‘Arry…

After promising my wife that yesterday would be ‘Hobbit Sunday’ (we have been married 10 years and ‘Football Sunday’ was out of the question, or so I was told!), I thought it would be a good time for the mind to wander and reflect on those (broken) promises made just over a month ago.
January 28, 2015

Many Happy Returns

Today marks an important milestone for one of Barnes Roffe’s senior partners, as (despite all his efforts to conceal the fact from the rest of us) Allan Cheason has turned 60! Allan joined Barnes Roffe back in 1982 – a year remembered for the Falklands War, the raising of the Mary Rose, and, of course,. . .
January 19, 2015

The inflation paradox

A recent major announcement has been the fall in inflation to 0.5% – a level not seen since May 2000.
January 05, 2015

Shape up for 2015

It’s that time of year when we are all hoping we will be able to stick to our New Year’s resolutions.  According to a recent survey, five of the top ten resolutions made were health-related, be it to exercise more, eat healthier or quit smoking.
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