BR Blog

We're all about communication at Barnes Roffe, especially when it comes to our clients and contacts: existing or potential. For this reason we have set up our 'Blog Spot'. To help you to get to know our team, recognise our motivations and more importantly feel confident in the strategies we promote.We post here regularly, to help give you the insight and understanding you need to take every market change in your stride.

May 07, 2015

Top of the Tax

We recently had the last Budget of the Coalition Government and the Parliamentary term has drawn to a close. The five year term has flashed by and it all began with the Emergency Budget back in June 2010.
April 21, 2015

Company size and audit thresholds – is change as good as a rest?

During a recent meeting to discuss a company’s accounting and tax requirements, I was advised that the company required an audit as it had increased turnover for the last year.
April 13, 2015

A “one size fits all” corporation tax rate

I’ve been an accountant for almost 16 years now. In that time there has always been one rate of corporation tax for companies with larger profits and another (lower) rate of tax for those with smaller profits.
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.
March 02, 2015

There may be trouble ahead

The Stamp Duty Land Tax amendments in George Osbourne’s 2014 Autumn Statement caused an unprecedented frenzy to rush through the sale of high value properties, particularly in London and the South East. The new rules meant that there would be significant increases in Stamp Duty for properties exchanging for more than £937,000.
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 19, 2015

Are we leading up to a state-controlled Great Britain?

It was announced by George Osborne in his last Budget that HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) will have powers to collect unpaid tax directly from the bank accounts of debtors, including from ISA accounts.
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