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.

June 05, 2013


HMRC have denied targeting local sports clubs after a small town cricket club was sent a tax bill of over £14,000. Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club, an amateur Hertfordshire team with an annual income of around £21,000, received the bill after the Revenue carried out a review of the club’s tax affairs in 2012.
May 31, 2013

Tax Freedom Day 2013

If you felt a spring in your step on 30th May it might have been because that was “Tax Freedom Day” for 2013. I’ve discussed this in earlier years but it’s worth another visit.
May 17, 2013

HMRC enquiries and fee protection cover

We have recently started offering and speaking to our clients about professional fee protection insurance and have seen a fairly encouraging uptake, but not in all cases! I recently met with a long standing and respected client and was quite taken aback when he claimed that “if you chaps had done your job properly in. . .
May 07, 2013

Are your competitors’ and customers’ accounts really as good as first appears?

Every so often I am asked by a client to cast my eye over a set of accounts for them, usually that of a new or existing customer that has asked for credit, but sometimes for competitors or key suppliers.
May 01, 2013

George’s big plan to get us investing in the future

It’s not often that the powers that be see fit to give companies a generous tax break, but it sometimes happens. Announced last year and in effect January 2013-15 all companies can now purchase £250,000 of business assets for use in the business, and receive full tax relief that year.
April 25, 2013

Don’t let the pace of technology outrun your data protection policies

The recent news of the death of Margaret Thatcher brought back to mind my memories of her election to parliament.  As a schoolboy (I am 45 years old now) it was clearly a historical event.
April 02, 2013

Financial Statements – Business Reviews – they needn’t be a chore

The purpose of the Business Review (‘Review’) is to add further substance to a company’s financial statements and inform the users of those financial statements about the events that have happened during the company’s financial year just gone and to inform the stakeholders of the company about future prospects – you could say that the. . .
March 21, 2013

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think…

Senior Partner’s (b)log – Star-Date 21 March 2013 Dear reader  write this Blog after having heard the Chancellor’s Budget speech and after having digested some of the detailed that has been published by HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs.
March 19, 2013

Crooked tax advisors beware!

A change in the law will mean that from 1 April, civil penalties for persons who act dishonestly with a view to bringing about a tax loss while acting as a tax agent will be brought into effect. Penalties from a £5,000 minimum to £50,000 maximum can be applied.
March 14, 2013

Don’t be Paranoid about saving tax!

Despite all the “bad press” for multinational companies and high profile individuals in recent months, the fact remains that every individual in the UK has the right to certain tax exemptions and allowances which will help reduce their individual tax bills and in my opinion each one of us should take full advantage of these!. . .
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