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.

March 11, 2013

A simple – but powerful tool

I was reminded recently how useful the ‘back to basics’ break-even model is – as a tool to assist in the understanding of a business’s underlying performance and profitability.
February 27, 2013

Case study: incorporation of an unincorporated property business

Senior Partner’s (b)log – Star-Date 27 February 2013 Hello again, dear reader.  I have neglected you, for which I apologise.  I have been persuaded to return to print to reveal some of the interesting matters that have been occupying my time of late.
February 22, 2013

Can an employer be held responsible for its employees’ actions?

The recent case of Vaickuviene and others v J Sainsbury Plc shows that employers must be aware of how their employees are behaving and if necessary take strong action to safeguard employee safety. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 prohibits the pursuit of a “course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another”.
February 21, 2013

Too much information!

A new client recently asked me if there was any way that they could disclose less information in their accounts.  All limited companies in the UK are required to file their accounts at Companies House annually.  Once filed, upon payment of a very small fee or subscription, those accounts are available for anyoneto see.
February 08, 2013

Auto Enrolment – what does it mean for you?

With the government’s plan to get 11m more people saving towards retirement now in full swing, what does this mean for the 1.2m smaller businesses across the UK? The process, which started with employers of over 120,000 staff in October 2012, will affect all businesses which employ “jobholders”, no matter how few.
January 18, 2013

Real Time Information (RTI)

Most employers will need to report under Real Time Information from April 2013.  Ultimately this will prevent fraudulent delaying of PAYE payments as firms who ‘forget’ to pay their PAYE will now need to declare what PAYE should have been deducted.
January 16, 2013

Just what IS tax avoidance?

Imagine that you’re a businessman, your business is in Near Town but you fancy a trip to do business in Farsville.  You’re not sure how to get there so you see an advisor who tells you there are three different roads; a coastal one, an inland one and one through tunnels in the mountains.
December 04, 2012 – the tax scandal

The recent press coverage of the tax rates paid by large international businesses might lead one to believe that HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) are either: (a) Powerless to fight back against large international businesses who pay little or no tax in the UK or (b) Witless and incompetent. The balanced reality is somewhat different.
November 30, 2012

Is your website going to get the best out of Christmas?

With the holidays fast approaching, stores along Oxford Street have already set up their festive window displays. We all think to decorate our homes and offices, and stores are expected to get shoppers through the door on the strength of their themed displays, interweaving fairytale with small appliances.
November 27, 2012

HMRC pushing the boundaries….?

It emerged recently that the H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is sending letters directly to around 1,500 people who have signed up to a particular tax avoidance scheme.
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