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.

October 15, 2021

‘No jab, no job?’ and other workplace challenges

Now that more employees have been returning to the workplace, employers face several potentially challenging issues. Vaccination is one of the most problematic – businesses may wish to insist on employees being vaccinated, but there is concern that such policies could leave employers open to a legal claim of unfair dismissal or discrimination.
October 08, 2021

Capital gains tax receipts underline tempting target for Chancellor

New HMRC data shows that in 2019/20, £9.9 billion of capital gains tax (CGT) liabilities were created. Source: HMRC In July last year, the Chancellor unexpectedly asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to review “capital gains tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains in relation to individuals and smaller businesses”.
October 01, 2021

New VAT penalties regime on the horizon

The existing penalty regime for VAT returns has the advantage of simplicity, but it’s something of a blunt instrument. The new system coming in for return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2022 will be fairer, but some businesses will find themselves caught up in a complex web of escalating penalties.
September 24, 2021

Are you ready for MTD?

Making Tax Digital for income tax self-assessment may still be 18 months away, but if you are self-employed or a landlord, it is time to get ready for digital record keeping, ahead of the deadline.
September 17, 2021

Managing the end of furlough

After playing a crucial part in managing the impact of Covid-19, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is set to end on 30 September. Although some business sectors, such as hospitality, are currently seeing severe staff shortages, other employers may struggle when furlough is phased out.
September 10, 2021

No room for giveaways in OBR risk report

The Office for Budget Responsibility has given Rishi Sunak its new worry list. It gives the Chancellor little wriggle-room for potential Budget generosity. Every other year the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) must issue a Fiscal Risks Report (FRR).
September 03, 2021

Scammers step-up sophisticated frauds

One side effect of the pandemic has been a surge in scams, with around £535 million reported as lost to investment fraud in the year to April 2021. One investment scam involving a retired detective shows just how sophisticated they can be.
August 27, 2021

Basis period rules among tax changes coming up

Although it looks like the next Budget will be pushed back to spring 2022, several tax changes are already on the cards, some more certain than others. The government’s fast progress with reform of the basis period rules for unincorporated businesses has taken some by surprise.
August 20, 2021

MTD Income Tax pilot

The pilot scheme for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax is now open for self-employed workers and landlords. The scheme becomes mandatory for accounting periods commencing on or after 6 April 2023, so those who join now will get ahead of the game.
August 13, 2021

What is an adequate retirement income?

A leading pension think tank has examined this question – but the findings aren’t straightforward. Over the years, there has been much focus on the tax treatment of pensions and ways to encourage greater saving for retirement.
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