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 24, 2013

Are there any tax benefits of getting married?

As someone that has very recently had the pleasure of walking down the aisle, the constant question that nags us all is: “Are there any tax benefits of getting married?” Ok, I agree that is possibly the last thing on people’s minds, though it is a question that is commonly asked.
June 18, 2013

Tax evasion hotline?

An article in Saturday’s Times newspaper caught my eye and reminded me of one thing about my time as a Tax Inspector.  The article was about HMRC’s ‘Tax Evasion Hotline’ which they have set up to receive calls from members of the public regarding suspected tax-evasion.
June 17, 2013

It’s just not cricket

In the news last week an Australian cricketer punched an English cricketer in the face.
June 13, 2013

Oh great!!!!!!

Who would be a tax advisor these days? Anyone following reports in the media will have noticed tax advisors getting a bashing for the ‘morally dubious’ practice of giving clients tax advice.
June 10, 2013

Fresh fields

This month marks a new chapter in the history of Barnes Roffe’s Dartford office.
June 05, 2013

Iceland goes to Florida

A few weeks ago, I presented a seminar on benefits that can be given to employees free of tax and NIC and by coincidence, I found myself reading in The Times that Iceland (the supermarket chain, not the country) has run into trouble with the Taxman over just such an issue.
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.
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