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.

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.
November 21, 2012

Tax Avoidance by Multi-Nationals Not Cricket

What are we to make of profitable, well-known water companies, amongst other corporate giants, manipulating the system to pay relatively tiny amounts of tax in the UK? Not much. It is deplorable by any measure, and barely a day goes by without another avoider being flushed out.
November 13, 2012

Water Companies – Whose Tax Is It?

Despite making operating profits in the UK of nearly £1.5 billion pounds between them, three foreign owned water companies seem to have been able to whittle away the vast majority of the rest of their profits so that the tax liabilities payable on them in the UK are minuscule in comparison.
November 12, 2012

What’s in a name?

A short while ago, I had a right palaver trying to form a company on behalf of a client as the company name the client wanted included the words ‘Dental’ and ‘Royal’ (‘Dental’ because that was the client’s trade and ‘Royal’ was part of the address).
July 22, 2012


As readers may have noticed, the Euro football championships are on at the moment so I thought it might be interesting to look at a couple of instances where the worlds of football and tax have crossed paths.
July 20, 2012

Hate to say I told you so…

Hate to say I told you so…. In September of last year I commented on the large increases in the HMRC penalties for failing to submit a personal Self Assessment tax return on time and predicted people being hit badly by what seemed an overly harsh regime.
July 15, 2012

Paying your “fair share”

You may have read or heard in the media Government outrage at the way in which some very wealthy people were using tax reliefs to (legally) reduce the amount of tax they pay.  I confess to some bemusement at this outrage as I thought that what was tax reliefs were for.
May 14, 2012

Intestacy is not a dirty word… but should be avoided

Drawing up your will features high on the list of things you might wish to postpone to a later date along with going to the dentist.  However, it is usually not as painful as a visit to the dentist and is probably the best gift in itself that you could leave your loved ones.
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