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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.

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.
March 20, 2012

Tomorrow’s Budget…

Tomorrow sees the Budget (although we seem to know everything about it already).  Whilst readers wait for the actual day, I thought some trivia might be of interest: The word “Budget” comes from the French ‘‘bougette’‘, meaning a little bag, which explains why the Chancellor ‘‘opens’’ his budget.
March 02, 2012

In the news – Glasgow Rangers

Glasgow Rangers’ recent tax problems cannot have passed unnoticed and many must be wondering what has been going on.
February 11, 2012

Tax Freedom Day 2012

For those not familiar with the term, ‘Tax Freedom Day’ is a term used to show how long each year the average UK taxpayer would have to work if they had to hand over everything they earned until all Government spending was paid for.
January 31, 2012

Bank account security

Don’t leave the keys in the door to the safe!  Theft from businesses is happening more than you think…….
January 17, 2012

Cheating the revenue

Readers may have read in the press about the conviction for ‘cheating the revenue’ of a professional tax advisor, David Perrin of Vantis Limited. If ever there was an unacceptable face of tax planning this would be it.  Perrin’s plan revolved around the fact that people can get tax relief for donating shares to charities.
November 22, 2011

The Aaronson Report on GAAR

I was at a conference hosted by Pump Court Tax Chambers at the end of last week.  Graham Aaronson QC was supposed to speak about his GAAR report, but as its publication had been delayed, his speech was somewhat truncated.
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