Publications

We have put together a series of useful Business Guides, available to download.

Tax Planning Guidelines

Tax planning is a year-round activity - and a very important part of your overall financial strategy. With good professional advice and judicious planning, you may be able to achieve considerable gains and savings. However, your tax planning must fit in with, rather...

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Separation and Divorce

It is an unfortunate fact of modern life that many marriages do not survive. When separation, divorce or dissolution occurs, there will almost inevitably be some tax consequences. Allowances The married couple's allowance is only available to couples in which at least...

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Domicile

Domicile and residence can each have a significant impact on how much UK tax you must pay, or indeed if you must pay UK tax at all. Both terms are used for tax purposes and have little to do with citizenship or nationality. Domicile and tax Domicile is the country you...

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Companies House – forms you need to know about

Primary Companies Act Forms There are over 100 forms prescribed by the Companies Act 2006. We list below the main forms and include a link to all the forms which can be downloaded direct from Companies House. Many of the procedures can now be completed online rather...

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Companies Act

The Companies Act comprises of approximately 1,300 sections and introduces new legislation which reflects the changing business environment. The Act provides for a single company law regime applying to the whole of the UK, so that companies will be UK companies rather...

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A Business Plan: the foundation for success

Any business, whether it is just starting out or is considering the next stage in its development, will need a business plan. A business plan serves several important purposes. Perhaps the most obvious is to help raise funding. A business plan is the document that...

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An introduction to PAYE

Whether an individual is an employee or self-employed in a particular situation is a question of fact depending on the terms under which he or she works. When you engage someone to do work for you, you have to decide whether or not to apply the PAYE rules. It is up to...

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How to improve your business’ Cashflow

Whether you're holidaying abroad or enjoying the sunshine at home, the summer is usually a chance to take a well-deserved break. But for small businesses, this time of year can also come with the stresses of slower business and potential cashflow problems. Research by...

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How to survive a HMRC investigation

No business owner likes the idea of facing a Tax investigation by HMRC, but it's an unfortunate reality in many cases. In fact, around 1 in 10 small businesses are under investigation at any given time, according to David Richardson, interim director-general of...

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7 steps to successful business transition

In all successful businesses the issue of succession from the current owner to the next generation comes up, and one question that often arises is: when is the most appropriate time to begin planning for succession? The start-up phase is obviously too early, but all...

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