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Tax Evasion Vs Tax Avoidance: The Difference

June 2017

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Contrary to popular belief, there is actually a distinct difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. It’s very rare for a month to go by without a story splashed across the news regarding some big name business or celebrity who has been publicly shamed for doing one or the other. But what is the difference […]

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How Should You Manage Your Cash Flow?

May 2017

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As business environments become increasingly decentralised, something we are seeing more and more often is businesses empowering their employees by giving them decision-making responsibilities in regards to the finances of the business they work for. These types of decisions may include the management of cash flow for example, where it has become common practice to […]

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The Future of Audit

May 2017

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In this industry, frequent change is something we’ve become quite accustomed to. Audit is certainly no exception. The way in which businesses are required to prepare for their audit is changing, and therefore the way in which we as auditors deliver our service must change too. In the past, an auditor’s role was as straightforward […]

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What Does the Future Hold for Self Employment?

May 2017

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Recently, there have been a number of cases where it has been claimed that many ‘self-employed’ workers are only labelled as such so that companies can avoid tax and minimum wage laws. Fortunately, there is a piece of legislation in place to prevent tax avoidance known as IR35. What is IR35? IR35 refers to anti-avoidance […]

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‘Making Tax Digital’ Legislation Removed from Finance Bill 2017

May 2017

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The Government has scrapped plans to implement Making Tax Digital (MTD), ahead of the debate on the bill in the House of Commons. When Theresa May first announced the surprise general election on 8th June, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) wrote a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond. In the letter, the […]

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Why Switch Accountants?

May 2017

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As a business owner, choosing an accountant can be a difficult task. In fact, with so many to choose from and with so many providing seemingly identical services, deciding is often a stressful experience too. And it is because of this stress that many people tend to stick with the accountant they’re currently with, in […]

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CASE STUDY: Customer Satisfaction Is Fuel for Success

April 2017

Justin Lavery of Aston Shaw

Here at Aston Shaw’s Corporate Finance department, customer satisfaction is our top priority. Recently, a client has been faced with a particularly challenging financial dilemma. Justin Lavery, Head of Corporate Finance, managed to use his knowledge and experience to solve the client’s issue as painlessly as possible – ultimately putting the client’s mind at ease. […]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Plans to Increase National Insurance Have Been Scrapped

March 2017

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In last week’s budget, it was announced that National Insurance rates for the self-employed were to be increased. However, the plans have since been criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. Amidst the controversy, Philip Hammond told MPs in a Commons statement: “There will be no increases in National Insurance rates in this Parliament.” The […]

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Spring Budget 2017: Key Points

March 2017

Spring Budget 2017

Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond announced the 2017 Spring Budget. We have taken the time to consider these announcements and have highlighted the key points below. Businesses For businesses below the VAT registration threshold, the introduction of quarterly reporting has been delayed by a year, at a cost of £280m. There will […]

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How to Re-engage With Past Clients

January 2017

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All businesses rely on a steady flow of clients/customers in order to be profitable. Maintaining and developing this flow of clients is something every business works towards, but what happens when this flow begins to stagnate? Re-engaging with past clients is a highly effective way of picking up the slack, potentially boosting your influx of […]

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