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Increase in HMRC Interest Rates

August 2018

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The interest charged to those making late tax payments has increased from 3% to 3.25%. Interestingly, the amount of interest that HMRC pays on top of refunds owed to taxpayers remains the same at 0.5%. The interest rate for repayments has been at 0.5% since 2009. The accountancy body ACCA says it is “simply unfair” that […]


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Why You Should Embrace Making Tax Digital

August 2018

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In our opinion, Making Tax Digital (or for brevity’s sake, MTD) is something to be embraced rather than feared. As with any legislative change, the new MTD reporting rules have forced businesses to reflect on whether they are compliant and what they need to do to ensure they stay on the right side of the […]


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Case Study: Making Business Loans Personal

August 2018

Aston Shaw's Corporate Finance Team

We’re passionate about helping our clients achieve their business goals. Recently, our friendly corporate finance team helped one of our clients, a manufacturer of premium food and supplements for dogs and cats to achieve theirs. Anne, the owner of this thriving business prides herself on only using natural ingredients in her products. Thanks to the […]


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What Is Corporate Finance and How Can It Help My Business?

August 2018

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We’re extremely fortunate to have an in-house corporate finance team here at Aston Shaw. Since the department was formed just over two years ago they have helped many of our clients to achieve their business goals, having already looked at and assisted with applications in excess of £80M. But what exactly is corporate finance? It’s […]


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Making Tax Digital for VAT

August 2018

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Changes to Record Keeping and Procedure Introduction On the 13th of July 2017, the government announced the Making Tax Digital (MTD) timetable, revealing that businesses over the VAT threshold will be the first to qualify for keeping digital records. Under the schedule, businesses with VAT taxable turnover over £85,000 will have to keep digital records […]


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When do you Pay VAT on Gift Cards?

August 2018

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In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about selling gift cards and/or vouchers as a business. The law surrounding VAT on gift cards has recently been tweaked to align legislation with that of the EU. Hearing of this news, one of our clients posed an interesting question. This client owns a very […]


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How Important is Technology in Accountancy?

August 2018

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The accountancy industry is typically seen as a traditional sector, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the accounting industry isn’t very “techie”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Accountancy firms are often responsible for portraying a traditional, old-school image which leads many to think that technology plays a small role in the accounting […]


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The Importance of Good Record Keeping

August 2018

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In this blog, we’ll be examining a public case study that highlights the importance of keeping good company records. Recently, the director of a construction and civil engineering company based in Glasgow has received a six-year ban for failing to keep adequate company records. David Simpson Duffy, the director of Annick Structures Ltd (ASL) has […]


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Our People: Adam’s Journey with Aston Shaw

July 2018

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This is the next instalment in the ‘Our People’ series of blogs, a series that reveals how members of our team started out and progressed at the firm. In this blog, we will be focussing on one of the Directors of Aston Shaw, Adam Hook. Previous instalments include: Our People: From Racing Driver to Accountant […]


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How to Get Ready for Making Tax Digital

July 2018

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a term you have most likely come across before, and it’s a term you will be hearing a lot more of as the deadline approaches and the Government ramps-up promotion. In a nutshell, Making Tax Digital (MTD) is, as its name implies, a digitised tax system that will completely change […]


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