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Are You Eligible For Marriage Allowance?

February 2019

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Believe it or not, there are some perks associated with being married. One of these benefits is Marriage Allowance, an entitlement that often goes unclaimed. The Married Couples Allowance for individuals born after 6th April 1935 will allow you to transfer some of your Personal Allowance to your partner. The Personal Allowance is the figure that […]


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What Is a Limited Company?

February 2019

What Is A Limited Company?

We’ve all heard of a limited company, but what exactly does it mean to be ‘limited’? The word itself can carry negative or positive connotations, depending on its use. An example of the word used in a negative context could be, dare I say it, the beer selection is limited. Used in other contexts, the […]


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Don’t Listen to the Bloke Down the Pub

December 2018

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One of the great difficulties we face as accountants is providing clarity to our clients amongst all the misinformation, rumours and hearsay floating around out there. The issue of misinformation is particularly prevalent in the accounting industry, this is because there are so many rules and regulations that businesses must abide by that are constantly […]


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Budget 2018: Key Points

October 2018

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond has delivered the 2018 Autumn Budget. In this blog post, we highlight the key points of his speech. Business £900m has been allocated to small businesses in the form of business rates relief. £650m has also been allocated to rejuvenate British High Streets A new digital services tax at 2% […]


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Is Your Company’s Christmas Party Tax Deductible?

October 2018

Group of work colleagues smiling with drinks at Company Christmas Party

Are you a limited company and do you want to save money on your company’s Christmas do? Well then, you’re in luck, because each year HM Revenue & Customs offer a small tax break for a company’s Christmas party. Technically there isn’t an allowance for a Christmas party per se, however, HMRC does provide limited […]


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Case Study: A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned

October 2018

Photo of Scott Herd, Head of Financial Services at Aston Shaw

Our recently appointed Client Services Manager, Scott Herd has been busy helping our clients make savings on their business’s overheads. In this blog, we’ll show you how Scott was able to save members of The Bodyshop Fellowship significant sums of money. The Bodyshop Fellowship is an organisation that supports Bodyshop’s across the UK. Having heard […]


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Digital Agencies and the Potential for R&D Tax Relief

September 2018

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In previous blogs and in our downloadable jargon-free guide to R&D, we have commented on how often businesses miss out on claiming Research & Development (R&D) tax credits. From our experience of working with clients, the digital sector is certainly no exception. Digital agencies often make leaps into the unknown to stay ahead of their […]


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Case Study: A Multi-million Pound Deal

September 2018

Architect Assessing Property Development

We love to help our client’s businesses succeed and thrive. Our Corporate Finance team has recently secured the necessary funding to make a large-scale construction project possible. Our client is a Property Development Company of executive homes in East Anglia, who were seeking funding to build a housing development in Norfolk. Our team, consisting of […]


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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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