Making Tax Digital for VAT is just 12 months away

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The first stage of Making Tax Digital (MTD) will apply to all VAT registered businesses who are over the VAT turnover threshold (frozen at £85,000 until March 2020). From the first VAT return which starts […]

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New R&D tax claims – all expenses paid

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R&D tax claims are potentially even more attractive following a relaxation of the rules by the tax office on employee expense claims. And the tax office is now allowing amended claims to be made by 30 April […]

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Insolvencies rise as margins are squeezed

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The latest statistics for insolvencies in England and Wales covering the last quarter for 2017 reflect a difficult year for companies and individuals. The Association of Business Recovery Professionals, R3, have highlighted a number of […]

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Darwin’s tenner faces extinction from March 2018

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The paper £10 note which features the naturalist Charles Darwin on the back will be withdrawn from circulation on 1 March 2018. From that date only the new plastic £10 notes, with author Jane Austen […]

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End of surcharges is on the cards

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From 13 January 2018, businesses will no longer be able to add any surcharges where a customer pays by credit or debit card, following an EU directive banning surcharges on Visa and Mastercard payments. However the government has […]

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Do you need a Legal Entity Identifier?

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From 3 January 2018, legal entities such as companies, trusts, partnerships and charities have to have a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) if they wish to trade on financial markets in the UK, or continue to […]

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Business rates staircase tax scrapped

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The business rates staircase tax, which unfairly affects up to a thousand businesses, is being scrapped. Draft legislation has been published to ensure that the tax is abolished with retrospective effect. The step was first announced in […]

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New Commissioner helps small firms with slow payers

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Small firms struggling to deal with business customers who are slow payers have new help in the form of a small business commissioner. The government says that a third of payments to small firms across […]

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Was the 2017 Autumn Budget good for business?

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Bishop Fleming Partner, Fleur Lewis, takes a look at what the 2017 Autumn Budget had to offer Small and Medium-Sized businesses. The Budget on 22 November 2017 left most business owners wondering what was in […]

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Where do you go when the bank says no?

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Bishop Fleming Partner, Chris Walklett, addresses the question of where do you go when the bank says no? It can be a major challenge for a business to raise funds to grow a business, invest in new […]

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