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26 May Bridging a gap in knowledge could bring huge relief

If you thought that R&D meant lab coats and test tubes, it’s time to think again. As Barnett & Turner’s Jo Tye explains, the definition is far broader. And HMRC actually wants you to ask for the tax relief. Research & Development. The words sound lofty and conjure up images of multinational pharmaceutical businesses. The reality, however, is that R&D takes place in all kinds of settings – from software and technology companies through to the food and beverage industry. In fact, even if you’re a specialist butcher investigating new seasoning mixes for your sausages, you have a perfectly legitimate case....

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20 May Expand in a disadvantaged area and you could receive a tax break

If you’re looking for new premises, it’s worth widening your range of options, writes Jono Wilson of accountancy firm Barnett & Turner. By choosing to renovate a derelict building in a disadvantaged area, you could benefit from a significant tax break. Not many people are aware of the Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA), but it’s certainly worth finding out more if you’re in the market for a new office, factory or business site. When you buy a derelict building, you’d obviously need to undertake renovations to ensure it’s in a usable state. When you do, it’s not deemed to be a ‘repair’...

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12 May Don’t let customer debt get you down

You've identified a potential bad debt. You've sent the friendly reminder, the follow up letter seven days later. You've then phoned two or three times and sent a final notice. Still no joy. Where does it go from here? It’s a familiar scenario for lots of business people. What seems like a slightly overdue payment is starting to turn into a troublesome debt. You don't particularly want to start formal legal proceedings, as they've been a customer for some years but you're getting increasingly frustrated. The phone rings. It’s the customer telling you about their cash flow problems. Things will apparently be...

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05 May When you’re saving, look for extra savings

Whether we’re young or old, the government is keen to encourage us to save. Interest rates, however, are at a record low, so it’s important to look for every possible advantage or tax break you can find. Here, Tracy Henson of Barnett & Turner explores the potential of the new savings allowance. Many people know about the NISAs or new ‘super’ ISAs that have been introduced, which should allow people to save up to £15,240 a year tax free in 2015-16. Savings allowances tend to receive rather less coverage in the press and on the TV and radio, however. While it’s...

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28 Apr Invest now and reap the reward

With the general election just around the corner, there’s an element of uncertainty over how the tax regime will change. Accountant David Wilson of Barnett & turner thinks that now may be an excellent time for businesses to make investments in fixed assets. In their Green Budget published earlier in 2015, the Institute for Fiscal Studies analysed the growth in overall tax take following general elections. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the think-tank found that there was a strong tendency for taxes to be hiked in the period following the poll. One area which may come under scrutiny when a new government is formed in...

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21 Apr How to boost businesses tax efficiently

Investing in smaller, start-up businesses can be more risky, which is why the government offers tax incentives through specialist schemes. Jono Wilson of Barnett & Turner guides us through some of the rules. When you’re selling a business or shares in a qualifying company, it’s fairly well known that it’s possible to claim entrepreneurs’ relief, which will help limit your capital gains tax liability to just 10%. What’s more, if assets are being sold because you need to replace them, you may be able to avoid CGT liability with an application for ‘rollover’ relief. As the economy picks up, it may be...

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15 Apr A new start with the one-stop shop

VAT rules changed on 1st January 2015 and there are important implications for businesses supplying digital services to consumers outside the UK. Barnett & Turner’s Managing partner, Jonathan Wilson, brings us up to date. As part of a strategy to create a level playing field across Europe, rules about VAT on digital services have recently changed. Instead of accounting for VAT in this country when selling to consumers, you need to account for it in the country the customer is based. And while in the UK there’s generally no obligation to register for VAT unless your turnover is £81k or above, there...

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07 Apr Self Assessment: don’t leave it all to the wire

If you’re relying on your accountant to help you with your self-assessment tax returns, the earlier you’re able to get organised the better, suggests TRACY HENSON of Barnett & Turner. As accountants, we always like to be proactive and remind clients of the need to get their records, receipts and other relevant information ready as far as possible in advance of their filing deadlines. Inevitably though, pressures of business and life can get in the way and the records only arrive as January 31st looms. Of course, any professional accountancy firm will do their best to turn things around speedily, but it’s...

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24 Mar Property a hot topic as CGT changes loom

Draft legislation is about to herald a new era in capital gains tax. The changes – due to come into effect in April 2015 – will have an impact on all non-UK residents who dispose of a residential property located in the UK. Any gains realised by either a sale or a gift will be subject to CGT, regardless of the value of the sale. It’s not just individuals who will be affected by the change. The rule also applies to non-resident companies, partnerships, trustees and personal representatives of deceased non-UK residents. Although institutional investors (non-UK resident pension schemes or foreign...

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20 Mar You can, when you plan…

Time is ticking away if you want to do some serious tax planning in this financial year, writes Jono Wilson of Mansfield-based firm Barnett & Turner. With a general election on the horizon, taxation – and each party’s various policies regarding wealth – will be high on the agenda in the coming weeks and months. You may therefore be forgiven for thinking that the money that remains in your pocket is entirely decided by those in power. In reality, you might be more in control than you imagine. Although this week’s budget gives us a little warning of what the future may...

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