Commentary and insight

Our team of experts keeps a close eye on developments in tax law and financial regulation. Our blog is where they interpret the ever-changing statutory landscape in plain English, highlighting what’s important and offering practical advice on what businesses can do to avoid pitfalls or seize the opportunities presented.

The Case of the Missing Budget

Introduction It’s been an eventful few years in British politics, but 2019 has been something else again with one jolt after another. The 29 March deadline for the UK to leave the EU was extended to 31 October and then again until 31 January 2020....

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Record Number of Estates Paying Inheritance Tax

A record amount of estates paid inheritance tax in 2016/17, according to government figures. More than 28,100 estates were liable for death duties in 2016/17 – a new high for the number of estates charged. The latest figure represented a 15% rise...

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Protecting Your Business from Fraud

Steps to shield your firm from threats. Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses. This worrying picture is backed up by the 2019 Fraudscape report compiled by anti-fraud...

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Most VAT-Registered Businesses are Signed up for VAT

Almost three quarters (74%) of VAT-registered firms signed up for Making Tax Digital (MTD) before the second stagger deadline last month. HMRC’s figures showed that over 230,000 mandated businesses joined the scheme before the 7 September 2019...

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Why Cash Flow Projections Are Essential for SMEs

Cash flow is a major headache for many businesses– if a business runs out of cash and is unable to get any funding, it will become insolvent. A business owner that focuses on profit and ignores cash flow is at higher risk of failure – by...

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How Can KPIs Improve Your Business Performance?

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are measurable values that show how effectively a business is realising its key objectives. How you measure the success of your business is vital to ensure you meet your overall strategic plans and objectives....

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