Accountancy Blog

Our accountancy blog is updated monthly with our opinions on a variety of issues affecting our clients and the industry sectors we cover.

Post-Brexit Investment Update

We have never tried to be crystal ball gazers but, one thing is for certain, we are in for a bumpy ride. In the last twelve months we have seen two or three sharp downturns in markets, followed by reasonably good recoveries. Over the last 20 years the investment landscape has followed a similar road. […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful in Farming

There seems to be many reasons at present, perhaps even more than usual, to feel a bit down. These include uncertainties caused by the Brexit debate, low commodity prices, growing bureaucracy, the impact of land reform political interference in our lives generally. As well as of course the perennial weather which seems to get more […]

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Extra Stamp Duty for Second Homes

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement in November 2015 that he would be introducing new rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of buy to let properties or second homes. At the end of December the government launched a consultation paper which revealed the proposed details of the regime. SDLT does not […]

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Is a ‘Zero Hours Contract’ ever appropriate?

‘Zero hours contracts’ have been in the news recently, with employers being criticised for using these contracts inappropriately and, in some cases, using exclusivity clauses. What is a Zero Hours Contract? Generally speaking, a zero hours contract the employer does not guarantee the individual any hours of work. The employer offers the individual work when […]

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Reduced Lifetime Allowance – is your pension in danger of being affected?

From April 2016, the lifetime allowance will fall from £1.25 million to £1 million. The lifetime allowance is the maximum that can be built up in a pension over a working life and receive tax relief. Any savings in excess of the lifetime allowance will be subject to a tax charge of up to 55 […]

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