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SDLT – New tax dangers when buying residential property

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. Few perhaps realised how much more complicated property transactions may well be as a result. At the end of December the government […]

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Encouraging Philanthropy in Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick upon Tweed benefits from a distinctive local culture and heritage. Perhaps due to the town’s relative isolation from other population centres, there is a real culture of ‘thinking locally’, when it comes to cultural, social and economic activity. Keeping money circulating locally is one way of boosting the town’s resilience in the face of […]

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Fit for Work

Businesses, particularly small businesses, can have significant problems coping when an employee is off work for a long time. There is a very strong evidence base for sickness absence that shows that the sooner the causes of absence are identified, and acted upon, the better. Intervention at four weeks, compared to six months, has a […]

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What impact does the Bribery Act have on your business?

It will come as no surprise to many that a UK company or partnership can be criminally liable if it pays a bribe to gain business. It may be a surprise to know that a business commits a criminal offence if a person ‘associated with it’ bribes another person for the benefit of the business. […]

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Why it doesn’t pay to ignore the Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is now over 20 years old. This is quite a remarkable achievement for a tax break. A change in government often results in the demise of one tax break and the invention of a ‘new and better’ tax relief. There have been amendments to EIS over the years but it […]

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