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Initial interpretation of the Draft Scottish Budget 2017/18

The draft Scottish Budget for 2017/18 was announced on 16 December 2016 by finance secretary John Swinney. This draft budget will operate for the first time under the Fiscal Framework established in support of the Scotland Act 2016. This is a material change in the financial responsibility of the Scottish Parliament as it marks the […]

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Six staff celebrate 240 years at Greaves West & Ayre

From left: Brian Simmons, Joyce Freeman, Brian Tait, Anthony Hogg, Derek Simpson, Tommy Wilson Greaves West & Ayre is celebrating the long service of six of its much-valued members of staff. They have each spent their entire working careers at our Berwick-upon-Tweed offices. So, what has kept them there? They all admit to enjoying their […]

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Tax Return Deadline Approaching! Don’t Delay!

It is now approaching the peak season for finalising and submitting tax returns to HMRC for the year ended 5 April 2016. With this in mind, if you have not done so already, please provide your dedicated member of our tax team with the information that they require to ensure your affairs are brought up […]

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Director-shareholders and loan transactions

There has been an increase in the rate of tax on loans to ‘participators’ from 6 April 2016 meaning it will be more costly for the company to make such loans. Changes to the personal tax regime from 6 April 2016 have meant that the receipt of interest by shareholders on loans they have made […]

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Cyber security for businesses

Businesses have a one in four chance in a 12 month period of being affected by an information technology cyber security breach, according to a government survey. The survey found that many of the breaches are a consequence of the internet. The most common breaches are viruses, spyware or malware (68%), and breaches involving impersonation […]

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Coronavirus/COVID-19: Latest Update – Summary of Finance and Business Measures

This article summarises the business support measures the UK and Scottish governments, along with other NGBs and organisations have introduced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Last updated 28 October: Coronavirus Business Contingency Fund (Scotland only) is announced offering support for softplay centres and nightclubs   For each measure we have listed the date of […]


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Tax and Crypto Assets

2009 saw the launch of Bitcoin. Originally seen as being just for geeks and possibly hackers, crypto assets are becoming more common and even considered mainstream by many. HMRC has noted this increased interest in crypto assets. If you invest or trade in crypto assets and you pay taxes in the UK, you need to […]