IR35 in the private sector

Key considerations for contractors before April 2020 Large and medium-sized organisations have just six months left to prepare for changes to off-payroll working rules, which are due to extend to the private sector next spring. From 6 April 2020, firms that engage private-sector contractors will be responsible for deciding if the rules should apply and[…]

Property as an investment for landlords

With low interest rates, property remains attractive As the global financial crisis began to bite in 2008, central banks in several nations took action, attempting to shock the world economy back to life by slashing base interest rates. The idea behind this kind of stimulus is to make saving less attractive, hopefully prompting people to[…]

Changes to Principal Private Resident’s tax treatment from 6th April 2020

Now that the summary of responses on the Government’s Principal Private Residence Relief consultation has been published, we wanted to take the opportunity to confirm the taxation reforms that are coming into effect on 6 April 2020 in relation to disposals of property that have at some time been your Principal Private Residence. Currently, the[…]

Tapered annual allowance

How it affects high net-worth individuals The tapered annual pension allowance for high net-worth individuals was in the headlines again recently. Concerns were raised that its impact on doctors within the NHS pension scheme is prompting high-earning NHS staff to leave their posts or reduce their hours. In December 2018, it was reported that the[…]

Identifying inefficiencies in a business

Avoiding waste, maximising profit Accountants, as a breed, are fans of efficiency. We tend to appreciate optimised systems and abhor waste, whether it’s time, effort or resources being frittered away. The concept of efficiency as we know it today is a product of the industrial revolution. That’s when engineers and manufacturers became obsessed with squeezing[…]

The scourge of late payments

Outstanding invoices compromise your business’s cashflow When you supply goods and services, you expect to be paid, and promptly, but Britain has a deeply embedded culture of late payments. Indeed, for some businesses, delaying payment is an essential part of the business model. Outstanding payments are problematic for various reasons. First, there’s the basic problem[…]