Vanessa Pearson (Ely)

Vanessa trained with Whitings LLP after leaving Sussex University with a BSc degree in Mathematics. She gained her AAT qualification within 18 months, and is now a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. After a short time working in Cambridge, Vanessa returned to Whitings LLP in 2007.

With over 20 years of general practice experience, she now manages an extensive portfolio of clients. Based at our Ely office, Vanessa specialises in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), most of which are owner managed businesses. Vanessa heads up our Contractor specialism and is a member of the firms specialist Corporation Tax Group, with a particular interest in technology companies.

Outside of work, Vanessa is a member of the service organisation Lions Club International. She enjoys music, cooking, bookmaking and spending time with her family and friends.

My Latest Blogs
2nd December 2021 Tax exemption of Christmas parties/gifts

Businesses may be hoping they can hold their annual Christmas parties this month. Providing the event is annual, open to all employees and the total cost, including VAT, is less than £150 per person (including non employee guest attendees), this will be a non-taxable benefit in kind (ie free of PAYE tax and National Insurance…

10th November 2021 IR35 tax bill of £281k for Sky presenter

HRMC continue their campaign against broadcasters, with another successful case against former Sky presenter Dave Clark. Mr Clark presented and commentated on professional darts tournaments, and tried to argue his company’s relationship to Sky was one of self-employment.   His appeal has been rejected, with almost all the usual “badges of trade” having failed. Sky…

20th May 2021 VAT deferral payment scheme deadline 21 June 2021

One of the ways government helped businesses in 2020 was to allow them to defer paying VAT liabilities due between March and June that year. Those taking advantage of this had until 31 March 2021 to pay. In September 2020, the Chancellor announced the VAT deferral payment scheme. Instead of paying in full by 31…

26th March 2021 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

The proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies are imminent. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do: A Brief Guide to Off-Payroll Working Blog entry by: Vanessa Pearson

18th February 2021 IR35 – HMRC announce ‘light touch’ approach to penalties

The new private sector off-payroll rules are due to start from 6 April 2021 and HMRC have published their latest guidance – here.   The changes move the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status from the worker’s personal service company to the end client engaging them, where the end client is a medium/large business.…

7th December 2020 Company accounts – do you know your new filing deadline?

As a response to COVID-19, earlier this year the Government announced a temporary extension to the filing deadline of certain documents that are filed at Companies House. Private companies whose annual accounts filing deadline fell between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 were given an additional three months to prepare and file their accounts.…

19th March 2020 IR35: Government delays private sector reforms

Only days after Budget 2020 confirmed that IR35 reforms to the private sector would go ahead, the changes have been postponed until 6 April 2021. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay MP, confirmed “This is a deferral and not a cancellation”. Amongst the unintended consequences of this legislation, the lack of employment rights for…

18th February 2020 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

There are less than two months to go until the proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do   A Brief Guide to Off-payroll Working_Feb 2020

16th January 2020 Off-Payroll Working Rules: 11th hour reprieve?

Those personal service companies working in the private sector (referred to, variously, as freelancers, consultants or contractors) should now be aware that new tax rules will apply to them with effect from 6-Apr-20.  These rules, off-payroll working, aim to finally clamp down on the abuse of the Inland Revenue Press Release number 35 tax rules…

13th December 2019 April 2020 Proposed IR35 changes: Status appeals process

As the planned changes to who determines IR35 status are fast approaching, contractors would be well advised to review their contracts on HMRC’s updated CEST (Check Employment Status for Tax) tool. Having provided answers to questions regarding substitution, control and nature of the work, the updated tool will give HMRC’s view of the workers employment…