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Jeannette Hume
3rd February 2022 R&D tax relief: New anti-abuse rules

As R&D tax relief rules are arguably the most generous on the UK tax statute book, it is perhaps no surprise that HMRC consider that there is much abuse going on. For every £1 that a corporate taxpayer claims as an eligible R&D spend, their corporation tax bill is reduced by 43.7p (ie, not the…

Ian Piper
11th January 2022 Should your company have a ParentCo?

If you operate a trade through a limited company, and your ‘numbers’ are big enough, then there are some scenarios where it is often best advice to insert a parent company above this trading company, to create a simple group structure: As a risk management measure, to enable valuable assets (eg business premises, investment property,…

Ian Piper
4th January 2022 Business credit rating: top 10 tips

For some businesses having a strong credit rating is fundamental to their future success. It can affect availability of supplier credit, the ability to borrow and eligibility to be on customer/prospect tender lists as an approved supplier. For many other businesses, however, this credit rating is totally irrelevant. Experian is one of the major rating…

Ian Piper
10th December 2021 COVID: business interruption insurance claims?

Those businesses with comprehensive commercial insurance cover will possibly be covered for ‘business interruption’. This cover will typically include losses arising from events that close or severely disrupt operations. The COVID pandemic has already led to many claims under this. The insurance industry (as you might expect?) has warned that few policies are likely to…

Chris Haydon
9th December 2021 Data Protection and the Blended Working Environment

  In light of the Government’s announcement to go to Plan B, our IT services subsidiary company, decisive:it,  have written an article on data protection and security whilst working from home: Data Protection and the Blended Working Environment

Ian Piper
4th November 2021 Super early retirement? – Not if under 47 now

The government is to increase the earliest age pension savers can access their pension pots from 55 to 57, wef 6 April 2028. Members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service schemes will not be affected by this increase.

Emily Haines
27th October 2021 Budget: “Hooray for AIA!”

In the Chancellor’s Budget on 27 October 2021 it was announced that the planned date for reducing the Annual Investment Allowance limit from £1m to £200k is being extended from 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2023. This will effect businesses who are planning on investing more than £200k in plant and machinery from January…

Jeannette Hume
27th October 2021 Construction firm wins R&D tax relief case

A tax tribunal has made a landmark ruling against HMRC, by declaring that the construction taxpayer (Quinn) was validly entitled to claim SME research and development (R&D) tax relief totalling approximately £1m, even though this work was specifically undertaken to order for a customer, which would normally mean the ‘subsidised’ rule would prohibit eligibility under…

Ben Kilby
24th September 2021 Covid Support: End to most measures

When COVID directly impacted upon the UK in Spring 2020, the Government introduced a range of measures specifically targeted to help SME businesses survive the expected period of financial strain. Such businesses should now be planning ahead for when this support is gradually withdrawn: 21-Jun-21 Deadline for arranging with HMRC when to repay COVID related…

Ian Piper
22nd September 2021 Net Zero Carbon: Does your business now need a plan?

From 1 October 2021, to be eligible to apply for public sector contracts over £5m pa, suppliers must have Net Zero Carbon Reduction Plans in place. These will be required to demonstrate a commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050 in the UK:  Taking Account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the Procurement of Major Government…