Latest Blogs in Technology
Ian Piper
7th September 2017 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC closes loophole.

Companies that are developing innovative new products, services or systems have long understood the generosity of the R&D tax relief rules. These give a notional 130% uplift to eligible costs in the company’s corporation tax computation. Such eligible costs include ‘employee costs’, which hitherto has included all ‘reimbursed expenses’. This has always seemed overly generous…

Jonathan Moore
5th September 2017 Safe New Home for IT Security Firm

Whiting & Partners, The Corporate Finance Network’s representative firm in Suffolk, has successfully advised an IT security company on its sale to a larger industry player.   The vendors had originally acquired the business via a Management Buy-Out a few years earlier and had significantly grown the business under their ownership. The company had reached…

Jeannette Hume
5th June 2017 R&D Claims: Is HMRC advance assurance a good idea?

In a bid to give companies more certainty over whether or not their R&D claim will be successful, HMRC introduced an advance assurance process in November 2015. If you pass this new test, HMRC will agree not to enquire into your R&D claims for the first 3 accounting periods of claiming this relief. So is…

Ian Piper
18th May 2017 General Election

General Election: Which manifesto helps TechCo’s ? With the 8 June general election fast approaching, directors of technology companies will be scanning the main manifestos to consider which party is potentially offering the most useful new policies for their business: Conservatives (link to 84 page manifesto) Running a balanced budget by the middle of the…

Ian Piper
9th March 2017 Budget 2017

What’s in it for Technology Companies? Philip Hammond’s first Spring Budget announced a handful of steady-as-she-goes measures. The new announcements that will catch the eye of technology companies include: From 6-Apr-18, the tax free allowance for personal dividend income will reduce from £5k to £2k pa, For tax advantaged share schemes: clarifying the EIS and SEIS…

Jeannette Hume
30th November 2016 Preserving EIS Status

EIS:  Growth Shares and Preference. Abingdon Health Ltd v HMRC TC05525 This was an interesting case, and a warning for the unwary. The issue at stake was whether HMRC’s withdrawal of EIS relief as a result of a preference created by a new class of growth share was reasonable. The taxpayer company sought EIS relief in respect…

Jeannette Hume
19th September 2016 Innovation State Funding

R&D Tax Relief: Claims rose by 38% in 2014-15. The latest data from HMRC indicates that there has been an increase in both the number of companies making R&D tax relief claims and also that companies are increasing their R&D spend. The fact that there are a significant number of companies making claims for the first time…

Ian Piper
13th July 2016 Accounting Standards

FRS102: How affects TechCo’s ? Accounting standard FRS102 is the biggest change in accounting rules for nearly a generation. It will influence how statutory accounts are presented, the terminology and how profit (and hence tax) is calculated. All SME companies must follow this standard for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2016, with earlier adoption encouraged. So…

Jeannette Hume
13th January 2016 Corporate Tax Minimisation

Super Tax Reliefs: Claim both patent box and R&D relief? The answer to this question is yes and the combination of the two reliefs can be very valuable! We have a number of clients who are undertaking ongoing research and have already registered a patent on their earlier research. They are able to receive the…

Ian Piper
13th January 2016 Share Marketability

P/E Ratios: Mind the Gap! If your business exit plan is a trade sale, then you will be interested in taking advantage of differential Price Earnings (P/E) ratios.  A P/E ratio is the multiple of future maintainable earnings (profits) used to value a business. The P/E ratio appropriate for valuing your tech business will depend…