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Meet Sue Cadwallader, Filing Clerk, Poole
21/07/2017 - More...
Sue Cadwallader, Filing Clerk Sue is...

Meet Justine Singer, Accounts Senior, Poole
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Justine Singer Accounts Senior Justine...

Meet Nikki Gravenor, Payroll, Wimborne
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Nikki Gravenor, Payroll Nikki runs...

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Meet Sue Cadwallader, Filing Clerk, Poole
21/07/2017 - More...
Sue Cadwallader, Filing Clerk Sue is local to Poole, but works between both our sites (Poole and Wimborne) and is responsible for much of our admin work, keeping our statistics updated, making up new account files, archiving, and filing for our Directors’ clients, mainly our larger clients across a range of industries. Before joining us at Hill Osborne in 2013, Sue worked...

Meet Justine Singer, Accounts Senior, Poole
19/07/2017 - More...
Justine Singer Accounts Senior Justine shares her time between both the Poole and Wimborne offices. The majority of Justine’s work is the preparation of accounts and bookkeeping, including being responsible for managing our clients’ cloud software accounts, namely Xero and SAGE One. Justine works closely with clients to ensure that the cloud software is set up correctly,...

Meet Nikki Gravenor, Payroll, Wimborne
17/07/2017 - More...
Nikki Gravenor, Payroll Nikki runs our payroll in Wimborne, working alongside Janene Moores who covers payroll for our clients closer to Poole. Nikki’s clients are all local to the Wimborne office, across Dorset and into Wiltshire and Hampshire. Nikki has worked with us at Hill Osborne since 2011. Although much of Nikki’s work is office-based, she enjoys client...

Hill Osborne Acquires P J Biggs Practice in Wimborne
22/10/2015 - More...
The directors are pleased to announce the expansion of Hill Osborne into Wimborne where we have acquired the practice formerly carried on by the late Peter Biggs. The firm will continue to operate as before from its head office in Poole and now also from its Wimborne office which is situated at:- Beaufort House 2 Cornmarket Court Wimborne BH21 1JL Tel: 01202...

New Finance Bill to be published
20/07/2017 - More...
The government has confirmed that a new Finance Bill will be introduced as soon as possible after the summer recess. The House of Commons returns to Westminster on 5 September 2017. In a joint press release from HMRC and HM Treasury we are told that the new Finance Bill will legislate for all policies that were included in the pre-election Finance Bill but not included in the...

Making Tax Digital – common sense prevails
20/07/2017 - More...
A new timetable for the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) has been announced. The new regime was due to start from April 2018, but was delayed by the snap general election earlier this year. The government now appears to have listened to concerns that the roll-out of the MTD was moving too fast. The original proposals would have required most businesses to upload...

Class 1 NICs zero rate band
20/07/2017 - More...
Many director shareholders take a minimum salary and any balance of remuneration as dividends. This tends to reduce National Insurance Contributions (NICs), and in some case income tax. The planning strategy is to pay a salary at a level that qualifies the director for State benefits, including the State Pension, but does not involve payment of any NICs. For 2017/18, the NIC...

Employed or self-employed?
20/07/2017 - More...
Working out whether you are an employee or self-employed can be a tricky business and HMRC’s view can sometimes be at odds with status defined under employment law. Clearly, although not always, there are tax and NIC advantages for you and the business that contracts for your services if you are treated as self-employed as opposed to employed. However, you may have more rights...

Changes to deemed domicile rules
20/07/2017 - More...
In July 2015, the then Chancellor George Osborne announced a series of reforms to the non-domicile rules. The new rules were due to come into effect from April 2017, but were removed from the cut-back Finance Bill that was rushed through parliament before the general election. It has now been announced that the necessary legislation to introduce these reforms will be included...

Gift Aid donations only available to taxpayers
20/07/2017 - More...
The Gift Aid scheme is available to all UK taxpayers, but in order to sign up to the Gift Aid scheme when you make a donation, you must be paying UK income tax. There are clear advantages for charities if you make your donation in this way. The charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) concerned can take your donation and, provided all the qualifying conditions are...

Rangers EBT kicked into touch
13/07/2017 - More...
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of HMRC over a long running tax avoidance case against a former incarnation of Rangers football club (now in liquidation). The case concerned a tax avoidance scheme under which the club paid remuneration to their employees through a complex employee benefit trusts and sub-trusts structure in the hope that the scheme would avoid liability to...

Future changes to Corporation Tax?
13/07/2017 - More...
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides independent advice to the government on simplifying the UK tax system, with the objective of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers. The OTS operates on a permanent, statutory footing and seeks to draw together expertise from across the tax and legal professions, the business community and other...

Online filing exclusions for 2016-17
13/07/2017 - More...
HMRC’s list of exclusions from online filing for 2016-17 continues to multiply. The list of exclusions has been updated with the publication of version 4.0 of the document. There are now a total of 32 live exclusions on the list including 5 new additions to the list. Many of these issues exist as HMRC has been unable to update its software to properly deal with all the...

VAT relief on building a new home
13/07/2017 - More...
The VAT DIY Housebuilders scheme is a special scheme that enables homeowners building a home to benefit from the special VAT rules that allow the qualifying construction costs of new homes and certain conversion works to be zero-rated. In this way, any VAT paid on certain qualifying costs can be recovered. The scheme has been designed to effectively put homeowners in a similar...

Furnished holiday lettings
13/07/2017 - More...
The furnished holiday let (FHL) rules allow holiday lettings of properties that meet certain conditions to be treated as a trade for some specific tax purposes. Individuals, partnerships, trustees and companies who let furnished holiday accommodation situated within the UK or elsewhere in the EEA can benefit from having a FHL. HMRC’s guidance on the scheme has recently been...

Rent-a-room scheme
13/07/2017 - More...
The rent-a-room scheme is a set of special rules designed to help homeowners who rent-a-room in their home. The limit increased to a generous £7,500 from 6 April 2016, after remaining stagnant for many years and has remained at the same level for the current tax year. The relief applies only to the letting of furnished accommodation and is usually used when one bedroom is...

No benefits but still need to file a form?
06/07/2017 - More...
As many of our readers will be aware, new payroll legislation on the treatment of certain business expenses and benefits came into effect from 6 April 2016. One of the main changes was the removal of the requirement for employers to report certain expenses paid to employees (whether deductible or not) on form P11D at the end of the tax year. The business expenses and benefits...

Directors may not have to file a tax return
06/07/2017 - More...
A recent First Tier Tribunal case examined whether a company director had an obligation to submit a Self Assessment tax return without receiving a notice to file. The taxpayer in question appealed against penalties totalling £1,300 relating to his 2014-15 Self Assessment return on the basis that he had a reasonable excuse for his appeal. Part of the appeal was based on the...

Taxman and the shed
06/07/2017 - More...
One of the most often used and valuable of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemptions covers the sale of the family home. In general, there is no CGT payable on the sale of a property which has been used as the main family residence. An investment property which has never been used will not qualify. This relief from CGT is commonly known as private residence relief (PRR). One of...

Bricklayer turned accountant is jailed
06/07/2017 - More...
An Essex based financial adviser has admitted tax fraud and has been jailed for five years. He set himself up as tax adviser despite having no financial qualifications. He had previously worked as a bricklayer and his clients were mainly made up of crane drivers, builders and other construction industry workers. The "financial adviser" assisted his clients in making...

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