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Friday, 09 November 2018

Funding boost for Norfolk community and charity sector

Larking Gowen LLP is delighted with the announcement that Norfolk ProHelp has secured significant funding, as well as new sponsorship. Norfolk ProHelp provides free professional and strategic advice to charities and community interest groups throughout Norfolk.  Julie Grimmer, Partner at Larking Gowen LLP, acts as voluntary Chair for the organisation.

Blog

Thursday, 08 November 2018

HMRC spend on tax investigations brings in even higher returns

New data shows that HMRC’s tax take has been bolstered by more successful investigations into individuals and SMEs. The investigation units that focus on those small businesses and individuals collected £16 extra in taxes for every £1 spent on their investigatory staff in 2016/17, up on the £15 collected the year before.

Blog

Thursday, 08 November 2018

A millennial's take on financial lingo

A recent accountancy survey highlighted that 60% of college and university students can’t explain terms like: ISA, bonds, shorting, hedge funds, index tracker fund and derivatives.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Academy Advisor Autumn 2018

Download our regular newsletter for academies and free schools.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Services to the legal profession

Our legal team have many years’ experience and our sector lead, Jon Woolston, is one of the top legal specialist accountants in the UK. As well as handling your business accounts and tax affairs, we can provide specialist advice in several key areas for legal practices.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Making Tax Digital - Tax in the digital age

Making Tax Digital for Business (MTDfB) is a key part in the Government’s plan to modernise the tax system – it’s the biggest change in tax administration in decades. It will affect every business in the UK, including those with rental income, and will change the way that businesses keep their accounting records, report profits and interact with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Press Release

Monday, 05 November 2018

Ipswich East member named Event Organiser of the Year

Rotarian John Button of the Ipswich East Rotary Club (pictured on the right in photo above) has received the award of Event Organiser of the Year from Community Action Suffolk. Community Action Suffolk champions community action in Suffolk by supporting the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in its work

Blog

Monday, 05 November 2018

Tax tips

When it comes to personal tax, there are always issues that get us accountants excited (well relatively!). Three current hot topics are: Claiming for tax deduction of clothing, Making Tax Digital (MTD) and VAT campaign  reduce the VAT rate in the hospitality and tourism industries.

Blog

Friday, 02 November 2018

Autumn Budget Summary

The Chancellor delivered his Budget speech this week and what a speech it was! There were new taxes introduced, threshold amendments, brilliant-one liners and more. 

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Thursday, 01 November 2018

Trust registration service – round two!

The trust registration service (TRS) last year caused all sorts of issues. So, we’re disappointed that the scope of the existing Trust Register is to be extended in 2020 by yet another EU directive.

Blog

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Charity fundraising – what are a trustee’s responsibilities?

Fundraising is difficult, especially with more and more demand on donors’ income. However, there are opportunities; 70% of potential donors indicated they would be more inclined to give to a charity if they knew how their money was directly helping.

Blog

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Preliminary thoughts on Budget 2018

Most of the immediate reaction to Phillip Hammond's 2018 Budget statement dwelt on the headline grabbing increase in personal allowances and the question of whether or not the Budget marked an end to austerity.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Autumn 2018 Budget Summary

How will the Budget affect you?

This booklet summarises the important changes; but how these affect you, or your business, depends on your circumstances – which are specific to you.

News

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Autumn 2018 Budget Summary

How will the Budget affect you?

Download our Budget Summary and Tax Rates, which explain the important changes.

Blog

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

What does the Autumn Budget mean for the world of insolvency?

You may have read a Budget summary and have a good idea of the key policies that are set to affect the UK. However, less reported are the impending changes that will affect the insolvency landscape.

Webinar

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Budget webinar recording 2018

Did you miss our Budget webinar, where our tax experts shared their understanding of Budget announcement from Phillip Hammond on Tuesday 30 October?

Click on the button below to view the recording of our webinar. 

Blog

Monday, 29 October 2018

Solicitors Accounts Rules – overcoming problems

In my recent blog, Solicitors and SAR audits – common problems, I discussed some common problems I’d noticed in this year’s SAR audits. Here, I’ll discuss how to tackle other key issues.

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Friday, 26 October 2018

Possible Budget changes - Capital Gains Tax Entrepreneurs’ Relief

Given the current political situation and the furore caused by the removal of the Business Asset Taper Relief (BATR) in 2008, it may be a surprise if Capital Gains Tax Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER)  is abolished next week. However, don’t rule out some tinkering with the existing rules.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Making Tax Digital – delay for some VAT businesses

We previously reported that from 1 April 2019, VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) will be required to keep digital records, and submit their VAT returns via the Making Tax Digital for Businesses (MTDfB) system.

Press Release

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Markets & Subsidy Assurances are Starting to Have a Positive Impact on Farmers’ Outlook

Britain’s farmers are generally feeling more optimistic about the future than they did in 2017, according to a survey conducted by MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms.

The survey, undertaken at Cereals 2018, is based on interviews with over 100 farmers from across the country.

Press Release

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Recognition for Corporate Transactions in Central and East Dealmakers Awards 2018

We are proud to announce that the Larking Gowen Corporate Transaction team have been shortlisted for two categories in the Insider Central and East Dealmaker Awards 2018; Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year and Deal of the Year (transaction size under £10m).

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pension contribution changes for NHS GPs, hospital doctors and staff

Changes have been introduced to the annual allowance for pension contributions. This change has had significant impact on medical practitioners who are contributing to the NHS scheme.

Blog

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Are you an older worker?

I hadn’t given it much thought until last year but, up until about 2011, the Default Retirement Age (DRA) was 65 for men and 60 for women. The ending of the DRA, and the requirement for age equality, has had a significant impact on older workers. The exception is for those lucky enough to be able to retire early due to having a significant pension pot!

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Friday, 05 October 2018

Do you have the right software package for upcoming HMRC changes?

Like many businesses, you’ve been filing your VAT returns online and have kept your records in line with HMRC requirements. However, HMRC are changing those requirements and introducing Making Tax Digital (MTD).

Blog

Monday, 01 October 2018

HMRC crackdown on underpayment of tax by individuals

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collected £832 million in extra tax through investigations into inheritance tax, charitable donations and trusts last year. This shows how HMRC are approaching non-compliance from all possible angles and, as a result, almost all taxpayers are at risk of investigation from the taxman.

Blog

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Changes to tax rules on remortgaged buy-to-let property

The scenario is a common one: Mr Smith owns some rental properties. During a tax year he wanted to buy a new home for himself. He raised the funds by remortgaging one of his rental properties. The interest charged on the new loan was claimed as a deduction against his rental income.

Blog

Monday, 24 September 2018

Solicitors and SAR audits – common problems

As another season of Solicitors Accounts Rules (SAR) audits draws to a close, I’ve observed some trends and key problem areas that keep cropping up. In this blog and my next, I’ll discuss how to avoid or overcome these common problems.

Press Release

Monday, 24 September 2018

Larking Gowen regional winner of Workplace Wellbeing Award

East Anglian based chartered accountants, Larking Gowen, is proud to be announced regional winner of the Workplace Wellbeing Award in the British Chamber of Commerce ‘Chamber Business Awards 2018’, it has been announced today.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Farm-saved seed – a warning

As we move into the period of autumn cultivations, and clients continue the search for ways to cut a cost here and there, some will look in the barn, consider the cost of fresh seed, and decide that maybe this year they’ll take some of their own best sample, have it dressed and save a few pounds.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

VAT domestic reverse charge – how does this affect the construction sector?

HMRC recently held a consultation requesting views on the proposed introduction of a reverse charge mechanism to combat VAT fraud in the construction sector.  Following its conclusion and analysis of feedback, HMRC have published draft legislation in the form of a Statutory Instrument, which will become section 55A of the VAT Act 1994 with effect 1 October 2019.

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