Monday, 10 September 2018

New Head for Personal Tax Team at Larking Gowen in Norwich

Larking Gowen is delighted to welcome personal tax specialist, Sally Farrow, as head of its Personal Tax team in Norwich. Sally, who is a Chartered Tax Advisor and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, originally trained with Larking Gowen, and now returns as Senior Tax Manager, after a number of years with a national accountancy firm.


Thursday, 06 September 2018

HMRC get tough on self-assessment taxpayer errors

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have taken to highlighting their recent success rate in court actions and litigation in warning letters to taxpayers, deterring them from letting the case reach court. This has led to more and more taxpayers settling up with HMRC to avoid lengthy and expensive court cases.


Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Larking Gowen announces sponsorship of Bury St Edmunds and Beyond’s ‘Bringing Tourism Together Trade Fair’

Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, the official tourism brand for Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area, are inviting tourism and business professionals to come along to meet their members which include accommodation providers, visitor attractions, food and drink providers, plus partners they are working with to promote the area.


Friday, 31 August 2018

Flexible working: employee phone and internet costs

Communication in the workplace has changed and video conferencing, skype, laptops and mobile phones have made flexible working the new normal. It isn’t at all unusual for employees to work from home using their existing personal phone and internet connections for business. So, is it possible for employers to reimburse them for any extra costs?


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Larking Gowen Runners Pick Up The Pace

Eleven runners from Larking Gowen are entering the final phase of training for the Great East Half Marathon, which takes place in Ipswich on 16th September this year, raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice. 


Monday, 20 August 2018

Why should law firms be looking at business structure now?

Have you noticed that a number of legal firms are changing or talking about changing their structure and have you wondered why? From the conversations we’ve had with legal firms, there seem to be several reasons.


Tuesday, 07 August 2018

HMRC’s crackdown on card payments

HMRC have been targeting restaurant and takeaway businesses as they believe they are more likely than most to under-declare income. 


Monday, 06 August 2018

Insolvency in numbers - individual insolvencies reach a six year high

The Insolvency Service have released the latest data on company and individual insolvency numbers in England & Wales. The statistics cover the period from April to June 2018 (Q2 2018).


Monday, 06 August 2018

BLOG - Top 10 tips to maximise the value of your business

Place yourself in a buyer’s shoes; what aspects of your business really stand out and make it attractive for them to buy? It could be such things as intellectual property, product or service benefits, locations, brand and reputation, price point, market knowledge and customer service levels.


Friday, 03 August 2018

Recognition for local accountants in Rural Business Awards

East Anglian accountants and business advisors, Larking Gowen, has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Professional Services category of the Rural Business Awards for the eastern region.


Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Big news in the motor sector this week

HMRC have issued Brief 7 (2018) confirming the VAT position when contributions are made by motor dealers towards the price of a customer’s car.


Monday, 23 July 2018

No compromise on legal action for business, warns HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) Executive Chairman Edward Troup has warned taxpayers that HMRC will not compromise when taking legal action against them.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Press release - Larking Gowen Ranks Joint First in Mergers & Acquisitions League Table

The Experian Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) report for the first 6 months of 2018 ranked Larking Gowen’s Corporate Finance team joint first in the region.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Is it too soon for lawyers to consider Making Tax Digital for VAT?

If you’re compulsorily VAT registered, from 1 April 2019, your business must comply with new Making Tax Digital for VAT rules or potentially face fines of up to 15% of your annual VAT bill under the default surcharge regime.

Read on to find out what you should be doing now to prepare for the transition.



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Changes to the tax relief on mortgage interest for landlords

From April 2017, there were significant changes to the tax relief you can get for mortgage interest on property lettings.

What are the changes and how will they affect landlords? Read our blog to find out.


Saturday, 07 July 2018

Larking Gowen Proud Sponsor of Famous Norwich Road Race

The 23rd Lord Mayor’s 5K City Centre Classic Road Race took place in Norwich this weekend, with a record-breaking number of participants. Sponsored for the first time by chartered accountants,  Larking Gowen, the race was set up in 1996, and has a reputation as one of the toughest on the UK race circuit, attracting top athletes from the county, and around the UK.


Thursday, 05 July 2018

Making Tax Digital – what are the implications for you?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Government’s plans for Making Tax Digital (MTD) but do you know the implications for you? I suspect that many small businesses are painfully unaware of how MTD might impact on their business administration in the foreseeable future.


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Graduation success for Larking Gowen employees

One of Larking Gowen’s core values, ‘Passion for our people’, is the driving force behind the Larking Gowen Leadership Development Programme, which saw participants graduate on Wednesday 20 June. 


Thursday, 21 June 2018

AISMA appoints two new board members

The Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA), the national network of accountancy firms specialising in the healthcare sector, has appointed Jim Duggan and Lizzy Lloyd to its executive board.


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Offshore tax evasion: HMRC close the net!

HMRC are introducing a new legal ‘requirement to correct’ undeclared UK tax liabilities on offshore matters or transfers by 30 September 2018.  If you have something to declare to HMRC then don’t wait.  Act on it now by either getting in contact with us, or getting in contact with HMRC directly. 


Monday, 18 June 2018

How to avoid late filing penalties on capital gains tax

Capital gains tax (CGT) gets reported on your self-assessment tax return for the year. The filing deadline and due date for payment is 31 January following the end of the tax year. So, with the deadline following standard self-assessment procedures, why are so many non-residents being hit with late filing penalties?


Monday, 18 June 2018

Meet the team - Richard Proctor

Meet the team, Richard proctor. Find out more here.


Wednesday, 06 June 2018


Are you confused and befuddled by the talk of cryptocurrencies? I must say that I am/was definitely confused by the concept, but I have no doubt that the whole idea will develop over the coming years and it will be as normal as Pounds and Euro’s.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Beware the fraudsters – Part 2

In my previous blog I discussed how a legal firm could fall foul to CEO fraud through information fraudsters can find on social media sites. In this update I’m going to look at another scheme that members in a legal firm can be tricked into.


Friday, 25 May 2018

Farmers – ever thought about diversifying?

It’s a question I’m sure many farmers ask themselves at some point … should I consider doing something different? If you love farming then I’m sure the answer is a quick and confident no, but should it be?


Thursday, 17 May 2018

All change for Inheritance Tax reliefs?

For many years farm business owners have enjoyed a regime of capital taxes that have been extremely helpful in terms of planning for family succession. Wealth is largely protected on death with holdover relief to defer capital gains tax (CGT) to allow lifetime gifts to be made, or 100% relief for agricultural property and business property.


Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Farming businesses: Do you know where your cash goes?

There are many sayings about managing cash in a business – “cash is king” and “turnover is vanity; profit is sanity; cash is reality” to name but two. With many farms and estates diversifying their businesses, how can you be sure which part of the business is contributing to the cash inflow?


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

General Data Protection Regulation – Are you ready?

Recent research found that only 25% of law firms believed they were in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on 25 May 2018. What should law firms be doing?


Friday, 13 April 2018

BLOG - Top 10 common mistakes when selling a business

It’s not unusual for buyers to identify specific sellers and make offers. This is known as an off-market approach. It is often flattering for a seller, who may have not been thinking about a sale but is intrigued to explore it further.


Thursday, 05 April 2018

The future of UK farming

In February the Government published a consultation document entitled “Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.” The document runs to 64 pages and sets out possible options for the future of UK farming over the next generation. It should be regarded as compulsory reading (The NFU have produced a more manageable 14-page summary).


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