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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The new SRA Accounts Rules – are you ready?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) proposals, under its ‘Looking to the Future’ reforms, include important changes to the Solicitors Accounts Rules (SAR). The date to apply these changes is likely to be April 2019.

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Monday, 28 January 2019

HMRC ramp up tax investigations into the football industry

HMRC are currently investigating 171* professional football players, up 90% from just 90 football players under tax investigation in September 2017, as they look to crack down on the misuse of image rights payments, and increase revenues from the industry. 

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Monday, 28 January 2019

Insolvency Q&A part one: general insolvency

Welcome to part one of our five part blog covering the most frequently asked questions around insolvency and liquidation. For further advice about any of the topics covered in our insolvency blogs or regarding a specific scenario, please contact our insolvency & recovery specialists.

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Blog - Top 10 reasons why your management team might be able to afford your business

Just because they are working for you doesn’t mean they’ve revealed their true financial circumstances. Perhaps they have inherited money, have significant equity in their homes, or have simply saved and invested wisely over the years.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

HMRC ramp up inheritance tax investigations – 5,400 families hit in 2017/18

HMRC have increased their investigations into inheritance tax (IHT) as they look to squeeze more from compliance activities in this area. 5,400* families were investigated by HMRC over their inheritance tax returns last year, up 5% from 5,100 in 2016/17.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Research and development tax relief – it’s not too late to claim

If your company is involved in research and development (R&D), the Government’s R&D tax credit incentive could provide a valuable source of tax relief. What exactly is R&D, why is the tax relief so beneficial and what costs qualify for this under-utilised tax relief?

 

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Monday, 07 January 2019

New Year’s resolutions for your business

If you’re an entrepreneur, you could consider New Year’s resolutions for your business. Here are a few suggestions to think about.

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Friday, 04 January 2019

Changes to capital allowances

On 1 January 2019, the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), which is available for businesses to claim on their expenditure on plant and machinery, will temporarily increase from £200,000 to £1,000,000 for two calendar years.  We discuss how this change impacts businesses. 

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Farm incomes down by 15%

Figures released on 14 December by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) suggest that farm incomes for 2018 will be down by some £860m, a reduction of over 15%.

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Planning your estate: wills

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality, but planning for the future is important to make sure your property, money and possessions are distributed the way you intend. Writing a legally valid will is an essential part of this, and can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) poses problems for healthcare practices

Unfortunately, only a minority of healthcare practices have experienced a smooth and problem-free couple of years when it comes to the outsourced function of Primary Care Support England (PCSE). PCSE operates the collection of superannuation and initial processing of certificates (which has been outsourced to Capita).

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

How to grow your business using digital solutions

It’s safe to say that most business owners would like more time for themselves and more money from their business. It’s becoming apparent that most businesses can achieve this through the use of digital solutions software and the automation it provides.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

What to do when a charity trustee has a conflict of interest

All trustees have a legal duty to act only in the best interests of the charity. Trustees’ personal and professional connections can bring benefits to the work of a charity, often forming part of the reason why an individual was asked to join the trustee body. 

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

2018 autumn Budget – what this means for personal tax

This was Philip Hammond’s third Budget as Chancellor and the second autumn one. Unusually, it was presented on a Monday, apparently wishing to avoid any Halloween references had he held it later in the week. He also slipped in a few jokes, as has become his tradition.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Autumn Budget changes to Capital Gains Tax – what they might mean down on the farm

Among the more minor changes introduced in Autumn Budget 2018 were some proposed alterations to the capital gains tax (CGT) regime, which were labelled as “Private residence relief: reform of ancillary reliefs.” These have been seen primarily as a further attack on the private residential lettings market.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Blog - Top 10 reasons to be wary of some business brokers

Let’s face it, selling a business is often the most important deal a business owner will ever be involved with, so it’s vital to get the right support to achieve a successful outcome.

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Monday, 03 December 2018

Increased Annual Investment Allowance for 2019: the stumbling blocks

For most farms and agriculture businesses, the key announcement of the 2018 Budget is the increase in Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). However, there’s always a catch or, in this case, a few of them, so plan carefully to avoid tripping over.

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Monday, 03 December 2018

MHA Larking Gowen national runners up in Workplace Wellbeing Award

We're proud to be named as national runner up for the British Chambers of Commerce Workplace Wellbeing Award. The 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards took place on 28 November 2018 at a gala dinner at Tobacco Dock in London.

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Friday, 30 November 2018

St Elizabeth Hospice fundraising target smashed

MHA Larking Gowen was one of nine ‘Early Bird Herd’ firms challenged to raise £3,500 by January 2019, as part of next year’s Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. We can announce today that we’ve smashed that target, raising over £4,700, and well before the deadline.

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Friday, 30 November 2018

Cash income from HMRC’s investigations falls – forcing more investigations

HMRC’s annual report shows that real cash collected from investigations has fallen from £10.34 billion in 2016/17 to £10.33 billion in 2017/18.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Almost £2000 raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Staff at MHA Larking Gowen have raised almost £2000 for charity, at their Big Night Out 2018.  The money has been donated to East Anglian Air Ambulance, whose air crews, rapid response vehicles, and paramedics were called out 2,725 times last year.

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Press release - Continued success for Corporate Finance team

MHA Larking Gowen Corporate Finance remain top of the league and have been ranked joint first in the latest report from Experian Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). The team have advised on twelve deals for the East of England making them one of two firms ranked as the most active financial advisors in the East of England.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Blog - Budget changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief (“ER”) and Alphabet Shares

An unexpected announcement in the autumn Budget means that business owners who hold alphabet shares, which had previously qualified for Entrepreneurs’ Relief, may wish to look into new qualifying criteria, particularly when considering the sale of their business or shares.

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Budget changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief (“ER”) and Alphabet Shares

An unexpected announcement in the recent Budget means that business owners who hold alphabet shares, which had previously qualified for ER, may wish to look into new qualifying criteria, particularly when considering the sale of their business or shares.

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Larking Gowen proud sponsors of initiative celebrating 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women

MHA Larking Gowen has joined businesses across the region to support ‘Inspiring Women’ – an initiative by the East Anglian Daily Times to honour 100 inspirational Suffolk women, as part of celebrations marking 100 years of votes for women.

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Friday, 16 November 2018

New pricing transparency rules for solicitors – are you ready?

New rules on pricing transparency for solicitors have been published, and come into effect on 6 December 2018. The rules have been put in place following recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority. Firms that fail to meet the requirements could face disciplinary action.

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Friday, 09 November 2018

Funding boost for Norfolk community and charity sector

MHA 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 MHA Larking Gowen LLP, acts as voluntary Chair for the organisation.

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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.

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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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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

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