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Friday, 25 May 2018

2018 Legal Benchmarking Report – How does your firm compare

Our Legal Benchmarking Report reveals a need for firms to focus on organic growth, improving the efficiency and billing processes as the sector faces the end of a three-year period of sustained growth. Read the full report here. 

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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.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Trustees’ meetings and decision making

Meetings and their documentation are important. The minutes of your considerations and decisions are the evidence on which you’ll be judged as to whether you’ve fulfilled your duties as a trustee. Read our top tips for trustees' meetings. 

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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?

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018

MHA Larking Gowen Tourism Survey Results

We recently launched the results of our annual tourism and leisure business survey, which cover all sorts of tourism related businesses in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. This includes hotels, sport and leisure, museums, pubs and visitor attractions.

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Monday, 30 April 2018

Investing - what should charities consider?

The decision of how much, when and what to invest in can be a challenging one for trustees. What are a trustee’s responsibilities when making financial investments? What do trustees need to consider?

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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?

Brochure

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tourism and Leisure Business Survey Results 2018

Our 2018 Tourism and Leisure Business Survey was again well supported this year and we would like to thank all of you who have participated in it and all those who have helped to promote it. Download our brochure to read the full results. 

Press Release

Monday, 23 April 2018

Barratt and Cooke race to first place in the MHA Larking Gowen Norwich City Half Marathon Business Challenge

On Sunday 15 April just under 2,000 runners took part in the MHA Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon.  Fifteen teams entered the Business Challenge, an inter-company ‘best time’ competition held within the main race. Click here to find out the results...

Press Release

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Independent Survey shows East Anglia’s tourism industry shines brightly, against a backdrop of rising costs and longer hours for owners can it be sustained?

Some 300 tourism businesses completed the Tourism and Leisure Business Survey, co-ordinated by MHA Larking Gowen - Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. The survey enables voices from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex’s tourism sector to be heard. Read the results here

Blog

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.

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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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Thursday, 05 April 2018

Spring statement 2018

At this time of year, we accountants are usually getting excited by the annual Budget, poring over the small print to make sure our clients aren’t paying too much tax, and hurriedly trying to put things in place before 5 April.

Press Release

Wednesday, 04 April 2018

MHA Larking Gowen join the early bird herd

Chartered accountants MHA Larking Gowen have announced that they have joined Elmer’s Big Parade. The trail of 50 large and 100 small Elmers will hope to raise vital funds for St Elizabeth Hospice and arrives in Ipswich in 2019.

News

Tuesday, 03 April 2018

MHA Larking Gowen LLP

LLP’s have been around for some time now so it begs the question why MHA Larking Gowen has chosen now to convert?

There are three main reasons, read more to find out why. 

Blog

Tuesday, 03 April 2018

Employment tax changes – what employers need to know

As one tax tear ends and another begins, there are employment tax issues that employers need to be thinking about. My previous blog covered reporting requirements for employment related securities. In this blog, I’ll look at some changes in legislation.

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Are you happy to pay more tax?

I’m guessing that most people’s answer to this is no. However, if you don’t plan to receive your income in the most tax efficient manner, you may well end up paying more.

Whilst time is short to get things changed prior to 5 April 2018, a review now may save tax in 2018/2019.

Blog

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Employment related securities – what do employers need to report?

In the lead-up to 5 April each year there are plenty of employment tax issues to be thinking about, both in relation to reporting requirements for the tax year now ending as well as the legislative changes going forward. One area that employers need to consider is that of employment related securities.

Blog

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Should our charity consider collaborative working?

As many charities are facing increasing pressure on their traditional sources of income they need to be innovative in either finding new sources of income or different ways to operate more efficiently. Read our blog to see how working with other charities could help.

Press Release

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

MHA Larking Gowen shortlisted for Tolley’s Taxation Award 2018 ‘Best Tax practice in a regional firm’ category

MHA Larking Gowen are delighted to announce that their Tax Advisory Group have today been shortlisted for an award in the category of Best Tax Practice in a regional firm at this year’s national Tolley’s Taxation Awards.

Blog

Thursday, 22 March 2018

VAT in the motor trade – consignment stocks

VAT is an increasingly complex tax, particularly in the motor trade where mistakes can be costly due to the high unit values involved. HMRC continue to target motor dealers using specially trained officers, so it’s always worth reviewing your VAT accounting.

Blog

Friday, 16 March 2018

BLOG - Professional clerking in the academy sector

With the spotlight on governance it’s easy to overlook the clerk, who can be a vital resource, supporting the effective functioning of the governing body. The voluntary nature of governance makes the role all the more important as it provides a vital link to administrative, organisational and advisory support; contributing to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of the governing body.

Blog

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Blog - IT sector deal activity at its peak

Information technology (IT) continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It affects every other industry as most good businesses rely on IT to function smoothly and efficiently.

Blog

Friday, 09 March 2018

Why is reputation important for a charity?

By now, everyone will have seen the reports about Oxfam, and the resulting damage to its reputation. Donations to Oxfam have certainly been hit but it appears that donations to charities in general may fall as the public’s mistrust of charities increases.  

Blog

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Spring clean your finances

With Christmas a distant memory, and January and February out of the way, we can look forward to spring with renewed optimism. The depressing dark days are behind us and we’ve got over ‘Blue Monday’. What else can we do to brighten the outlook? What do you need to start thinking about in terms of tax affairs?

Blog

Monday, 26 February 2018

Financing options for legal firms

Is your firm’s cash under strain? Are you hoping to invest in improvements but don’t have the ready cash? Do you have a retirement looming? What are your options?

News

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Time is running out to be a part of the 2018 tourism survey

We are looking for feedback from hundreds of tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Blog

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Should charities ever refuse or return a donation?

With charities under increasing public scrutiny, there is added pressure to be seen to be ‘doing the right thing’ by potential donors. The recent high-profile allegations against the Presidents Club have resulted in some charities returning donations received from the Presidents Club Charitable Trust.   The Charity Commission has issued a news story on this area called Returning Money to Charities.

Successes

Monday, 12 February 2018

Case study - Blayhall Marine Limited - Business Sale

Blayhall Marine Limited is the holding company for Star Marina Solutions Limited an established market leading provider of marina management systems, which sit at the hub of operations for marinas, harbours and waterways.

Blog

Friday, 09 February 2018

Clarified guidance for museums and galleries exhibition tax relief

The Museums and Galleries Exhibition tax relief (MGETR) is now law and fully in effect. HMRC have updated their guidance so we also know more about how it works.

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