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Accountants: Work Life Balance

Accountants: Work Life Balance

Today’s Blog is about getting your work/life balance in the right proportions and whilst it primarily concerns my profession, accountancy; it could equally apply to other many small businessmen and women. Accountant’s Work Life Balance Alistair Hayward-Wright Alistair...
Sue the Taxman? Yes you can!

Sue the Taxman? Yes you can!

The Court of Appeal has found that HM Revenue and Customs do owe a duty of care to a taxpayer if it makes mistakes and as a consequence, the taxpayer can sue HMRC for damages. Neil Martin v HMRC – The Background Neil Martin, a builder, suffered severe business...
Advantis: My mysterious debt to HMRC

Advantis: My mysterious debt to HMRC

I had a text message last week from a company called Advantis; the message read, “This is an urgent message from Advantis. We have an extremely urgent personal business matter to discuss with you. Please call us immediately quoting ref……… I couldn’t recall ever...
HMRC Wins Barrister Battle

HMRC Wins Barrister Battle

The long running case of Romie Tager, barrister and QC, finally reached a conclusion in the Court of Appeal last month and highlights that there is a clear distinction to be drawn between the most spectacular levels of neglectful non-compliance and the murky world of...
Odd ways Accountancy Fees have been paid

Odd ways Accountancy Fees have been paid

  A recent news report on how Sean Connery paid his accountant got me thinking of odd and often bizarre ways that clients have paid me and anecdotally, another accountant I know. Most of these stories brought a smile to my face so I thought I’d share a few with you....
Artificial VAT Assessments

Artificial VAT Assessments

This is a tale of two associated companies and HMRC’s disallowance of nearly £50,000 of input tax, resulting in the VAT officer involved getting a very nice little bonus, so read on….. VAT Trading background Bob Antsy is the sole director of a building company Antsy...
Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp Duty Land Tax

How Much Tax will you pay selling your garden for building? In 2017 the number of new homes built reached its highest level since 2008 but even so, this figure fell well short of government targets.  Several councils are trying to achieve their ‘new build’ target by...