Auto-Enrolment and Pensions, Plus IQ Tests

We passed a milestone a few weeks back regarding auto-enrolment and pensions; they are now part of every business employing staff. In this weeks sound bite, I am looking at how far we have travelled and what to expect.  But first, did you see the squabble that Trump is having with his secretary of state over IQ. You […]

Tax Refunds and Leadership Speeches.

I thought I had it all planned. Christmas was starting to appear in the shops, and so I found a topic for this week’s Sound Bite that reflected the Christmas (or January) mood. Tax payments and tax refunds. Then comes along Theresa (pass me a lozenge) May and coughs her way onto many of the […]

Playboy’s Brand Power, and Highland Spotlight

A brand power house died this week, Playboy and Hugh Hefner are forever linked. The bunny logo is one of the most recognised logos from the last century. That image and the man who created the brand will always create a reaction both positive and negative. Hugh Hefner was 91 and will be laid to […]

Highland Spotlight 2017 and Ten Reasons to Visit

  The Highland Spotlight Exhibition is a Free event organised by the Inverness Chamber of Commerce. It takes place on Tuesday 26th September at the Kingsmill Hotel Inverness. The show is a big part of the highland business week which features events all over town and culminates with a lunch at the Drumossie Hotel on […]

Tax & Pensions and Investment with Whisky or Lego

I’ve just returned from a tax conference where a hot topic was pensions, the tax reliefs available and efficient saving for retirement. There were certainly some interesting ideas around tax & pensions and how to make the most efficient use of your pension contributions. After the conference was over and I was on that long road […]

Cash Back from HMRC for R&D. No White Coat Required.

As you should have realised by now we do more than just accounts and tax. We like to think that we support our clients in all aspects of their business. If it means securing ( Cash Back from HMRC ) a timely cash payment when they are developing new equipment or processes is just a […]

Change, Uncertainty or Progress, MTD and VAT?

Do you look at the world and see change, uncertainty or progress? I thought that the two words sum up the world at the moment are change and uncertainty. Much of it is in the name of progress. Perhaps that has never changed and the consistent thread of life is change and uncertainty.  In our sound […]

Saving Car Tax, plus the James Bond Dilemma

Last week I was considering the loss of contractors from the public sector due to a change in government policy. This week I want to look a company car taxation which is another area that is policy driven. ( sorry pun) I get a lot of questions about cars that are purchased through the business […]

IR35 and the Public Sector Skills Gap.

Has the government shot itself in the foot? Are we seeing another ill thought out government policy decision? Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all political here but I will leave you to make up your own mind. The recent announcement of a refocusing of the MTD project (Making Tax Digital) and the reasons […]

How to boost your pension & BBC’s payroll under scrutiny.

I am returning to pensions in our sound bite with, “ How to boost your pension and save tax at no additional cost”. But first, What do you make of all this stuff about the BBC’s payments to it best-known presenters? I think there are many issues around the disclosure and thought it worth some […]