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HMRC Gives More Time to Businesses in Distress

After HMRC’s recent consultation on insolvency, the government has committed to give financially-viable companies more time to consider their options. The proposed measures will give businesses in distress a 28-day moratorium period on legal action (overseen by an insolvency practitioner) allowing time to consider a restructuring or seek new investment to rescue their business, free[...] Read more »

Tax avoidance: how to stay on the right side of the law

Tax avoidance is described by HMRC as “operating within the letter, but not the spirit, of the law” and SME tax returns are being scrutinised to make sure they don’t fall foul of the rules. As HMRC wins around 8 out of 10 avoidance cases that taxpayers choose to litigate, we look at how to spot[...] Read more »

Making Tax Digital: stay in the know

Making Tax Digital is a government initiative that sets out a vision to bring the UK tax system into the 21st century and ‘make it easier for individuals and businesses to get tax right and keep on top of their affairs – meaning the end of the tax return for millions’. Under the new regime,[...] Read more »

The Taxman Calling is Causing Even More Disquiet than Usual

HMRC investigations are not pleasant, and nor are they meant to be. However, a recent research study commissioned on behalf of the HMRC itself has revealed widespread discontent amongst the majority of smaller businesses about investigations undertaken by the taxman. The research showed that 52% of small businesses thought that the investigations were too intensive,[...] Read more »

Help Bennett Verby Select a Charity… and We’ll Donate for Every Vote!

We have always been keen supporters of our community and the efforts of charities to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year, we select a charity to be the beneficiary of our efforts and support. We have drawn up a shortlist of five charities from which to choose our charity partner for the next[...] Read more »

The BV World Cup Quiz

For some people, football is trivial; to others it’s the only thing happening this month! To celebrate the FIFA World Cup, we’re bringing you the BV football quiz, filled with interesting facts on the teams playing. Q20: Which country offered tax breaks to FIFA in return for hosting the World Cup? A: All of them![...] Read more »

If your business is suffering cash flow issues, the time to act is NOW.

Too many companies find themselves suffering financial problems and try to ignore them, hoping they can trade their way out of it. If that works, great, but it often doesn’t and doing nothing is the wrong option; even if it is only a temporary downturn in company fortunes. The fact is that suppliers can present[...] Read more »

Small Businesses Could Feel Real Pain from Interest Rate Increases and Should Act Now to Avoid the Worst

Recent months have seen interest rates begin to creep up after a long and stable period of near zero interest rates. Small businesses are especially exposed to the financial risks and uncertainties caused by these rate increases. Some reports suggest that a rise in interest rates of just 0.25% could cost British SMEs an additional[...] Read more »

HMRC is getting more money back from its business investigations than ever before

The return on investment per pound spent by HMRC on large business investigations has increased by 17% in the year ending 31 March, according to law firm Pinsent Masons. Pinsent Masons said that the amount of extra tax returned for every £1 spent on large business investigative staff reached £77 last year, up from £66[...] Read more »

Is it time to merge your business with another? Or, on the contrary, time to de-merge?

Business is, in many ways, similar to personal life; there are highs and lows, advantages and pitfalls. In the business world these high points might mean the “marriage” of a merger, whilst the lows could be represented by “divorce” – a de-merger. First, let’s look at a simple explanation – the difference between a merger[...] Read more »


 

 

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