There are many joys in being a trustee of a charity, including that sense of wellbeing which is present when realising that the time and effort along with the responsibilities of the position mean that the charity which one is supporting can achieve its objects. That is why we take on the role of trustee and why we are prepared to allocate time and expertise to the voluntary role. Knowing that the charitable purpose is being achieved in part down to our input is often all the thanks we require.

Read more ...

We are often asked to consider what the best trading structure for a business might be, and with that the tax benefits of trading through a limited company can be a major influencing factor. 

Read more ...

The DIY house builder scheme allows individuals to reclaim the VAT paid on materials and services when building their own home from scratch.

Read more ...

For many tax advisors January is one of the busiest times of the year having to deal with the personal tax filing deadline of 31 January. With under a week to go HMRC estimated that just over 3million returns were still to be filed, representing around 27% of all returns expected. With so much to do it can be easy for individuals to focus on meeting filing deadlines and to forget about planning opportunities for the current year. 

Read more ...

 

 

Medium and Large companies are required to have a statutory audit, however, small companies can also benefit from an external review. Thomas Westcott have experienced teams across the firm to help improve performance.

Read more ...

This month we learn more about Paul's role at Thomas Westcott and how he would struggle to cope if stranded on a desert island... 

Read more ...

 

Auto-enrolment, pension contributions since 2012 have been calculated at a rate of 1% employee and 1% employer contribution of the employees qualifying earnings. As from 6 April 2018 these rates will be increasing to 3% employee contribution and 2% employer contribution. 

Read more ...

 

You will hopefully have completed your self-assessment tax return form for 2017….

Read more ...

This may perhaps be considered a little controversial but as tax advisers we can often be the last professional adviser to be informed that a client has disposed of a UK residential property. This sometimes occurs only at the point the client provides us with their tax return information.

Read more ...

 

Many of us have woken up to the news this morning that construction giant, Carillion, has gone into compulsory Liquidation. The writing may have been on the cards for some time; the Company’s shares have lost 90% of their value since 2017; the Company has been issuing profit warnings over the past year; and costs have significantly overrun on some large public sector contracts. The knock on effect could be dramatic for many:

Read more ...