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Taxation Services

Our core Taxation Services consist of...

Employment Status

The question as to whether someone is employed or self employed is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. Many people assume they are free to choose, but this is not the case.

Although there is no clear-cut answer as to how you decide if you are self-employed or not, the following should be on your checklist

Fundamental factors to consider:

  • Control;
  • The right to get a substitute or helper to do the job;
  • Mutuality of obligations.

Other factors to consider:

  • Provision of equipment;
  • Financial Risk;
  • Basis of Payment
  • Opportunity to profit from sound management;
  • Part and parcel of the organisation;
  • Right of dismissal;
  • Employee benefits;
  • Intention of the parties;
  • Length of engagement.

These are often matters of general employment law, and not specific tax legislation. There is an enormous amount of Case Law in this area and HMRC are not always right. HMRC do not have the final say on whether somebody is self-employed or not. We can argue your case and take it before the Tax Commissioners for you.

The cost if you get it wrong is enormous. Not only is there the question of employees and employers national insurance, being classified as an employee also gives rise to all sorts of employment rights such as holiday pay, maternity pay, unfair dismissal etc. The decision has to be made by the employer and if you get it wrong it is going to be very hard to recover the back tax, interest, penalties etc from the worker.

We can review your existing arrangements and give you our opinion on whether it will stand up to attack from the Taxman. We can help advise on contracts for services to assist you and advise on how you can maximise your chances.

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Payroll, PAYE Returns and RTI

Everything seemed fine running your own business until the day you took on your first employee and became an unpaid tax collector. This is when you found out what red tape was all about.

Let us take the strain away from you and let you get on with running and growing the business. Payroll is complicated and has to be done on time and you as the employer are responsible for the mistakes.

We run payrolls on time and can provide a tailor made service for your business including...

  • Employee payslips;
  • Monthly summaries;
  • Departmental reports;
  • Dealing with leavers and starters;
  • Provision of analysis of staff costs;
  • Real Time Information (RTI) PAYE returns for the Revenue;
  • Assistance with automated payment set-up to your employees;
  • CIS returns completed by us.

You will never have to worry about calculating statutory sick pay or maternity pay and dealing with tax credits and student loan deductions ever again!

And at year end...

  • Employer Annual Return P35;
  • Employee summary P60's;
  • P11D and P9D benefit and expenses returns.

And the related tax planning advice...

Beyond the payroll compliance service, we offer comprehensive advice on all employment tax issues including...

  • Tax efficient remuneration strategies;
  • Planning for retirement;
  • Termination payments;
  • Inducement payments;
  • Company car and van strategies;
  • Benefits planning.

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Personal Tax

Need help with your Tax Return or want to pay less tax?

Personal tax services are available both for business owners and private individuals including...

  • All aspects of Self Assessment;
  • Dealing with Tax Returns;
  • Computation of liabilities;
  • Correspondence with HMRC;

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Property Tax

Are you a buy to let investor or property dealer or developer?

Property tax is a bit of a maze and we can advise you on issues such as...

  • Tax reduction strategies for rental income;
  • What is a repair and tax deductible and what is capital and not;
  • When to use a Limited Company to save tax;
  • Trading income versus Capital Gain considerations and advice;
  • Capital Gains rollover and holdover considerations;
  • Stamp Duty planning;
  • Tax efficient mortgage structures;
  • VAT considerations of property deals;
  • Making the most of the Principal Private Residence election;
  • Tax issues on the sale of part of your residence;
  • Second homes;
  • Inheritance Tax angles.

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Tax Returns and Self Assessment

Tax Returns can be completed for...

  • Individuals and sole traders;
  • Partnerships;
  • Limited Companies.

The self-assessment regime is full of penalties and HMRC enquiry powers are extensive. It's important that...

  • Returns are correctly completed;
  • They are filed on time;
  • All backup records are retained for the appropriate period of time.

As well as the completion of your return we can assist with...

  • Advice on your tax liabilities;
  • Negotiating with the Collector if necessary;
  • Identifying suitable tax planning opportunities;
  • Completing all the necessary tax computations;
  • Dealing with all correspondence from HMRC, taking the worry away from you.

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VAT Planning and Disputes

Compliance with VAT is becoming ever more complex. Investigations from the Vatman can be intense - all the more important that you have an accountant who is successful in negotiations with them.

We take best advantage of the reliefs available and the interpretation of the regulations. This is an extremely important feature of the service provided as it ensures peace of mind for all our clients.

We can help you with advice on the VAT schemes suitable to your business and dealing with VAT control visits as well.

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VAT Registration

For VAT registration we can assist with...

  • Advising if you need to or if it would be beneficial to register;
  • Completion of the VAT registration forms and formalities;
  • Advising on the best VAT schemes to use suitable to your business - some you have to notify HMRC you are using and some you don't.

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VAT Returns

Compliance with VAT is complex. Investigations by the Vatman can be intense - all the more important that your VAT returns are completed correctly.

There are three methods we can use to assist in completion of VAT returns...

  1. Let us do your book-keeping and we complete the return from there;
  2. Give us your books and we'll complete the return for you;
  3. Provide training on how to complete your return.

We complete VAT returns in good time to ensure you avoid any penalties.

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