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Construction industry scheme – what’s the latest?

11th March 2024
In a move to prevent or at least reduce tax avoidance, changes to the construction industry scheme (CIS) rules takes effect from April 2024. As a contractor or subcontractor in the industry, what do you need to know?  Naomi Swan provides an update in this article. The main aim of the construction industry scheme (CIS)...

To lease or buy?

5th March 2024
Your business is growing and you are considering whether the company should lease or buy new premises. What factors do you need to take into account before making a decision?  Associate Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office discusses the options in this article. Leasing There are several reasons why it could make more sense for...

Is your grant income subject to VAT?

4th March 2024
Your charity has received a grant to help it to fund specific projects and you are worried that the strict conditions imposed will make it subject to VAT. Is this the case and what checks can you make to ensure there are no problems?  Gail Trojan provides the answers. Status of grant provider The first...

Company v bank loans?

1st March 2024
If you need a loan and your company has available cash, is it more tax efficient to borrow from it instead of your bank?  Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office discusses below. Borrowing interest free cash from your company (that it doesn’t have to borrow to lend to you), instead of via a bank loan...

Vacancy – Experienced Accounts Staff

13th February 2024
Required due to continued growth JRW Hogg & Thorburn are recruiting Experienced Accounts Staff to assist primarily with accounts preparation for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships. Previous experience of professional accounts production software and procedures essential. Experience of Iris accounts production software an advantage. A team player with excellent interpersonal, time management and organisational...

Get ready for changes to UK company law

2nd February 2024
“Companies House is an executive agency of the Department for Business and Trade. We incorporate and dissolve limited companies. We register company information and make it available to the public. We are approaching a pivotal moment in our history. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency (ECCT) Act will fundamentally change our role and our purpose...

Extracting income where IR35 applies

2nd February 2024
If the work that you do through your company is caught by the IR35 off-payroll rules, PAYE tax and NI must be accounted for even where you extract the income as a dividend. This can result in a double tax charge. How can you prevent this?  Partner Joanne Gibson looks at this below. PAYE tax...

The tax implications of writing off a loan

31st January 2024
The Managing Director of a company, who is also the main shareholder, has given loans of £25,000 to the company to support it through the economic downturn. The company’s losses for the latest year end are £30,000. As the director’s loan is currently showing as a liability, the director is considering writing it off to...

How to provide uniforms tax efficiently

31st January 2024
You pay a clothing allowance to your customer-facing staff and your business pays their PAYE tax and NI. You are considering providing the clothing direct as you recently read that it’s more tax efficient than paying an allowance. Is this correct?  Naomi Swan discusses below. Cash allowance versus reimbursed expense Generally, if you pay one...

The gift of capital allowances

30th January 2024
You received a new laptop for Christmas which you will use for work. Even though it cost you nothing, can you claim a tax deduction in respect of the business use?  Kenny Logan from our Edinburgh office provides the answer below. A gift with extra benefit It’s nice to receive gifts and apart from thanking...