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VAT (how to avoid a Christmas hangover!)

It’s coming to that time of year when business owners look to provide some festive cheer for their workers and favoured customers. With that in mind, Burgess Hodgson’s VAT and Duty Specialist Greg Mayne explains how employers need to bear VAT in mind when planning their celebrations. (more…)

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Burgess Hodgson becomes gold partner

With Team GB’s successes in Rio de Janeiro this summer still fresh in the memory, Burgess Hodgson is delighted to announce that it has recently been awarded Gold Partner status with Xero, the UK leader in cloud-based accounting software. (more…)

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Charity and Not for Profit update seminar

Burgess Hodgson and Furley Page invite you to an update for the Charity & Not for Profit sector on a variety of topics, ideal for charity trustees and finance professionals alike.


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Employers still hiring despite Brexit fears

British employers plan to hire more staff to meet demand but confidence about future investment and hiring has deteriorated because of worries about the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union, a survey by a recruitment body showed.

The “business-as-usual attitude” among consumers so far since the vote had encouraged many businesses to plan to expand their workforces, Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said. (more…)

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South East leads the way in R&D tax credits

Companies in London and the South East continue to be the biggest benefactors of the R&D tax credit scheme, according to new figures.

In total, companies received £2.45bn in tax relief for research and development last year, according to official figures, with claims rising to 22,445, an increase of £675m or 38% on the previous year.

The number of claims from small and medium-sized companies rose by 16% while large company R&D claims fell by 38%, reflecting the switch over to a new tax credit scheme for larger companies. (more…)

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Interest rates could be cut again this year

Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said this week he expects to vote for another interest rate cut this year if the economy evolves as the central bank expects. (more…)

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Business for sale: one emotional owner

The practical apsects of selling a business are complicated but it’s the emotional effects that often get overlooked, as Burgess Hodgson tax consultant Margaret Connolly explains (more…)

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Succession planning

In advance of Burgess Hodgson’s forthcoming succession planning seminar, tax consultant Margaret Connolly looks at this perennial tricky issue (more…)

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BH celebrates 40th anniversary in Canterbury

The buildings have expanded and there are significantly more partners and staff, but the ethos at Burgess Hodgson is the same as it was when the practice moved to the city 40 years ago. (more…)

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VAT and Brexit: possible changes and implications

When (and if) the UK finally exits the EU – current estimates suggest some time in 2018) – it will be the perfect time to revise the UK’s existing (and some might say outdated) VAT legislation, writes Greg Mayne, Greg Mayne, Director, Indirect Tax Services at Burgess Hodgson.

The current VAT Act – which takes its lead from the Principal EU VAT Directive -dates back to 1994 (and was preceded by one from 1983) is arguably long past its useful shelf-life; an overhaul would be welcomed by most professionals who have to deal with it. This would hopefully bring the legislation more in line with modern commercial transactions, such as Internet trading. (more…)

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