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National Minimum Wage updates and Apprenticeship Levy

With updates to matters surrounding payroll  coming into play next month, including  the national minimum wage increase and the apprenticeship levy, we have created a payroll end of year factsheet to guide you through these changes:

Payroll 2016 17 End of Year Changes Factsheet

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VAT Flat Rate – puncture repair required?

Article written by Greg Mayne, Director of Indirect Tax and VAT

greg-mayne-boxWe have had a number of enquiries from clients currently operating the VAT Flat Rate Scheme who are concerned about the imminent changes to the scheme. As a quick reminder the Flat Rate Scheme allows smaller businesses (those with annual turnover of less than £150,000) to pay to HMRC a percentage of their income, rather than the ‘normal’ VAT charged on their supplies – this percentage being lower than the standard rate of VAT (20%).



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Meet our new Associates

Andrew Collyer, Matthew Lightfoot, Alex Baker, and Dale King have all excelled at BH since first joining us as trainees. Since qualifying, all four have been successful at managing an extensive portfolio of clients, and been given  greater responsibility within the firm.

Given the quality of their work and the level of commitment they have provided to our clients, the partners are proud to formally welcome them all as Associates of the firm.
With an exciting future ahead of them, the four are joining an already impressive group of talented Associates. (more…)

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Canterbury Rugby Club win BH Sponsored Match

Burgess Hodgson were match sponsors for the Canterbury RFC game against Barnstaple on Saturday 7 January. In an evenly-fought game Canterbury emerged victorious by 38 points to 32, and Man of the Match Barney Howard is pictured receiving his award from Greg Mayne, Associate at Burgess Hodgson.

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BH raises £6,909 for local charity “Snaap”

Each year Burgess Hodgson nominate a charity to benefit from annual staff fundraising efforts.
Staff have really pushed the boundaries in 2016, raising a firm record of £6,909 for local charity Snaap (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project).

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from all at Burgess Hodgson

Wishing all our friends, clients and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Our Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 22nd December – Business as usual

Friday 23rd December – Closed from 2.15pm

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th December – Closed

Friday 30th December – Business as usual

Monday 2nd January – Closed

From Tuesday 3rd January onward – Business as usual


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Changes for Landlords to consider

Article written by our Associate, Fiona Wilkes

As we turn to the final quarter of the 2016/17 tax year, many buy to let landlords are reviewing their affairs due to the restriction of tax relief on loan interest and finance costs being brought in from 6 April 2017.
Any higher rate tax relief on loan interest and finance costs, such as arrangement fees, will be restricted from 6 April 2017, with the restriction being phased in over 3 tax years.


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Autumn Statement: VAT – Flat rate inflated?

Article by Greg Mayne, our Director of indirect tax and VAT

Many smaller businesses benefit from the simplification and tax advantage that comes with using the VAT Flat Rate Scheme for small businesses. By way of a memory jogger this scheme applies to businesses with a taxable turnover of £150,000 or less, and allows the business to pay to HMRC a percentage of their income rather than the amount of VAT collected from customers. The ‘trade off’ for this is that VAT incurred on expenditure cannot
be recovered unless it is for a single capital asset of more than £2,000. (more…)

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Download Your Autumn Statement Summary

CLICK HERE to download our Autumn Statement summary which we have put together as a guide for you to get to grips with the key announcements. Alternatively, if you have any queries or think you may be affected by anything included in the Autumn Statement, please don’t hesitate to get touch.

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Chancellor confirms cuts to Corporation Tax in ‘final’ Autumn Statement

Resilience, commitment and match-fit for Brexit – these were the watchwords for Philip Hammond as the new chancellor delivered his first – and last – Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons.

In a largely upbeat Statement, Mr Hammond blended a more humorous approach than his predecessor with an economic insight that were a breath of fresh air. He also said this would be the last Autumn Statement, with the Budget moving to Autumn and a new Spring Statement. (more…)

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