27

Apr

Tax affairs and image rights – les...

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Recent cases involving the tax affairs of top-flight football clubs, international professional footballers and issues surrounding taxation of their ‘image rights’, reinforce the importance of careful planning if investigations by HMRC are to be avoided, leading tax specialist Simon Littlejohns has warned. The Head of Tax at Birmingham-based Chartered Accountancy practice, Friend Partnership Limited, Simon […]

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7

Dec

Tax hit for redundancy payments – ...

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The Autumn Statement contained more tweaks than sweeping changes but the Chancellor’s ‘tweak’ to tax on redundancy payments will hit both employees and employers, as Simon Littlejohns, Head of Tax at Friend Partnership Limited explains. Changes announced in the Autumn Statement mean that some employees could lose almost a third of their redundancy payment in […]

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23

Nov

Autumn Statement 2016

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In Mr Hammond’s first and last Autumn Statement, his opening comment was that he is committed to creating a UK economy that ‘works for everyone’. His announcements may have contained few surprises but his speech was delivered with confidence and humour, as Simon Littlejohns, Head of Tax at Friend Partnership Limited explains. The IMF has […]

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27

May

Acquisition of Coventry manufacturer

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Acquisition of Coventry manufacturer creates new force in the UK’s laser cutting and fabrication industry Coventry-based HTA Group Limited, one of the UK’s largest subcontract manufacturers, has been acquired by Lancashire-based WEC Group in an undisclosed deal which creates a business with 800 employees and a projected £75 million turnover. Established in 1973, HTA Group is […]

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17

Mar

Budget 2016 – for the next generation

Published by Simon Littlejohns

Mr Osborne’s 2016 Budget announcement was set against a backdrop of worsening economic forecasts and the impending referendum on Europe. Described a number of times by Mr Osborne as a Budget for the next generation measures were announced which will: introduce a ‘sugar levy’ on soft drinks manufacturers, provide an alternative savings vehicle for retirement, […]

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9

Jul

Summer Budget 2015

Published by Simon Littlejohns

The Conservatives now have another five years to push on with their economic and tax initiatives. Many voters had been eagerly awaiting the Summer Budget to see whether the Election promises would be honoured. The tax measures have to be set against an economic background which has at its core the deficit reduction and further […]

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19

Mar

2015 Spring Budget

Published by Simon Littlejohns

In the run up to this year’s Budget Mr Osborne promised that there would be no ‘unaffordable giveaways’ or ‘gimmicks’ revealed in his speech to sway undecided voters in May’s General Election. In the usual round of speculation leading up to Budget Day there was talk of: a relaxation of the Inheritance Tax rules for […]

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4

Dec

Osborne delivers a SDLT surprise!

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George Osborne took on the role of comedian with the delivery of the Autumn Statement yesterday with pointed references to Wallace & Gromit and Life on Mars directed at the opposition benches. Whilst we were forewarned about much of what Mr Osborne had to announce there was one surprise left for his closing flourish. The […]

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20

Mar

Spring Budget 2014

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For Budget 2014 the economic pointers are looking better and the Chancellor opened his speech with a positive assessment of the improving economic forecasts and prospects for the future. He said that manufacturing was ‘not finished in the West’ and stressed that the Government is on the side of manufacturers. He also said that he […]

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6

Dec

2013 Autumn Statement

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George Osborne presented his latest Autumn Statement on 5th December against a backdrop of increasing optimism and belief that the UK economic recovery is gathering pace. The announcement of a further £3 billion of Government spending cuts may have helped to dampen the enthusiasm of his colleagues. The tax initiatives he detailed had been well […]

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