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February 28, 2002

Car Benefits


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Many of you will have received your notices of coding for next tax year (i.e. to 5 April 2003). Whilst the deductions for benefits might look disappointingly large and the

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February 22, 2002

Preparing your business for sale


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In the previous issue of Topical Tips we looked at general grooming issues that can be applied to any business to help it operate at its optimum level, even if

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January 25, 2002

Maximising the potential of your business


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Prepare to sell – even if you’re not going to One of the best ways to help your business reach its full potential, and maximise its value, is to run

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January 22, 2002

Business Value and Sale


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To kick off 2002, Topical Tips focuses on the thing that provides your livelihood, generates your money and should be your most valuable asset. Yes, we are talking about your

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November 23, 2001

Pension Planning


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An important pension planning matter is dealt with in this issue of Topical Tips. It is of great significance to the self-employed and individuals in nonpensionable employment who fund their

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November 22, 2001

Pre Budget Statement Issue


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Improvements to the NHS – at what cost to the taxpayer? The headline-grabbing feature of the statement was the commitment to increase spending on the National Health Service. The indication

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November 22, 2001

Taxation of Second Homes


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It is usually taken for granted that the family home can be sold without any capital gains tax (“CGT”) problems. This is because there is a generous CGT exemption for

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October 25, 2001

Internal Auditing


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Auditors often discover frauds committed by members of clients’ own staff. These are not necessarily new recruits – they can be long-serving and valued members of the team. Theft of

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October 22, 2001

Guard against surprise payroll costs


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Payroll compliance is getting more onerous every day. The government is now using the PAYE system to target benefits to individuals, with the employer increasingly being expected to have expert

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September 25, 2001

October 8th is Stakeholder Pension Day


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With effect from 8th October 2001 all businesses employing five or more people must have systems in place to enable their employees to make pension contributions under the new stakeholder

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September 22, 2001

Discover a tax-free bonanza


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There’s gold in them there schemes No, we are not suggesting that you should go out prospecting for gold or trying to find treasure buried by pirates, although if you

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August 22, 2001

IHT planning can be fun


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In this issue, we highlight an important inheritance tax (IHT) planning opportunity that is known as Double-Dipping. It is a technique that is available to husband and wife couples who

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