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March 26, 2003

Pre-March 1987 Pensions


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In Issue 7 of Topical Tips we highlighted the incredible tax planning opportunities offered by pre-March 1987 pension schemes where beneficiaries can draw the whole of the funds of the

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March 25, 2003

Data Protection Act 1988


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If your business processes information on individuals either on computer or manually, you are known as a Data Controller and there is a legal requirement for you to comply with

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March 23, 2003

Capital Expenditure Planning


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Every year the Chancellor of the Exchequer announces changes to the way that businesses obtain tax relief on their plant and equipment. The general rule is that the cost of

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March 22, 2003

Retirement Saving


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What are you going to do to provide for your retirement? Many business owners say that their business is their pension scheme and/or they will rely on the cash tied

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December 22, 2002

Company Car Tax Loophole


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In the very first issue of Topical Tips last year we drew your attention to the punishing new levels of company car tax that came into effect on 6 April

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August 22, 2002

VAT Bad Debt Relief – NEW RULES


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Now that the 2002 Finance Bill has received Royal Assent and become law (on 24 July 2002), it is worth considering a subtle, but very important change to the rules

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July 25, 2002

Technological Threats and Opportunities


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Your business relies upon providing your customers or clients with an uninterrupted service – could it continue to do this without modern technology? From your computers and photocopier to software

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July 22, 2002

Company Car Taxation


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The question seems simple – if you own a company, should you have a company car, or should you run a car privately? The answer is not so simple –

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June 22, 2002

Inheritance Tax Planning


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IHT is often perceived to be the most unfair of all taxes. As a percentage of Barnes Roffe Topical Tips revenues for the Government it provides a tiny fraction of

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May 22, 2002

Tax and children


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In this issue of Topical Tips we consider the expensive issue of raising children. Most readers will welcome financial help from any quarter, particularly the Inland Revenue. Before this can

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April 22, 2002

Stakeholder pensions


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If your business operates a stakeholder pension scheme or deducts personal pension contributions from earnings then it is your responsibility as employer to ensure that there is a ‘record of

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April 22, 2002

Budget Aftermath


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Forget the spin – it’s a tax and spend budget! In this issue we comment on the key feature of the recent Budget – National Insurance changes – and offer

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