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Escalate is providing access to justice for thousands of SMEs.

Escalate innovate and award winning dispute resoltuon service is providing access to justice for thousands of small and medium sized (SMEs) businesses.

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What a relief for entrepreneurs…

As a tax professional advising entrepreneurial businesses, one of the main subjects which repeatedly makes my phone ring, or sets off my email ping, is that of Entrepreneur’s Relief (ER).  

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The Countryside Productivity Grant Scheme is now open

Defra has announced that the second round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme is now open with a deadline for applications of midday on 3rd September 2019

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Payroll Team Awarded Coveted Gold Standard for Third Time

Armstrong Watson's payroll service line has been accredited with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional’s Payroll (CIPP) Assurance Scheme for the third time.

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Increasing HMRC Tax Investigations and spiralling costs

In recent years HMRC has become much more aggressive towards the collection of tax, using their connect system that holds information from many government departments as well as external bodies and offshore institutions, and this has led to a greater focus on tax enquiries to collect any tax HMRC

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Changes to the IR35 process or “off payroll workers” in the pipeline

The consultation on “off payrolling in the private sector” or IR35 is changing in 2020.

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The VAT domestic reverse charge for construction services

From 1 October 2019 there will be a significant change to how suppliers in the construction industry supply chain account for VAT. The changes will apply to businesses making or receiving specified services that are reported under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

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Problems with VAT Direct Debit Payments

With the holiday season in full flow, it’s very easy to understand how the attention of businesses in the Hospitality sector is rightly focused towards guests, from quick turnarounds on accommodation changeover days to making sure quality and supply of food and beverages meet the ever increasing

Payroll News

Employment Allowance changes from 2020 is open for discussion

Let us hear your thoughts... I'll be hosting a CIPP think tank session on 9th August in Carlisle to discuss the changes published, due to come into force from April 2020⁠. Please do spare some time to read about the changes detailed below. 

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Construction Retention's – it’s time for change

The construction retention is open to abuse, and contractors are potentially missing out on millions of pounds of unpaid invoices. Bill Bordill, a director at Escalate partner firm Decipher, explains why.