Highlights

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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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You may be rich but are you wealthy?

When working with clients at Armstrong Watson we take time to establish what they want to achieve from running their business and their financial future. Many say that they want to be rich and others say they want to be wealthy yet it could be said that they both mean the same thing. 

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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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Justin Rourke

Justin Rourke Promoted to Senior Financial Planning Manager

Justin Rourke who is based from Armstrong Watson's Penrith office for 13 years is promotoed to Senior Financial Planning Manager within Armstrong Watson’s Financial Planning and Wealth Management team.

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Cash Flow Crisis

Whilst many headlines are focused on the uncertainty around Brexit, it will probably not have gone unnoticed that there have been some large businesses in the news recently, many of whom are struggling.

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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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Download your free copy of INSIGHT

Armstrong Watson's Financial Planning and Wealth Management's free quarterly Insight Magazine is available to download now.  

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Casual Dining – Will the Sector Learn the Lessons from 2018?

Do not be in any doubt, 2018 was a difficult year for the hospitality sector, with around an 18% increase in the number of food and drink companies entering into an insolvency process.

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The Office of Tax Simplification makes recommendations on simplifying IHT

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently published its second report on making Inheritance Tax (IHT) simpler to understand and have proposed a range of recommendations.  In sumnmary:

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We’re all going on a Summer Holiday

With the school summer holidays for many children only a few days away you may think that many families will already have their trips booked and planned.

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Experts fear a scandal in the next few years over pension freedoms.

A new paper entitled “Fixing the Freedoms” and published by Age UK on 30th June, shows that the low take up of advice and guidance provision in relation to pensions is failing to meet the expectations and needs of consumers and that as a result many older people are making decisions th