Case Studies

Case Study: Construction business moves to AW and sees benefit of proactive, full service approach

Armstrong Watson were appointed auditors, accountants and business advisers to R N Wooler & Company Limited and they have found a different level of client service since making the decision.

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North Brewing Co in Leeds

Case Study: Introducing a new wave of modern Beer Bars with a true Yorkshire heritage

Matt Osbourne, Lead Partner for Armstrong Watson, Leeds, has been working with and advising North Brewing Co over the last 12 months.  Matt explores the qualities that make North Brewing Co, and the individuals that drive it, such a standout success.

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Manufacturer and Accountant in factory

Case Study: Recently reviewed your costings process? Here’s why you should…

Accurately knowing your costings is an essential part of running a successful business, particularly if you’re looking to make significant changes and grow. However, sometimes the need to make changes in your business also requires the need to change the way those costings are worked out too.

We recently assisted a long standing Manufacturing client with exactly this issue. The method they were using for costing their production of parts for the engineering industry was old fashioned and no longer fit for purpose.

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Case Study: Different level of service leads to strategic growth for Brocklesby Limited

Armstrong Watson were appointed to act for Robert Brocklesby personally and his group of companies in order to realise the commercial growth potential of the group.

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Reception Bell in Hotel

Case Study: Tax Investigations in the Hospitality Sector

An independent analysis of HMRC enquiry data by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed nearly 60% of businesses, within the hospitality sector, owe extra tax after an investigation. That alarming success rate is one of the reasons why we encourage our hospitality clients to subscribe to our Tax Investigation Service.

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Machinery in Manufacturing Factory

Case Study: Tax Investigations in the Manufacturing Sector

Assembling a tax enquiry

This engineering company received an enquiry notice from HMRC asking to review the reported number of associated companies and its effect on the corporation tax computations. The initial review revealed that one of the three associated companies had been missed and further tax would be due.

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Doctors and Consultants in Hospital

Case Study: Tax investigations in the Healthcare Sector

There is nothing particularly unusual about these enquiries and therein lies the problem – even a straightforward enquiry is likely to cost the equivalent of 10 years subscription to our tax investigations service.

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People eating around a restaurant table

Case Study: Tax Investigations in the Food & Drink Sector

Pubs, bars and clubs, as well as cafes, have always been popular targets for HMRC to investigate. This
is primarily because these businesses are deemed to be cash based enterprises, with plenty of scope and opportunity for record keeping errors and tax mistakes. Subscribing to our Tax Investigation Service means when the seemingly inevitable happens, our professional fees to assist you will be covered.

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Row of terraced houses in a town

Case Study: Tax investigations in the Property Sector

In their dash for cash to maximise the tax take for HMRC, inspectors often argue disproportionately when they know they have a weak case. Or, they change tactics part way through an enquiry to exploit perceived weaknesses elsewhere. It is no wonder so many people subscribe to our Tax Investigations Service when they know inspectors drag out enquiries excessively in their desperation to generate extra tax.

Architecture firm

HMRC began an investigation into a firm of architects by requesting a formal visit.

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Tractor ploughing on farmland in the UK

Case Study: Tax Investigations in the Agriculture Sector

Separating the wheat from the chaff

HMRC recently launched an enquiry into a farming business, asking for an analysis of the general farming activities, rent and rate expenses; and capital allowances computations for plant and machinery. Although HMRC are not looking at everything within the accounts, the initial cost estimate of £1,000 has already been exceeded and could easily double, subject to HMRC’s approach.

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