Archives – December, 2011
In our recent experience working with a selection of different clients, Research and Development (R&D) tax credits are proving very valuable as a source of tax relief. Over the past few years, R&D tax credits seem to have earned a reputation for being difficult to qualify for, with a misconception that it is essential for your line of business to include white coats and laboratories.
Our experience as Surrey accountants is to the contrary though and a wide range of IT and technology companies are reaping the rewards. Applications for projects that are new and innovative, which cut operational time, help to achieve a competitive advantage, or even involve translating software into another language, are being approved successfully. In some cases the savings are mounting into hundreds of thousands. (more…)
December 20, 2011
It has come to Taxtalk’s attention that HMRC has a new taskforce (specialist team to undertake investigations into compliance activity) briefed to address non-filing of tax returns across the South East. This is because they believe there is an increasing problem with some taxpayers not submitting statutory returns across Corporation Tax, Income Tax, Self Assessment, PAYE and VAT.
The Government is spending £900m as part of a re-investment scheme designed to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12. In return it hopes to generate an additional £7 billion each year by 2014/15.
You can be sure that taxpayers found breaking the rules will be penalised heavily. HMRC are going to be targeting taxpayers that they believe have made a conscious decision not to submit the necessary declarations. Honest businesses have absolutely nothing to worry about.
If you are unsure about your tax or think you may have underpaid, our advice is to speak to a tax expert to find out your best course of action. RJP’s Anne Eager specialises in tax enquiries to ask her a question email [email protected]
December 15, 2011
It’s almost Christmas and the end of another busy year. It’s one many of us will be glad has passed, with business conditions continuing to be difficult due to a lack of available finance and uncertainty over the Euro and Europe affecting demand.
So what have we got to look forward to in 2012 by way of tax breaks and opportunities. Here are our picks of what was announced in the November Autumn Statement. As is becoming customary with this government, the draft legislation has already been issued, which means the changes will go ahead as suggested. (more…)
December 15, 2011