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HMRC’S growing reliance on Connect database could mean an increasing number of innocent taxpayers face investigation

Over 80% of all tax investigations undertaken by HMRC now follow potential leads generated by its £45million database system, Connect, according to recent reports. The new reliance on automated systems to identify targets means that clients could face an increased risk of investigation, simply for having their name thrown up by HMRC algorithms.

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18 Jun 15
Kevin Igoe, Professional Fee Protection

Pension freedom - taking the money

From April 2015 these new flexible rules make it possible to take money purchase pension benefits, if you are aged 55 or over, as almost any mix of lump sum and income. A maximum of 25% of your pension can be taken tax-free. You can take it all immediately or the first 25% of each withdrawal can be tax free.

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12 May 15
Steven Greenwood, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Doing business in Germany - an inside view from eyevis UK

eyevis UK is the UK arm of German company eyevis GmbH, a world
leader in the manufacture of cutting-edge video display solutions.

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13 Apr 15
Steve Murphy, eyevis UK

Auto enrolment - can you afford not to comply?

Delaying the setting up of a workplace pension scheme could leave small businesses with a cash flow nightmare: as well as facing financial forfeits from the Pensions Regulator, they’ll also have to cover the cost of back-dated contributions.

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10 Apr 15
John Davenport, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Paying employees working overseas

If you are thinking about setting up German operations, one of the key requirements will be staff and whether you choose to hire local people or second existing UK personnel.

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8 Apr 15
Helen Cowley

Germany - an attractive place to do business

As the largest economy in Europe, Germany’s consistently strong economic performance offers long-term growth potential for UK businesses.

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2 Apr 15
Petra Owen, Hansa Partner, Germany

Budget 2015: a considered view

Colin Tice, Tax Partner offers his considered view of the 2015 Budget.

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24 Mar 15
Colin Tice

Implementing a workplace pension scheme

We’re talking to many clients at the moment about workplace pensions and we’re hearing lots of questions about employee contracts. These relate in particular to amending or implementing workplace pension schemes to meet auto enrolment obligations.

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26 Feb 15
Claire Haworth, Napthens Solicitors

Just for the record…

Keeping good records is something we all know we should do, especially if we’re self-employed, but sometimes the business of running a business just gets in the way.

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24 Feb 15
Tony Reynolds

EU VAT postal scam

Businesses should be on the look-out for a postal scam that has re-surfaced again after initially appearing several years ago.

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17 Feb 15
Tom Blenkinsop
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