Autumn Budget 2017: Employment Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

As with the last Budget, this one was light on changes affecting employers and the majority of those that were announced were relaxations or consultations that may actually reduce the administrative burden for employers. However, we can expect more changes – perhaps in 2019 – with the publication of consultations on off-payroll workers in the… Read more

As far as radical measures are concerned, there was relatively little in the Chancellor’s announcements in relation to corporate and business taxation. There was however the – now to be expected – plethora of targeted anti-avoidance measures, and some changes designed to increase the corporation tax base. The headline rate of corporation tax will be… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: VAT and Indirect Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The Budget produced few if any surprises on VAT. Earlier this month, the Office of Tax Simplification published a report on VAT which created speculation that the VAT threshold would be reduced. However, the Chancellor has decided to leave the limits as they are. The Chancellor did extend measures to attempt to prevent the loss… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Private Client

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The welcome increases in personal tax allowances and thresholds, and minimum wage rates, will help many of the lower paid. However, many of the measures impacting individuals were insignificant. Many feared a further raid on pensions, but this did not materialise. Personal Allowances From April 2018 the tax free Personal Allowance will increase to £11,850… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Not for Profit

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

As ever, there were a small number of changes that will be of interest to those within different parts of the Not for Profit sector. Gift Aid donor benefit rules Charities must assess the value of any benefits given to donors in exchange for donations. Where these are in excess of certain limits the donations… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Property Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The first autumn Budget for many years saw some major announcements for the UK property sector. The much publicised UK housing shortage received major attention. A raft of government interventions were announced on future funding and planning, in an attempt to address the housing crisis. There is significant detail to be digested on these measures,… Read more

Every day we hear about the latest inflammatory tweet posted by Donald Trump, which causes many people to comment and argue. However, due to his powerful position, it is highly unlikely that any formal action will be taken. Earlier this week, the newly appointed editor of Gay Times was suspended and soon after had his… Read more

Kingston Smith company, ClearComm has launched its GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) self-certification portal – the first product of its kind on the market. The portal is a cost-effective way for businesses to ensure that how they manage personal data complies with the GDPR, which comes into force in May 2018. Benn Davis, ClearComm director… Read more

Alpha International Accommodation This is the latest case, following Secret Hotels 2 and Hotels4u, where the courts have confirmed that Alpha was acting as an agent and did not fall within the TOMS as HMRC had argued. Alpha is a UK travel agent specialising in marketing and supplying holiday accommodation to UK travellers. This covers… Read more

Lynne Rowland discusses HMRC’s rules on tax-deductible training costs for sole traders and limited companies in contractoruk.com.

Autumn Budget 2017: Employment Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

As with the last Budget, this one was light on changes affecting employers and the majority of those that were announced were relaxations or consultations that may actually reduce the administrative burden for employers. However, we can expect more changes – perhaps in 2019 – with the publication of consultations on off-payroll workers in the… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Corporate and Business Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

As far as radical measures are concerned, there was relatively little in the Chancellor’s announcements in relation to corporate and business taxation. There was however the – now to be expected – plethora of targeted anti-avoidance measures, and some changes designed to increase the corporation tax base. The headline rate of corporation tax will be… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: VAT and Indirect Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The Budget produced few if any surprises on VAT. Earlier this month, the Office of Tax Simplification published a report on VAT which created speculation that the VAT threshold would be reduced. However, the Chancellor has decided to leave the limits as they are. The Chancellor did extend measures to attempt to prevent the loss… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Private Client

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The welcome increases in personal tax allowances and thresholds, and minimum wage rates, will help many of the lower paid. However, many of the measures impacting individuals were insignificant. Many feared a further raid on pensions, but this did not materialise. Personal Allowances From April 2018 the tax free Personal Allowance will increase to £11,850… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Not for Profit

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

As ever, there were a small number of changes that will be of interest to those within different parts of the Not for Profit sector. Gift Aid donor benefit rules Charities must assess the value of any benefits given to donors in exchange for donations. Where these are in excess of certain limits the donations… Read more

Autumn Budget 2017: Property Tax

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

The first autumn Budget for many years saw some major announcements for the UK property sector. The much publicised UK housing shortage received major attention. A raft of government interventions were announced on future funding and planning, in an attempt to address the housing crisis. There is significant detail to be digested on these measures,… Read more

Social Media Strikes Again! Is Your Career 100% Safe?

22.11.17 / Insight posted in

Every day we hear about the latest inflammatory tweet posted by Donald Trump, which causes many people to comment and argue. However, due to his powerful position, it is highly unlikely that any formal action will be taken. Earlier this week, the newly appointed editor of Gay Times was suspended and soon after had his… Read more

ClearComm GDPR portal launches to help charities and businesses manage personal data

21.11.17 / Insight posted in

Kingston Smith company, ClearComm has launched its GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) self-certification portal – the first product of its kind on the market. The portal is a cost-effective way for businesses to ensure that how they manage personal data complies with the GDPR, which comes into force in May 2018. Benn Davis, ClearComm director… Read more

Weekly VAT Update – 21 November 2017

21.11.17 / Insight posted in ,

Alpha International Accommodation This is the latest case, following Secret Hotels 2 and Hotels4u, where the courts have confirmed that Alpha was acting as an agent and did not fall within the TOMS as HMRC had argued. Alpha is a UK travel agent specialising in marketing and supplying holiday accommodation to UK travellers. This covers… Read more

contractoruk.com: Lynne Rowland answers the question of when a training course is tax-deductible

16.11.17 / Insight posted in

Lynne Rowland discusses HMRC’s rules on tax-deductible training costs for sole traders and limited companies in contractoruk.com.

Property Autumn Budget Seminar

Starts: November 23, 2017 8.00am registration | EC1M 7AD

The Chancellor will present the first Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017. So what will this mean for the Property sector? Forget the jargon and save yourself some time; join us for breakfast where we will provide you with hot off the press analysis of the budget speech and what it means to you!… Read more

The 60 Minute Guide to Understanding Accounts for Non-Accountants – Romford

Starts: November 23, 2017 5.30pm registration | RM1 1JU

In 60 minutes, this seminar will equip you with all the tools needed to understand accounts and the jargon commonly used. Participants will leave with: The tools needed to understand basic accounts An understanding of the jargon that is so frequently used If you are confused by figures and financial terminology and want to be… Read more

2017 Autumn Budget – City Seminar

Starts: November 24, 2017 8:00am registration and breakfast | EC1M 7AD

Autumn Budget 2017: The Chancellor’s second bite of the cherry Mr Hammond will present the Second Budget of 2017 on Wednesday 22 November. With much speculation about limiting EIS relief, the burden of property taxes and its impact on the property market, and the gradual shift from employment to self-employment, there is much that the… Read more

Launch of the Kingston Smith Annual Survey 2017

Starts: November 28, 2017 5.30pm registration | W1G 0AE

Now in its 27th year, Kingston Smith’s annual survey on the financial performance of marketing services companies is regarded as the most comprehensive and authoritative financial survey of the UK’s marketing services industry. We would like to invite you to the launch, being held on Tuesday 28 November. The seminar will cover the key findings… Read more

Impact Measurement & Reporting for Membership Organisations

Starts: November 29, 2017 11.30am registration | EC1M 7AD

Impact measurement and effective reporting is of increasing importance for any membership organisation or association seeking to deliver enhanced member benefit/value. In order to maximise the potential of your organisation’s activities and the effect they are having on your members, it is more important than ever to measure the success of your activities. Following our… Read more

General Data Protection Regulation Roadshow for Charities – Introducing GDPR – 4 December 2017

Starts: December 4, 2017 12.30pm | EC1M 7AD

With the first major review of Data Protection in the UK for 20 years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings significant change and therefore risk for all charity organisations that process the data of supporters, members and customers. The GDPR is set to empower the public to take back control of their data like… Read more

General Data Protection Regulation Roadshow for Charities – GDPR Practitioner – 4 December 2017

Starts: December 4, 2017 | EC1M 7AD

With the first major review of Data Protection in the UK for 20 years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings significant change and therefore risk for all charity organisations that process the data of supporters, members and customers. The GDPR is set to empower the public to take back control of their data like… Read more

Everything you need to know on Employment contracts

Starts: December 6, 2017 8.30am Registration with breakfast | EC1M 7AD

If drafted well, employment contracts can provide a solid employment foundation. Whilst employment contracts should comply with legislation, they also provide protection for the business and allow a company flexibility to deal with issues as needed. Fundamentally, employment contracts set out an individual’s contractual terms but they also provide an opportunity for expected standards to… Read more

‘Maximising value for sale’ part 2

Maximising Value for Sale – Getting your tax position right

Maximising Value for Sale – Getting your legal position right

Maximising Value for Sale – How to get your market position/brand positioning right

Maximising Value for Sale – Attracting Buyers

Maximising Value for Sale – The seller’s perspective

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, considers how businesses can manage organisational changes and the challenges it can present

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains the various options for businesses in terms of offering the right salary and benefits

Richard Cummings, Director at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, explains onboarding and how to onboard new staff effectively

Dinah Regan, Senior Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses the important factors to keep in mind during the recruiting process

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