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Gifts in consideration of marriage

22.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

As Pippa Middleton’s wedding and inheritances are currently trending in the news, it might be worth considering the gifts one can make to a couple getting married that are free of Inheritance Tax. The amount that can be gifted tax-free depends on the relationship between the two parties. The gift must be made on the… Read more

Are you missing out on the UK Tech Market?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The UK Tech sector has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years, with more than 1.5million people working in the digital sector today.  The UK’s leading market position across the world can be demonstrated by the key findings from the 3rd annual Tech Nation report, produced by Tech City and other UK influencers in… Read more

The Daily Mail has published Lynne Rowland’s answer to a reader on the allowances and tax benefits available to carers.

The Financial Times has reported Tim Stovold’s comments on how tax for the wealthy may rise after the election, with a new government possibly deciding to increase national insurance for high earners. [Please note, content behind paywall]

Are you concerned that you are missing out on some clever ways to incentivise your staff that your competitors are already successfully utilising? Are you unsure about how much you should be paying out in benefits to your team and whether you are getting the maximum value out of the schemes you currently have in… Read more

In his Presidential campaign Donald Trump vowed to make a bonfire of red tape. In the days following taking office the new President was intensively lobbied to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA). Introduced by Barack Obama in 2010, FATCA was seen to be ineffective, unpopular and costly. In common with so many… Read more

Economia has published Tim Stovold’s comments on the Labour manifesto. “A quirk of the current tax system is that earnings between £100,000 and £123,000 have an effective tax rate of 60 per cent,” says Tim Stovold, head of tax at Kingston Smith. “Labour’s suggestion of a 45% tax rate on earnings between £80,000 and £123,000… Read more

It seems to be accepted by many of us that when you reach a certain level of management, or choose to do a certain type of job, you will ‘keep an eye’ on emails and carry the work phone ‘just in case’ when going on holiday. But do we really get a break if we… Read more

I recently wrote a blog on the new Immigration Skills Charge, which will affect all businesses who employ non-EU nationals by adding up to £3,000 per employee recruited from overseas. If you work in regulated industries that require basic or enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks before employees are able to work for you,… Read more

Come on, keep up!

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

Technology and telecom services are moving faster than HMRC, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of change. For many technology services, especially those in the B2C arena, the VAT legislation was not designed for the ever-changing tech world and is struggling to keep up. The ideas which lie at the heart of… Read more

Gifts in consideration of marriage

22.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

As Pippa Middleton’s wedding and inheritances are currently trending in the news, it might be worth considering the gifts one can make to a couple getting married that are free of Inheritance Tax. The amount that can be gifted tax-free depends on the relationship between the two parties. The gift must be made on the… Read more

Are you missing out on the UK Tech Market?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The UK Tech sector has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years, with more than 1.5million people working in the digital sector today.  The UK’s leading market position across the world can be demonstrated by the key findings from the 3rd annual Tech Nation report, produced by Tech City and other UK influencers in… Read more

The Daily Mail: I’m increasingly caring for my elderly mum – is there tax or payments help we can get?

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The Daily Mail has published Lynne Rowland’s answer to a reader on the allowances and tax benefits available to carers.

FT: How the parties’ promises could affect your finances

22.05.17 / Insight posted in

The Financial Times has reported Tim Stovold’s comments on how tax for the wealthy may rise after the election, with a new government possibly deciding to increase national insurance for high earners. [Please note, content behind paywall]

Employee benefits in the media sector

19.05.17 / Insight posted in ,

Are you concerned that you are missing out on some clever ways to incentivise your staff that your competitors are already successfully utilising? Are you unsure about how much you should be paying out in benefits to your team and whether you are getting the maximum value out of the schemes you currently have in… Read more

eprivateclient: In a flurry of acronyms, FATCA, CRS and LEI pile costs and regulations on trustees

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

In his Presidential campaign Donald Trump vowed to make a bonfire of red tape. In the days following taking office the new President was intensively lobbied to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA). Introduced by Barack Obama in 2010, FATCA was seen to be ineffective, unpopular and costly. In common with so many… Read more

Economia: Labour manifesto: policies and reaction

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

Economia has published Tim Stovold’s comments on the Labour manifesto. “A quirk of the current tax system is that earnings between £100,000 and £123,000 have an effective tax rate of 60 per cent,” says Tim Stovold, head of tax at Kingston Smith. “Labour’s suggestion of a 45% tax rate on earnings between £80,000 and £123,000… Read more

Emails on the beach? Work calls by the pool? Is your annual holiday truly a rest from work?

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

It seems to be accepted by many of us that when you reach a certain level of management, or choose to do a certain type of job, you will ‘keep an eye’ on emails and carry the work phone ‘just in case’ when going on holiday. But do we really get a break if we… Read more

Right to Work in the UK Checks – are you doing them properly, or at all?

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

I recently wrote a blog on the new Immigration Skills Charge, which will affect all businesses who employ non-EU nationals by adding up to £3,000 per employee recruited from overseas. If you work in regulated industries that require basic or enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks before employees are able to work for you,… Read more

Come on, keep up!

18.05.17 / Insight posted in

Technology and telecom services are moving faster than HMRC, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of change. For many technology services, especially those in the B2C arena, the VAT legislation was not designed for the ever-changing tech world and is struggling to keep up. The ideas which lie at the heart of… Read more

Doing business in India

Starts: June 5, 2017 4.30pm | EC1M 7AD

With the IMF and World Bank’s prediction of 7.2% economic growth this year, the soon-to-be launched simplified Goods and Services Tax (GST), and movement further up the Ease of Doing business ladder, there’s never been a better time to do business in India. With the strengthening trade and investment relationship between India and the UK… Read more

Kingston Smith Alumni Pre-Election Party

Starts: June 6, 2017 6.30pm | EC4V 5AJ

Come to the only political party worth joining – the Kingston Smith Alumni pre-election party! Vote with your feet and join us for some Alumni networking and a sprinkle of economics from our speaker, Dominic Tayler. A founding member of investment management firm Quilter Cheviot, Dominic will be giving a brief talk on the economy,… Read more

60 minute guide to understanding charity accounts

Starts: June 8, 2017 4.30pm | RH1 1RH

With charities having to cope with so many financial pressures, it is vital that Trustees have an understanding of charity accounts to help them carry out their duties, fulfil their responsibilities and recognise the early signs if the charity is facing difficulties. Participants will leave with: The tools needed to understand charity accounts An understanding… Read more

Property VAT update – avoiding the pitfalls!

Starts: June 14, 2017 4.30pm | EC1M 7AD

VAT can be a minefield for everyone in the property sector. We are therefore hosting a seminar to cover practical issues and potential pitfalls for developers who are looking to convert properties and landlords looking to buy and sell investment properties. Our agenda includes:- Utilising all available VAT reliefs when developing and converting residential properties;… Read more

‘Survivor to Thriver’ – How does an agency substantially improve its performance?

Starts: June 20, 2017 8:30am | W1T 1QL

We, together with Chris Merrington of Spring 80:20, are delighted to be launching the follow-on to our 2012 ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ report – ‘Survivor to Thriver’. On 26 April we hosted the launch seminar, where we explored the findings and, due to popularity, will be re-running this on 20 June. About ‘Survivor to Thriver’… Read more

Brexit Debate: One year on

Starts: June 28, 2017 5.30pm | EC2Y 5BL

Article 50 has been triggered and the clock is now officially ticking down to Brexit. All eyes are on Theresa May as negotiations begin with the EU and the UK seeks to lay the groundwork for trade deals outside Europe. Since our last debate, the EU has made it clear that it cannot strike a… Read more

60 minute guide to understanding charity accounts

Starts: June 29, 2017 4.30pm | AL1 3TF

With charities having to cope with so many financial pressures, it is vital that Trustees have an understanding of charity accounts to help them carry out their duties, fulfil their responsibilities and recognise the early signs if the charity is facing difficulties. If you’d like to understand the figures and financial terminology and want to… Read more

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

Dinah Regan, Senior Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses how best to deal with difficult conversations with your employees

Carole Eden, HR Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses Employer Branding and why it’s so important for your business

Carole Eden, HR Consultant at Kingston Smith HR Consultancy, discusses why employee engagement is so important in a business

Find out more about Kingston Smith HR Consultancy and how they can assist your business

Partner Silvia Vitiello discusses how the Strategic SWOT can help you develop the right strategy for your charity

Partner Silvia Vitiello discusses how the Strategic SWOT tool can help you develop the right strategy for your business

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