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Tips for working from home

1st April 2020

Here are our tips on working from home, if you adopt these it will help you to continue to work efficiently and stay healthy:       1. Maintain Regular Hours Set a schedu…

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Tips for working from home

1st April 2020

Here are our tips on working from home, if you adopt these it will help you to continue to work efficiently and stay healthy:       1. Maintain Regular Hours Set a schedu…

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Super Wellness – the benefits to the team

21st March 2020

As a business we are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of a team who are fit and healthy and a realisation that we need to do more to help and encourage the team to stay healthy. As a result of this, at the beginning of the year we embarked on a “Super Wellness” programme for all our team. The programme is a combination of advice and support aimed …

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Super Wellness – the benefits to the team

21st March 2020

As a business we are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of a team who are fit and healthy and a realisation that we need to do more to help and encourage the team to stay healthy. As a result of this, at the beginning of the year we embarked on a “Super Wellness” programme for all our team. The programme is a combination of advice and support aimed …

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COVID–19: Advice and Guidance for Business (March 20th)

20th March 2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes a package of measures to support businesses including: a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure busines…

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COVID–19: Advice and Guidance for Business (March 20th)

20th March 2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes a package of measures to support businesses including: a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure busines…

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COVID–19: Advice and Guidance for Individuals (March 20th)

20th March 2020

If you think you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), please read the following information: You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19: From 13 March, you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people self…

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COVID–19: Advice and Guidance for Individuals (March 20th)

20th March 2020

If you think you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), please read the following information: You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19: From 13 March, you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people self…

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COVID – 19 who can send their children to school

20th March 2020

As we are all adjusting to the new way of living with the majority of schools and colleges now closed, there are some exceptions for key workers where they can still send their children to school. We thought it would be useful to share the guidelines on who can send still send their children to school:  The list has been separated into eight categories:

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COVID – 19 who can send their children to school

20th March 2020

As we are all adjusting to the new way of living with the majority of schools and colleges now closed, there are some exceptions for key workers where they can still send their children to school. We thought it would be useful to share the guidelines on who can send still send their children to school:  The list has been separated into eight categories:

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Support for your business through the Coronavirus crisis

17th March 2020

In the March 2020 Budget, the government announced a raft of measures to help businesses and individuals during the current Coronavirus crisis, many of which seemed complex, so we have summarised the key points below: The UK Government has announced a package of measures to support SME businesses and Self-employed individuals affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. These measur…

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Support for your business through the Coronavirus crisis

17th March 2020

In the March 2020 Budget, the government announced a raft of measures to help businesses and individuals during the current Coronavirus crisis, many of which seemed complex, so we have summarised the key points below: The UK Government has announced a package of measures to support SME businesses and Self-employed individuals affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. These measur…

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YEAR END CHECKLIST- THE DO’S AND DON’T’S

14th February 2020

As the financial year nears its end and change seems to be the theme for the forthcoming year, be it the UK leaving the EU or the prospect of a new US president, one thing is certain, we will all still have to pay our taxes. What we can do though is ensure that we lessen the impact of tax and ensure that you benefit, where possible, on tax reliefs.

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YEAR END CHECKLIST- THE DO’S AND DON’T’S

14th February 2020

As the financial year nears its end and change seems to be the theme for the forthcoming year, be it the UK leaving the EU or the prospect of a new US president, one thing is certain, we will all still have to pay our taxes. What we can do though is ensure that we lessen the impact of tax and ensure that you benefit, where possible, on tax reliefs.

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Putting the Health and Wellbeing of our team first.

11th February 2020

Our staff are our most important asset, without them we cannot continue to deliver the high levels of service on an ongoing basis for our clients. But there are many elements that contribute to ensuring the team can continue to do their job and, importantly, enjoying themselves at the same time. The elements that contribute to someone’s ability to do their job include: Training

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Putting the Health and Wellbeing of our team first.

11th February 2020

Our staff are our most important asset, without them we cannot continue to deliver the high levels of service on an ongoing basis for our clients. But there are many elements that contribute to ensuring the team can continue to do their job and, importantly, enjoying themselves at the same time. The elements that contribute to someone’s ability to do their job include: Training

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Off payroll working

Off Payroll working – what next?

29th January 2020

The UK tax system recognises services can be provided in different ways, each of which carry their own tax consequences.  Since the publication of IR35 which came into effect on 6 April 2000, one of the most contentious areas of dispute between taxpayer and taxman has been the employment status of an individual.  That is to say, whether an individual providing his personal services through a limited comp…

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Off payroll working

Off Payroll working – what next?

29th January 2020

The UK tax system recognises services can be provided in different ways, each of which carry their own tax consequences.  Since the publication of IR35 which came into effect on 6 April 2000, one of the most contentious areas of dispute between taxpayer and taxman has been the employment status of an individual.  That is to say, whether an individual providing his personal services through a limited comp…

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Entrepreneurs Relief, will it survive post 11 March 2020?

23rd January 2020

Much has been made this week over remarks made by Boris Johnson in reference to Entrepreneurs Relief and the prospects for its survival post 11 March 2020.  However let us take a moment to consider the facts.  Whilst he may have used a strongly worded phrase – fulminating against the relief (see below for the full quote), the Conservative Manifesto is actually pro-business.  It discusses a package of …

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Entrepreneurs Relief, will it survive post 11 March 2020?

23rd January 2020

Much has been made this week over remarks made by Boris Johnson in reference to Entrepreneurs Relief and the prospects for its survival post 11 March 2020.  However let us take a moment to consider the facts.  Whilst he may have used a strongly worded phrase – fulminating against the relief (see below for the full quote), the Conservative Manifesto is actually pro-business.  It discusses a package of …

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New Year, same commitment.

15th January 2020

With the New Year well under way it is important that we make sure that we continue to maintain our commitments and look to develop these throughout 2020. In 2019, we developed our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) looking at how we could have an impact on people around us, both internally as well as in the community. As part of this approach all of our team are encouraged to help in…

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New Year, same commitment.

15th January 2020

With the New Year well under way it is important that we make sure that we continue to maintain our commitments and look to develop these throughout 2020. In 2019, we developed our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) looking at how we could have an impact on people around us, both internally as well as in the community. As part of this approach all of our team are encouraged to help in…

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R&D Tax Credits – does your business qualify?

7th January 2020

R&D is often thought of as being something the tech or medical industries do and not something companies from other industries would get involved in. But when there is an opportunity to get Tax Credits from HMRC for costs involved in R&D projects, there is a good reason for all companies to consider what they do and if this could apply to them. What is most surprising is the type of projects…

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R&D Tax Credits – does your business qualify?

7th January 2020

R&D is often thought of as being something the tech or medical industries do and not something companies from other industries would get involved in. But when there is an opportunity to get Tax Credits from HMRC for costs involved in R&D projects, there is a good reason for all companies to consider what they do and if this could apply to them. What is most surprising is the type of projects…

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CSR is not just about giving to charity.

27th November 2019

Increasingly businesses are expected to include social responsibility as part of their approach and way of working, to many this involves donating and supporting charities, often that are close to someone’s heart. Whilst this type of social support should always be encouraged, true social responsibility goes much further and encompasses people at all levels, from the staff and their working enviro…

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CSR is not just about giving to charity.

27th November 2019

Increasingly businesses are expected to include social responsibility as part of their approach and way of working, to many this involves donating and supporting charities, often that are close to someone’s heart. Whilst this type of social support should always be encouraged, true social responsibility goes much further and encompasses people at all levels, from the staff and their working enviro…

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Golf Day Supports Wycombe Homeless

5th November 2019

Giving back to the community should be a part of every business but to be able to do it doing something you enjoy always helps. So, when a group of businesses come together the result can be even better and Business Connexions in Gerrard’s Cross is the proof. Business Connexions is a long-established group of professionals that meet regularly to discuss and develop their businesses, but they also …

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Golf Day Supports Wycombe Homeless

5th November 2019

Giving back to the community should be a part of every business but to be able to do it doing something you enjoy always helps. So, when a group of businesses come together the result can be even better and Business Connexions in Gerrard’s Cross is the proof. Business Connexions is a long-established group of professionals that meet regularly to discuss and develop their businesses, but they also …

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Work never stops for some

2nd July 2019

Some people get accused of never taking a break from work but in Micky Ackenson’s case, he took this onto a new level. Micky has recently been ill and had to spend some time in hospital for treatment and you might think that work would take a back seat at this time, but no. As the managing director of Charterhouse, Micky has always ensured that the firm gives back as much as it can to the comm…

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Work never stops for some

2nd July 2019

Some people get accused of never taking a break from work but in Micky Ackenson’s case, he took this onto a new level. Micky has recently been ill and had to spend some time in hospital for treatment and you might think that work would take a back seat at this time, but no. As the managing director of Charterhouse, Micky has always ensured that the firm gives back as much as it can to the comm…

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A gentle stroll along the wall, not what you think

5th June 2019

When most of us think about going for a walk it normally means in the woods, down to the park or possibly along a beach, not for 84 miles, but that is what our Operations Director Claudia Ackenson decided to do. As you can tell, this was no ordinary walk and had a purpose to it. Unlike most people, Claudia is always looking to give herself new challenges and, in this case, she wanted to find a chall…

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A gentle stroll along the wall, not what you think

5th June 2019

When most of us think about going for a walk it normally means in the woods, down to the park or possibly along a beach, not for 84 miles, but that is what our Operations Director Claudia Ackenson decided to do. As you can tell, this was no ordinary walk and had a purpose to it. Unlike most people, Claudia is always looking to give herself new challenges and, in this case, she wanted to find a chall…

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The 2019 Spring Statement, not quite lost in Brexit.

14th March 2019

Despite all the turmoil that is being caused by Brexit, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement yesterday, his opportunity to give an assessment of the economy. Whilst Brexit has dominated the news recently there are some key highlights: Economic growth to be less than forecast last year at 1.4% but still stable £37bn Productivity Investment Fund confirmed to invest in r…

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The 2019 Spring Statement, not quite lost in Brexit.

14th March 2019

Despite all the turmoil that is being caused by Brexit, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement yesterday, his opportunity to give an assessment of the economy. Whilst Brexit has dominated the news recently there are some key highlights: Economic growth to be less than forecast last year at 1.4% but still stable £37bn Productivity Investment Fund confirmed to invest in r…

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Making tax digital

10th February 2019

The deadline is looming but there are many benefits in “going Digital” The way we all file our VAT and Tax returns is about to change and the date for the change is fast approaching! Just in case you aren’t aware, the main points that will affect you are: From April 1st 2019, all VAT returns have to be submitted online via third party software such as Xero and Sage – a…

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Making tax digital

10th February 2019

The deadline is looming but there are many benefits in “going Digital” The way we all file our VAT and Tax returns is about to change and the date for the change is fast approaching! Just in case you aren’t aware, the main points that will affect you are: From April 1st 2019, all VAT returns have to be submitted online via third party software such as Xero and Sage – a…

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Tax returns and going digital

16th January 2019

That time of the year – Tax Returns We are fast approaching a tax return deadline – 31st January 2019. It is a time of year when accountants are busy and individuals that do leave it late are under pressure! No one wants to pay a lateness fee to HMRC. It is therefore surprising to hear reports that HMRC has already sent out some self-assessment taxpayers letters accusing them …

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Tax returns and going digital

16th January 2019

That time of the year – Tax Returns We are fast approaching a tax return deadline – 31st January 2019. It is a time of year when accountants are busy and individuals that do leave it late are under pressure! No one wants to pay a lateness fee to HMRC. It is therefore surprising to hear reports that HMRC has already sent out some self-assessment taxpayers letters accusing them …

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How are businesses preparing for Brexit?

18th November 2018

The Brexit process is coming to a head and at the time of writing Theresa May has managed to reach a Brexit agreement and proposal from the EU. It is far from clear whether this plan will be accepted by the UK parliament so we are entering a period of great uncertainty. As accountants we do receive insights into how businesses are planning for Brexit. In this post we begin with Charterhouse Director…

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How are businesses preparing for Brexit?

18th November 2018

The Brexit process is coming to a head and at the time of writing Theresa May has managed to reach a Brexit agreement and proposal from the EU. It is far from clear whether this plan will be accepted by the UK parliament so we are entering a period of great uncertainty. As accountants we do receive insights into how businesses are planning for Brexit. In this post we begin with Charterhouse Director…

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UK tax in the news

3rd November 2018

Tax investigations taking longer One of our messages to business owners is that the risk of disruption due to an HMRC tax investigation is very real and we do recommend taking steps to mitigate against this risk. You can talk to us at any time about our recommended protection scheme. According to research by law firm Pinsent Masons the average duration of HMRC’s unresolved tax battles with UK…

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UK tax in the news

3rd November 2018

Tax investigations taking longer One of our messages to business owners is that the risk of disruption due to an HMRC tax investigation is very real and we do recommend taking steps to mitigate against this risk. You can talk to us at any time about our recommended protection scheme. According to research by law firm Pinsent Masons the average duration of HMRC’s unresolved tax battles with UK…

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Accountants should be resourceful in helping business startups

16th October 2018

If you are a business startup then you are probably looking for all the help you can get. At Charterhouse we understand many of the challenges and we are very keen to help our clients. First of all, with the more technical aspects of accounting we can help you to get it right. You may be facing a lot of administration and paperwork in the setup of your business or in the establishing of good account…

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Accountants should be resourceful in helping business startups

16th October 2018

If you are a business startup then you are probably looking for all the help you can get. At Charterhouse we understand many of the challenges and we are very keen to help our clients. First of all, with the more technical aspects of accounting we can help you to get it right. You may be facing a lot of administration and paperwork in the setup of your business or in the establishing of good account…

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Latest tax news

1st September 2018

Tax is never far away from the financial news. In this post we have put together some of the latest snippets that should be of interest to all those wishing to manage their tax affairs. Thinktank proposes asset tax for over-65s The Social Market Foundation has said homeowners and people with substantial savings should face a one-off “asset tax” of £30,000 when they reach 65 to fund Eng…

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Latest tax news

1st September 2018

Tax is never far away from the financial news. In this post we have put together some of the latest snippets that should be of interest to all those wishing to manage their tax affairs. Thinktank proposes asset tax for over-65s The Social Market Foundation has said homeowners and people with substantial savings should face a one-off “asset tax” of £30,000 when they reach 65 to fund Eng…

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Looking ahead to the Autumn Budget

1st August 2018

With an Autumn budget on the not too distant horizon we have been looking at some of the areas where we might see tax system changes announced. Budget speculation begins The Times’ Mark Atherton kicks off speculation about the Budget, with predictions of a cut to Capital Gains Tax relief and pension tax relief for higher and top-rate taxpayers. We’ll have to wait and see what ha…

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Looking ahead to the Autumn Budget

1st August 2018

With an Autumn budget on the not too distant horizon we have been looking at some of the areas where we might see tax system changes announced. Budget speculation begins The Times’ Mark Atherton kicks off speculation about the Budget, with predictions of a cut to Capital Gains Tax relief and pension tax relief for higher and top-rate taxpayers. We’ll have to wait and see what ha…

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