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16 May 2018

Straughans joins forces with Robson Laidler

It’s been almost a year since our integration with Robson Laidler Accountants in Jesmond, where we formed a £4m venture and took our total headcount to 80.

31 Oct 2017

Making Tax Digital is coming for GPs - so start discussions with us today!

The Government’s vision is to have a digitised tax system - that is more effective, efficient and easier for taxpayers.

27 Oct 2017

Asking effective questions?

People ask questions for lots of different reasons such as how to resolve a problem, whether they can help in any way or asking questions to help develop people and processes.

20 Oct 2017

“Today playgroup, tomorrow university”

Someone (who shall remain nameless) said this to me about 16 years ago when their daughter, a similar age to mine, had just started playgroup. This mother, so upset about losing the company of her toddler, not long after started to homeschool – successfully, huge admiration.

29 Sep 2017

Baby, don’t fear the VAT man! As Director Martin Wardle explains.

I am often asked about the best way to keep the turnover of a business under the VAT threshold. Assuming everybody is playing with a straight bat there are not as many effective ways as you think.

25 Sep 2017

Where did my passion for cloud come from?

Hi guys, it’s really amazing that you are all taking the time to read my blogs, some very good questions have been asked.

11 Sep 2017

WE KNOW / You want to minimise your child care costs.

You may have seen reports in the media regarding the changes to the way the government helps parents fund childcare costs. The media are reporting apparent problems in accessing the government’s webpages, as well as difficulties in finding suitable childcare providers, in particular in connection with the free 30 hours childcare available for some 3 and 4 year olds.

08 Sep 2017

WE KNOW / people love our free app

IT’S now four weeks since Robson Laidler launched the new iPhone and Android App. Since then, clients and contacts have downloaded it across the North-East and beyond.

06 Sep 2017

Making Tax Digital – an update

We want to make you aware of some changes regarding HMRC’s VAT Portal.

23 Aug 2017

Residence Nil Rate Band: The Inheritance Tax Saviour?

Property owners who want to leave a main home to their families as part of their will may pay substantially less tax thanks to a new Inheritance Tax boost.

11 Aug 2017

WE KNOW / you want to minimise tax costs

THE subject of pension provision and tax liabilities are intertwined as never before following the continued reduction of the Annual Allowance for pension contributions, as well as the commencement of a tapered allowance for those with “adjusted” annual incomes in excess of £150,000.

11 Aug 2017

WE KNOW / the delay to Making Tax Digital shouldn’t delay you

As some of you may know there were plans by HMRC to introduce making tax digital which have been delayed until at least 2020 however, their plans to close the gateway for submitting VAT returns comes into force from 2019 and if you haven’t already, you will need eligible software to remain fully compliant.

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