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A Guide to EIS: Funding & tax relief for investors & small business

More and more people these days are taking the plunge and having a go at starting their own business. Whether it’s a small, local outfit, or the next big tech innovation, obtaining the necessary cash is obviously one of the key challenges would-be Richard Bransons or Mark Zuckerbergs face. You’ve got the idea, you’ve got …read more

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Auto-enrolment pensions: Is my business affected?

By now, most businesses have probably heard of the government’s pension auto-enrolment pensions initiative, through one of the myriad communications, information alerts and TV adverts on the subject. In a nutshell, this basically says that all business will have to set up an employee pension scheme and compulsorily enrol all of their employees in the …read more

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Freelance contractor confidence returns

A report released this week has shown that the confidence freelance contractors have in their business prospects and the economy in general, has been restored and increased, compared with recent quarters. The survey of around 1,000 freelance contractors by IPSE and Elance-oDesk found a net positive view of business prospects, as well as increasing confidence …read more

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Budget 2015 Summary

With the possible exception of measures for savers, it’s fair to say the budget was a relatively uneventful one and was broadly fiscally neutral, with little in the way of pre-election giveaways. This is unsurprising given the Chancellor’s consistent rhetoric, throughout the parliament, of fiscal responsibility and the long term economic plan, as well as …read more

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Budget 2015 & Employment Status Review

Next Wednesday, George Osborne will stand up and make the last budget speech of this parliament. The proximity of the budget to the general election makes it far harder to predict than is often the case, with the scope for a fairly benign set of announcements and plenty of rhetoric but just maybe a headline-grabbing surprise or two (depending …read more

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Resilient tech sector is ‘superstar’ of UK economy

A report recently released by KPMG showed how well the tech sector and start-up tech companies are still doing, despite fears of a slow down towards the end of last year. The Q3 2014 survey showed that, while business remained strong in the sector, the rate of growth had slowed. However, the KPMG/Markit Tech Monitor …read more

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Pensions – more exciting than you thought?

Tax year-end not far off You may be a long way off retirement but the end of the tax year is only a couple of months away, on 5 April. Investing in a pension remains one of the single most effective and legitimate ways of saving yourself tax and investing for the future and should …read more

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Self-assessment Tax Return deadline – 31 January 2015

2013/14 Self-Assessment Returns need to be filed with HMRC by 31 January 2015 to avoid being penalised With Christmas and New Year a distant memory now, attention turns to the 31 January 2015 deadline for self-assessment tax returns in relation to income and gains in the year 6th April 2013 to 5th April 2014. Any …read more

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