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Cryptocurrencies: Why the tax situation can’t be ignored


September 18th, 2017

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have been a hot topic of late. With Bitcoin ATMs appearing in convenience stores, and an increasing number of business accepting cryptocurrency as acceptable tender, their legitimacy in the eyes of the general public has grown. In this article we’ll take a look at what cryptocurrencies are, how they […]


WE KNOW / people love our free app


September 8th, 2017

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. The App has generated some fantastic feedback from users enjoying its many features for free. It’s also helped Robson Laidler get recognition for being a proactive firm of […]


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You want to minimise your child care costs.


September 8th, 2017

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 […]


Making Tax Digital – an update


September 6th, 2017

We want to make you aware of some changes regarding HMRC’s VAT Portal. HMRC have confirmed that from 14 February 2018, the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) will be decommissioned and the existing services will be migrated to a new platform.  All electronic returns must be made via this new end point.  What does this mean for you? […]


Residence Nil Rate Band: The Inheritance Tax Saviour?


August 23rd, 2017

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. From April 2017, a new Inheritance Tax residential nil-rate band is in force for homeowners, with year on year allowance rises until 2020. These increases take […]


WE KNOW / you want to minimise tax costs


August 11th, 2017

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. As ever with tax and pensions, it is not straightforward: the way […]


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


August 11th, 2017

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. The […]


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August 11th, 2017

The buy-to-let market has declined in recent months, but can it still represent a good investment?


August 2nd, 2017

The buy-to-let market has declined in recent months, but can it still represent a good investment? There have been a number of changes to the rules around buy-to-let properties over the past year that have potentially affected the attractiveness of this as an investment opportunity. From changes in stamp duty to restrictions on tax relief, […]


The end of an era?


June 29th, 2017

Making Tax Digital HMRC is making one of the biggest changes, in 20 years, to the way you file your financial figures with them.  The plan is to stage the dates that you must comply, starting in April 2018 with sole traders, partnerships and landlords with turnover in excess of the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) […]