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Trading changes following Brexit

11th January 2021
The United Kingdom officially left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and the 11-month transitional period ended on 1 January 2021. There are important changes businesses must now make in order to continue trading with the EU. VAT changes The UK left the EU VAT Territory on 31 December 2020. Following this date,...
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Tax-free shopping to end

11th January 2021
At the end of September, the government announced the end of the VAT Retail Export Scheme (VAT RES) with effect from 1 January 2021. This means that overseas visitors will no longer be entitled to a VAT refund on items they buy in England, Scotland or Wales which they take home in their luggage. The...

Business Support Update – 11 January 2021

11th January 2021
Additional Funding for Gyms and Non-essential Retail Action has been taken so that businesses across Scotland get better and faster access to financial support by Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes. £41 million will top up support for non-essential retail and gyms, which are required to close in level 4. This is in addition to top...

Employee gifts and VAT

9th January 2021
After a tough year you might have scaled down Christmas gifts for your employees. Even so, you need to consider the VAT consequences which vary depending on the cost and type of gift. What should you be reporting on your VAT return? John Craig our VAT expert provides the answers. The cost of employing a...

Homeworking and heating?

7th January 2021
An employee working from home has asked for a financial contribution towards their winter heating bills because they will be higher this year. Are you obliged to contribute towards a homeworker’s household running costs? Lauren Herbert discusses this in detail. Many businesses have closed their premises and the government has directed that employees should work...

Introducing David Clarkson

6th January 2021
JRW get Biggar It is a great pleasure to introduce a brand new addition to the JRW team to you, agriculture and road haulage specialist David Clarkson. Highly experienced chartered accountant David Clarkson from Biggar joined the firm in September as a new Partner and we are delighted to announce that David will also be...

Preparing for the end of Brexit

22nd December 2020
Whilst the United Kingdom officially left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, this prompted the start of an 11-month transitional period during which time the UK remains part of the Single Market, the EU Customs Union and the VAT Territory. With the transitional period due to end on 31 December 2020, it is...

Transferring your business tax efficiently

2nd December 2020
The business you started a couple of years ago has grown, so you’ve formed a company to take over the trade. What steps can you take to make the transition smooth and tax efficient? For small businesses tax savings can be made by operating through a company rather being unincorporated, i.e. a sole trader or...

Who pays the tax on staff discounts?

2nd December 2020
Some firms are offering staff discounts to help keep the business ticking over and the cash flowing. If you decide to do the same, what are the tax implications? Money off Perks are often used as a way to keep staff happy when you are struggling to offer a pay rise. However, offering them a...

National living wage to rise to £8.91

2nd December 2020
The government has just announced the national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. What are they? The NLW will increase by 2.2% from £8.72 to £8.91 per hour. For the first time it will cover those aged 23 and 24. Here are the rates...