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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...

A dozen new tax updates

30th November 2020
Not the Autumn Budget but more tax updates have been released which you should know about. Annual Investment Allowance £1 million temporary cap will be extended until 1 January 2022.  New measures to tackle promoters of tax avoidance, including tougher sanctions and additional HMRC powers. The government publishes draft tax legislation on a range of...

Business Interruption Insurance

23rd September 2020
Light at the end of the tunnel? The insurance world has been in a state of limbo since the beginning of lockdown as insurers reviewed policy claims and the application of business interruption clauses to the current situation. Due to the enormity of the impact COVID could potentially have on the insurance industry it has...

Machu Picchu Challenge

30th October 2019
  Hi folks Well here I am back at work and settled in to the old routine again. Just thought I’d let you know…. we did it !  It still doesn’t seem real but I attach photo’s taken at the beginning, middle (highest point of the trail) and end (x2) of our trek, as proof....

Employing close family – tax efficient or tax trap?

30th April 2019
Putting spouses and children on the payroll of your business can be tax efficient as long as HMRC are willing to accept the validity of doing so, but where do you stand if they decide to challenge your claim for a tax deduction? Tax expert Brona MacDougall provides you with some very good advice. In...

STEP – Advising families across generations

18th September 2018
As a global association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning, JRW Tax Manager Brona MacDougall is now a Trust and Estate Practitioner or ‘TEP’ in the Borders, the designation given to full members of STEP. STEP members help families plan for their futures and as specialists in inheritance and succession planning,...

VINTAGE, CLASSIC AND QUIRKY!

3rd May 2017
We are absolutely delighted to be Principal Sponsor of this year’s Scottish Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza. JRW Partner and keen rally enthusiast Kevin Ferguson brings you up to speed with what’s happening at this year’s event. More than 1000 vintage and classic vehicles and their proud owners will be making their way to the annual...

THE HELP TO BUY ISA

8th December 2015
The keenly anticipated Help to Buy ISA finally arrived on the 1st December 2015. But who can open one and what does the account offer that other ISA’s don’t? The Help to Buy ISA (HBISA) differs from others in that it was created with just one group of investors in mind: first time home buyers....

THEY GROW UP FAST

8th September 2015
By Joanne Gibson BA CA, Associate, JRW Chartered Accountants Putting savings away for your children’s future definitely won’t impress a young child much now – especially when they realise they can’t access that pot of money till they are 18. But as the old saying goes ‘they grow up fast’ and they most certainly do,...

MICROSOFT UPGRADES AND SAGE

24th August 2015
With the release of Windows 10 in July we have found that some of our clients have chosen to upgrade to the new version in order to take advantage of their upgrade offer. As with all major operating system upgrades there can be some knock-on implications for software running on these upgraded machines, particularly if...