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Welcome to the Friend and Grant blog area.  Here you will find all the latest news, views and helpful guides in relation to accountancy, taxation and running a business.  We hope you find the information we post interesting.  Give us a call if you’d like to discuss how we can help you and your business.

27th Jun 2022
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Is serviced accommodation a good investment?

Property has been a popular investment for many years and some people view their property portfolio as their retirement pot, particularly where their conventional pension is unlikely to produce sufficient income for their lifestyle. Buy to lets, commercial property investment and furnished holiday lets are all popular, but recently they have been joined by a ‘new kid on the block’ the serviced accommodation and this sector is growing substantially.

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24th Jun 2022
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Have you considered trusts for holding family investments?

In a recent blog we looked at using a company to hold property investments, however an alternative (and sometimes overlooked) vehicle for ownership of all family investments, property or otherwise, is through a trust structure.

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15th Jun 2022
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Increase your property value and reduce costs with eco-friendly solutions and save VAT!

With energy costs going through the roof it could make sense to make small eco-friendly improvements to your property which can reduce running costs and also add value to your property.

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9th Jun 2022
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Redefining Success and 2022 Vision

I’ll start this with the same thoughts that many of us all had back in early 2020, a vision of the world going just a little bit crazier every day. For me it initially evoked an emotion of fear, of the anxiety of the unknown and what might happen, the day-to-day monitoring of numbers of infections, the responsibility to keep a team safe, the tenuous and treacherous emotional reliance I placed on the preparation of our government to guide us through the virus and the emerging clarity that came with half-baked solutions and a gaping chasm of guidance that came from the ‘solutions’ offered.

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6th Jun 2022
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Which employees attract national insurance incentives for employers?

With the increase in employer NI costs from 13.8% to 15.05% on 6 April 2022 many employers have been looking carefully at their employment costs. For an employee earning £20,000 a year the employer NI cost is usually £1,640. There is an employment allowance (£5,000 from 6th April 2022) which can be claimed by most employers to set against their employer NI costs. This negates part of the cost, however for employers with say two to three team members it doesn’t take much to fully utilize the allowance, making the cost of each additional employee you take on more expensive with the increase in employer NI.

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23rd May 2022
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Employer’s NI up from 6th April 2022! How to reduce the impact of this tax increase using salary sacrifice

On 6th April 2022 the employer’s national insurance rate increased to 15.05% from 13.8%. Employer’s NI is an additional tax liability payable by employers on the gross wages of their employees. For a company with 10 employees and an annual payroll bill of £300,000 this is an annual increase in costs to the employer of £3,750.

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29th Apr 2022
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Tax trap! Is your estate worth between £2 and £3 million? If so you could lose valuable allowances

We deal with many affluent clients and it is interesting how attitudes to inheritance tax can vary significantly, even between people with similar levels of wealth. Some say that they have paid taxes all their lives – on their income, asset sales, property purchases – and begrudge paying the treasury even one more pound in inheritance tax when they pass. Others feel that it will be someone else’s problem, so why should they worry. Most people are somewhere in the middle.

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22nd Apr 2022
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Is Probate Difficult to do Yourself?

This is a question that gets asked a lot. The simple answer is – it depends! The preparation of papers to obtain the grant of probate or grant of representation is the responsibility of the executors if there is a valid will, or if the deceased died intestate it will be the responsibility of the...

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6th Apr 2022
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Growing your business without the financials!

In order to make big profits you need to know what are the key numbers in your business. Well it’s not the cashflow, budget, profit and loss or bank balance……we are talking about non-financial figures that help the business to grow…...CONVERSION RATES!

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