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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.

29th Jun 2021
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Don’t miss out on tax relief for home working!

Given the recent advice from our prime minster about working from home where applicable, many employees will be wondering whether they can make a tax claim for working from home.

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23rd Jun 2021
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What is an executor?

We do wonder sometimes if the people being appointed as executors actually know what they’re signing up for, so we thought it might be useful to summarise an executor’s duties – both for those who are currently writing their wills and for those who are asked to take on the role.

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7th Jun 2021
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What are the common traits of a successful business owner?

Having been in business myself now for almost 30 years I have seen the common traits of those business people who are successful and those who aren’t. It isn’t about having an extraordinary new idea which no one has thought about or tapping into new markets, although this is great if you can. It is more about doing the right things and doing them well.

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4th Jun 2021
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What is salary sacrifice and how can it save me tax?

Salary sacrifice schemes have been around for many years, but they should not be overlooked because when used as part of an overall remuneration package they can save significant amounts of tax and national insurance for employees and employers.

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26th May 2021
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How much should small companies spend on their accounting function?

This is a really good question, and the simple answer is that it depends, but in many cases it is not nearly enough!!!! In general it depends on what the business owner wants and how big and complex the business is.

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20th May 2021
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What is the new super-deduction for investment in equipment?

The new super deduction will run for two years from 1 April 2021 and is a radical new “super-deduction” of 130% for investment in new plant.

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27th Apr 2021
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How to Avoid Inheritance Tax on Property

Paying tax is an unfortunate fact of life, but it certainly seems like an unfair one when it comes to Inheritance Tax. After all, we’ve spent our lives paying taxes and have probably already paid them on the value of our estate, so why pay again?

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20th Apr 2021
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Wealth creation – The importance of a strong defence! (Part 2)

This is the second in a two part series of blogs on wealth creation. In the first blog I looked at how wealth is perceived in society and how you can measure your own wealth. In this blog I will share with you my top ten tips on how to create and maintain your own wealth.

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14th Apr 2021
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Restart grant – could your business be eligible?

The government is offering grants to enable businesses to open up safely now that the Covid restrictions are starting to be lifted. Read this blog to see if your business may be eligible.

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