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LinkedIn – network with your feet up!


It’s no secret that Linkedin is a great place to network, share content and updates, find jobs, answer questions and build thought leadership – and best of all, it’s free! But how should you use…

Good news for charity donations


The Small Charitable Donations Act (Amendment) Order 2015 increases the maximum amount of small donations on which a charity may claim a top-up payment (referred to as the specified amount ) for a tax year.…

Charity Commission consultation: Trustee guidance for charity fundraising


The Charity Commission is conducting a public consultation on revised draft guidance for trustees, which emphasises that trustees must take responsibility for the fundraising undertaken by their charities. The Commission states that recent widespread criticism…

Tax return. Bah humbug


The mere thought of a looming tax return in the run up to the festive season can put a dampener on the Christmas spirit of even the most cheerful. With the deadline for filing paper…

Autumn Statement 2015


George Osborne’s first Autumn Statement of this Parliament put the spending review center stage, focusing on plans to create economic growth. It said little of tax changes but there were some surprises buried in the…

Autumn Statement 2015 – key announcements


In today’s Autumn Statement announcement George Osborne put the spending review centre stage and shone the spotlight brightly on the government’s plans for creating consistent economic growth whilst reducing dependency on welfare. The good news…

Changes to Gift Aid guidelines for partnership donations


New rules on charitable donations made by partnerships will come into force from 6 April 2016 and will change the way Gift Aid declarations are made. Under the current rules, one designated partner can make…

Structuring for success


As a new business choosing a business structure you more often than not face a four-way crossroad: Become a sole trader Form a partnership Incorporate a limited liability company Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Ultimately it…

Calculating the cost of the National Living Wage


The biggest announcement in July’s budget was also the biggest surprise – the introduction of a new National Living Wage. As is usual, much of the budget had been trailed in the media beforehand, in…