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Critchleys is an accountancy, financial planning and human resource consultancy firm. Critchleys was founded in Oxford in 1906 and is today placed in the UK's top 100 accountancy and financial planning firms, with a large client base including individuals, trusts, businesses, charities and non profit organisations. Critchleys offers the best of both worlds by combining the expertise of a large firm and the personal service of a local practice.

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Tackling abuse & mismanagement in charities

The Charity Commission (CCEW) has just published its annual report on its regulatory work. The volume of inquiries by the CCEW has...

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SDLT scheme that didn't work

I'm aware of a number of tax dodges to get round Stamp Duty Land Tax taht didn't work. Mostly it was people buying houses, but this...

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Tax Collection-Russian style

I thought HMRC were tough...

Tax collectors in Russia have stumbled across a new way of getting people to pay their debts - by threatening to take away their cats,...…

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Prepare for give-aways

Budget Day was announced. As it's so close to the election, I think there's a good chance there will be some bribes!

George Osborne announces 18 March date for 2015 Budget Chancellor George Osborne is to deliver his last Budget of the Parliament on 18...…

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Dear Mr Cameron, a precedent you might find useful...

A nice example of how to negotiate with the EU....

To stop Luxembourg blocking the new digital VAT changes, the other EU member states have had to promise parachute payments of up to €1.1...…

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House prices

Recent changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax may cause an increase in property transactions, though

ONS: House price rises are accelerating in just two areas of the UK - is one of them yours? Only two regions of the UK saw annual...…

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Don't blow that whistle in Luxembourg!

I wondered how details of the "sweetheart" tax deals agreed by the Tax Authorities reached the public domain....

Dec 13 (Reuters) - A Luxembourg judge has charged a former PricewaterhouseCoopers employee suspected of leaking documents about secret...…

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Charities in the press - round up

This article came hot on the heels of my contribution to our Charity update seminar last week - for more information, see my blog on...

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VAT and job creation

I've mentioned before that the UK could reduce the rate of VAT on some "labour intensive services" to 5% if it chose. The OECD thinks...

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Filed your return yet?

Of course, my return went in months ago!

23,000 taxpayers expected to submit tax returns on Christmas Day Sad, mad - or just madly busy? Thousands of taxpayers will spend...…

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Intrastat thresholds for 2015

Useful, if not exciting, information

Intrastat – Thresholds from 1 January 2015 14 Dec 2014 This is to advise you that, as Parliamentary approval has been received, we can...…

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Inheritance Tax exemptions in Germany

It sounds like Germany has soemthing a bit like our Business Property Relief to exempt interests in businesses from their versionof...

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HMRC are now after solicitors

I'd hope solicitors' tax affairs would be more accurate than many others' but this does not always seem to be the case. They are next...

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Feeding Britain

We welcome a report published today "Feeding Britain" which looks to address many of the social challenges society now faces in the...

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Again nothing to do with tax...

Occasionally I find things which, while not relevant to what I do at Critchleys, are interesting, amusing, or both. Here's one of those...

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Don't get divorced if you dodge taxes!

This is an old story (2012) but nevertheless one I find amusing. Back in the days when I was a Tax Inspector, we reckoned a tip from an...

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Free parking

Oxford Park and Ride - free parking, one day only

Parking will be free at all Park & Ride sites on Saturday 6 December 2014, as part of Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday...…

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Patent Box changes

Our new regime was attacked as being too generous. It looks like a toned-down version in now acceptable to other governments.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union's Code of Conduct Group have endorsed a compromise...…

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Autumn Statement

The most popular change seems to be the changes proposed to Stamp Duty Land Tax

Osborne dons populist armour for election campaign George Osborne has laid out the battleground for the next election in a populist...…

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VAT: Autumn Statement Confirmation

HMRC confirm rumours reported in the media earlier in the day. VAT refunds will be available to Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance...

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VAT: Autumn Statement Rumour 2

The Chancellor is rumoured to announced VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance Charities in today's Autumn Statement

VAT refunds for air ambulances As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and...…

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VAT: Autumn Statement Rumour 1

The Chancellor is rumoured to announce a grant to assist hospices with VAT

Hospices to get annual Government grant to wipe out VAT costs HOSPICES are to get an annual Government grant...…

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STEP guide for non-resident property owners

STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, has published a useful summary of the latest proposals for taxing capital gains on...

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Morality and tax (again)

Well, possibly it's about morality. But more likely, voters think something is "morally wrong" if other people can get away with it and...

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Pre-election bribes?

I guess putting the duty up might upset the voters, but we are easily bought...

George Osborne rules out UK rise in duty on petrol George Osborne has ruled out an increase in the duty on petrol despite a sharp fall...…

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