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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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Fuel rate changes

Just updated, and they are actually a bit lower for certain diesel cars

Company cars - advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2014 These rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 September 2014 until further...…

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Tax migration in the US

Historically, US corporate tax rates tended to be lower than ours. Now their rates are higher. Businesses have argued that higher rates...

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More for landlords

I'm sure our landlord clients already maintain high standards...

Housing experts have called for minimum standards to be better enforced in the private rental market to stop landlords exploiting...…

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Changes afoot in property rental?

We have a lot of private landlord clients. Could things really go this way?

Most landlords are perfectly decent, of course, but many tenants dream of a world where renting is altogether less hassle. That other...…

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The effect of tax havens

Spain has a special grudge about Gibraltar, and so its comments may be partly political. But there are still lots of tax havens nearby.

A high ranking Spanish politician has claimed that the Spanish government misses out on EUR1bn (USD1.3bn) of tax revenues each year as a...…

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Property bubble?

Property prices continue to rise. Soon every home owner will have Inheritance Tax issues.

House prices edged up in August, according to the UK's biggest building society, the Nationwide. Prices increased by 0.8% over the...…

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The golden rules of cash flow forecasting

Cash flow forecasting is an area of bookkeeping often overlooked by small businesses.

Whilst it's fine (and necessary) to record...

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8 cool things you can do on Google

Some pretty amazing, others simply a waste of employed hours.....

Every once-in-a-Google moon, the geniuses put their algorithm-changing, user-enhancing, spam-fighting activities on hold to create...…

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HMRC are sore losers

HMRC have defeated lots of tax avoidance schemes in the Courts. But they lost on the Rangers case. Never gracious losers, HMRC will...

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Nothing to do with tax again...

Possible good news — assuming this is right

The UK economy will grow faster than expected this year and next, business lobby group the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has...…

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The Future of Company Cars?

So for just under 15 grand more than a typical German executive car you can get an electric Tesla Model S.

An electric car which can...

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Walls have ears ...

Are your employees covertly taping your disciplinary and grievance meetings? Be aware that the courts may want to hear the recordings...

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Six ways to promote yourself – elegantly

As a marketer, I am often faced with my colleagues agonising about the avoidance of bragging - part of the reason I, and other...

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One view about avoidance and evasion

I've linked to this not necessarily because I agree with it but because it expresses sentiments that are common, and yet before the...

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Charities better together

Interesting piece on charities achieving better outcomes for their causes by working with others. I would recommend a Memorandum of...

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UKIP tax plans

It's easy to make promises if you've no chance of being elected!

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has said that its 2015 election manifesto will include plans to cut the top rate of income tax and lift...…

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Yet another scam whereby people are tricked into divulging their bank details over the telephone

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A new scam is on the rise which targets restaurant owners and their customers, according to the latest data from Financial Fraud...…

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Reasons to be cheerful

The stresses of everyday working life can be difficult to avoid .. but you can at least put them to one side for a moment and focus on...

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Lessons from the ice bucket challenge

I am convinced that many of those who have actually taken part in the challenge are unaware of the charity, let alone the symptoms of...

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Offshore "evasion"

Under new proposals, you could be guilty of a crime by accident!

In future, HMRC would only need to demonstrate that the income was taxable and undeclared, rather than that tax was deliberately evaded,...…

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Tax planning affects accountancy firms

We've survived since 1906, but not all other firms seem to be so healthy.

HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) increasingly tough stance on tax planning is taking its toll on the UK accountancy industry, according to...…

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HMRC's latest pensions newsletter

Draft legislation has now been published, setting out the pension changes promised in the Budget. HMRC have also published a pensions...

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Is more pension reform needed?

Do pension schemes only look after the wealthy?

Retirement and age pension reform needs to be fairer and more equal Reforms are necessary to make pension spending sustainable, but...…

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Company cars are getting better

The benefit charge makes company cars a bad idea most of the time. But new low emissions cars are chaning that.

Outlander Diesel / Outlander PHEV The Outlander and Outlander PHEV represent the future of the SUV. A family-sized car that is...…

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Anniversary!

It's the 200th anniversary of the day that the British set fire to Washington DC. If anyone thinks we should have a Bank Holiday to...

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Bad news for private jet owners

Wish this was a problem I had!

HM Revenue and Customs has announced the end of an exemption from fuel duty for the transport of staff members or business clients by...…

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Nothing to do with tax again...

When I'm not doing tax, I do have other interests, including bees and apiculture

A study has found a "considerable richness" of wild bee species in most types of urban habitats. French researchers recorded almost a...…

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Yet another scam whereby people are tricked into divulging their bank details over the telephone

You'd like to believe that one of the customer or restauranteur would see through this...

Restaurant diners warned on rise of bank call scam Restaurant owners are being warned to be vigilant as fraudsters attempt to ...…

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US corporate rates

A study has shown what lots of people already knew — the US corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the world

US Study Compares Worldwide Corporate Tax Rates The Tax Foundation (TF) has issued a paper which shows how the...…

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They aren't quite collecting enough tax

Although Stamp Duty Land Tax seems to be doing well

UK borrowing target still in doubt despite stronger tax receipts Stronger income tax receipts in July fail to compensate for...…

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Is the burden of proof moving?

In a tax investigation, the burden of proof is with the taxpayer if all HMRC want is tax and penalties. But if they want criminal...

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Tax relief for games

Developers of computer games can now qualify for special tax breaks for developing "British" games. What makes a game culturally...

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What HMRC needs

The ICAEW (that's the governing body of Chartered Accountants) thinks HMRC is underresourced. I agree — I belive HMRC woudl collect a...

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Lower taxes for all?

UKIP is promising to lower taxed for everyone if they get elected. It's easy to make promises like that when there is actually no...

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Employment v Self-Employment

Some people claim to be self-employed for tax reasons. And some employers make their workers say they are self-employed for tax reasons.

Self-employment in UK at highest level since records began Critics say fact that 15% of workforce is self-employed is driving lower pay...…

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A fairer tax system?

If individual tax evaders are being chased, shouldn't big multinationals pay their share of the tax? Easy question, difficult answer!

A start has been made in tackling individual evasion. If there is to be any semblance of equality before the taxman, the same focus needs...…

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HMRC new powers

HMRC want to be able to raid the bank accounts of defaulters. Yes, but what if they make a mistake? Lots of people think this is a bad...

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Chasing tax evaders

HMRC are looking to get harsher with those who evade tax (that's the illegal concealment of income, not the legal avoidance where the...

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R&D tax credits are catching on

We do quite a lot of R&D tax credit claims at Critchleys. This is a tax break that HMRC seems anxious to have judged a success.

THE NUMBER of claims for tax credits on research and development costs have risen 30%, according to official figures. In total, there...…

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Individual Protection

This will be relevant to some of those with very large pension funds. The lifetime allowance was reduced, and those with funds over...

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Let me send my CV

The "other place" is recruiting for a rather special role!

Cambridge University is looking for a 'doctor of chocolate'

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Chris Cardell's free Facebook marketing seminar

Chris Cardell is offering a free telephone seminar about Facebook marketing. Whether you are a Facebook fan or not, I would recommend...

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Microsoft considering renaming Internet Explorer?

But what will we call it?

Internet Explorer has more than a 58% web browser market share as of now. This is about triple the market share of the second-place...…

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Turn your car into a fighter jet

Not sure I would pay £300 for this but the idea is brilliant.

Navdy connects a mobile phone to a small projector and provides a “pilot's eye” heads-up display, using a transparent screen. This avoids...…

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Is this the end of TCP/IP?

You can see why it is coming towards the end of its life but I cant imagine life without it

The now-aging TCP/IP protocol might not be around for much longer. That’s if a bunch of researchers promoting network coding have their way.

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The Oxford Wine Festival 23-24 August 2014

Sounds like my kind of festival....!

he Oxford Wine Festival is a unique weekend in a magical city. Sample, sniff and savour hundreds of award-winning and rare wines in one...…

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Taking a break from emails

Do you check your emails on holiday? Or dread the size of your inbox when you return? Daimler may have the solution ...

“Our employees should relax on holiday and not read work-related emails,” said Wilfried Porth, board member for human resources. “With...…

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IBM joins forces with Apple

In a move set to raise eyebrows within Microsoft, IBM and Apple have recently announced that they are to embark on a new business...

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What happens in an 'Internet Minute'

2+ million google searches a minute! That's one hundred twenty million an hour!

What Happens in an Internet Minute

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Cash is King but does that make the humble mobile its Pawn?

It seems that every day brings fresh challenges to the small business community; the biggest of these is possibly just keeping pace...

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Is sexism alive and well in your workplace?

Do you recognise any of these 10 sexist scenarios that women face at work? ...

Being ignored, mistaken for the tea lady or branded a 'maternity risk' … the following common experiences reported to the Everyday Sexism...…

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Lost your keys? No Problem

I really like this, I hope it takes off!

The new Bluetooth padlock called Noke is the world’s first Bluetooth padlock which you can share access with and allow entry to your...…

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Nothing to Marvel at

Struggling over how you should spend your lottery winnings? Forget Islands, fast cars, aeroplanes... how about a comic book from the...

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Sick employee takes the biscuit

I hope that the Nursery has a good Absence Management Policy in place ...

Nursery worker faces sack after starring as a Tunnock's tea cake on TV at Games opening ceremony while on sick leave

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A bit harsh?

An excuse not to pay your tax needs to be a very good one!

A man with a terminal illness did not have a reasonable excuse for paying his tax late because of his illness, a tribunal has ruled.

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Fancy some free Antivirus tools!

Some really helpful tools to help protect you from those nasty threats. The antivirus for mac is a particularly hot topic at the moment...

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Malware to go?

When it comes to smartphones the advice is as for the PC; if it looks to good to be true, then it generally is.

Whilst Apple look to...

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Microsoft Windows

No sooner has Windows XP been confined to the IT dustbin than Windows 7 begins its inexorable slide to anonymity with mainstream...

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A penny for your thought?

As the housing market recovery begins to unfurl, the realities of the earnings gap will no doubt reveal itself: just how many property...

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Employee Benefit Trusts

We never really got into EBTs, but I'm aware that a number of taxpayers did. But HMRC are arguing that the tax advantages claimed for...

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I missed this

I wasn't aware but Friday was International Apostrophe Day. Although not sure abut "International" — do the Chinese use them with...

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Where our taxes go

I found this interesting

How the Government collects our money and where it is spent Have you ever felt that you are paying ever larger amounts of your hard...…

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Good news will lead to bad news

Well, we all know interest rates will rise. Might not be far away. Good news for savers, less good for borrowers.

UK economy more than halfway to full recovery, says Bank governor Mark Carney says expansion is proceeding, and he will not wait for pay...…

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Social engineering again

One of the problems with the tax system is that people want to use it for more than just raising tax — for social engineering. For...

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Nothing to do with tax...

... but something that doesn't surprise me

Lager all 'tastes the same', report says Researchers gave volunteers blind samples of Budvar, Heineken and Stella Artois but found they...…

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Says it all

John Maynard Keynes The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.

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Getting heavy on tax

Remember tax avoidance is legal, by the way! And remember lots of Conservative MPs practise tax avoidance of one form or another! So...

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The tax burden

If the very rich are dodging tax, and the very poor don't have to pay, then the ones in the middle have to foot the bill...

Give middle-class families a tax break, government adviser urges Ros Altmann, the Government's champion for older workers, warns that...…

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Red Light Networking

I was talking to a colleague just this week about the concept of under promise and over deliver.

With so much choice in the...

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How to make the banks fall in love with you

Whilst the original post is US focussed the majority of the points are just as relevant here in the UK.

If you expect to require...

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Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

No Chance, I'm scared of flying so the last thing I want to see is everything around me...

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet...…

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South East businesses facing competition threat

The economic recovery will surely result in a plethora of new entrants to the market resulting in increased competition in the future....

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WDYT. Amazeballs!

As our language continues to expand Oxford Dictionaries have added their latest batch of new words ... take care when next playing...

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Sorry, what was that again?

As we become more and more embroiled in a 24/7 technology driven world, it does no harm to remember that you are the master and IT the...

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Is gambling a business?

Not according to a recent Court decision, where a "professional" poker player managed to avoid having to paychild maintenance because...

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Mat Honan 'Liked' everything he saw on Facebook for two days, here is what happened

Mat Honan's case of 'over opting-in'. I wonder how Danny Wallace would cope with the social media world if he wrote 'The Yes Man II'

I like everything. Or at least I did, for 48 hours. Literally everything Facebook sent my way, I liked—even if I hated it. I decided to...…

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Changes to the pension tax rules announced at Budget 2014

We are holding a seminar to cover these changes on 17 September 2014, for more information and to book a place go to this page

Draft legislation and other documents for the changes to the pension tax rules announced at Budget 2014 that give individuals greater...…

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Worlds longest powerpoint presentation?

Sounds to me like somebody has too much time on their hands, great presentation though.

Startup CEO Offers 1,284 Slides In The Most Insane PowerPoint Ever

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Data Protection concerns continue

A wary caution to those that are considering cloud based technologies.

Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises...…

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Ever wanted to see a real time map of cyber attacks?

I find myself sitting at night watching this, before I know it hours have passed. http://map.ipviking.com/

Norse IPViking live real-time map of global hacking attacks

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National Insurance ideas

To be honest, I think National Insurance should be merged with Income Tax — NIC creates a distortion in that earned income is taxed...

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Ofcom Study Claims We Brits Spend More Time Using Tech Than Sleeping

This scared me a little bit, what if I dream about tech in my sleep?

It turns out that the British love tech so much that we spend more time with it than we do sleeping.

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Privacy... every day I'm Passleing

Tied of being bombarded with personalised detail when performing your web searches?

DuckDuckGo has a simple vision in its intent to...

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Vehicle tax discs

I know this isn't the sort of tax I normally deal with, and I'm sure this will get a lot of publicity, but here's a reminder that...

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Pension update

I hit 55 earlier this year! So the new rules on pensions could be relevant to me. From next tax year, I could (I won't though — it...

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Does MS Office have a Future on Tablets?

Personally I think If you need productivity on a device which looks nice, use an ultrabook. However, I can see the point of this even if...

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iPhone printing on a whole new level

Revolutionary or just another accessory that wont take off?

A Tiny Printer That Spits Out Whatever's on Your iPhone's Screen

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Transformers: closer than you might think.

Now, if only my new car could arrive the same way!

On a more serious note, the possibilities (outside of an accepted military use)...

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More scary proposals

See below about possible new ideas for Inheritance Tax.

I was slightly surprised that The Telegraph allows split infinitives. But...

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Job-related accommodation

I'm aware that many of our clients (especially, but not just, Oxford Colleges) provide accommodation to certain staff; and at least...

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Emperor's new clothes?

The impact of wearable accessories on a corporate network

Hans Christian Andersen versus George Lucas.. as technology develops the...

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Scottish tax

The main political parties at Westminster have pledged to give extra powers to Scotland if it votes to stay in the UK – including control...…

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Another avoidance case

HMRC seem to ahve won most of their tribunal cases against tax avoidance schemes recently. Here's one they lost — but they aren't...

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Trust me!

We'd often recommend the use of trusts for Inheritance Tax planning. I still would, even if the tax advantages are being curtailed,...

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Passwords are woefully flawed

Interesting and innovative approaches explored to protect the security of the individual.. my guess would be a hybrid solution taking...

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Overseas investors in the UK

Historically, overseas investors in UK property could sell it without paying any tax at all, making it ideal for money-laundering! It...

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Meet Oxfordshire Summer Showcase

Critchleys are looking forward to attending the forthcoming Summer Showcase event Meet Oxfordshire are holding at the Said Business...

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Inheritance Tax is collecting more

We have certainly seen an increase in the number of clients who have wanted to plan for Inheritance Tax, or even structure their...

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Change of direction?

George Osborne said that people are pleased to pay tax at 40%, as it's a badge of success. Yeah, right! Perhaps someone's had a word...

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Integrity needed!

I bet none of us feel any sympathy for Jonathan Burrows. It's reassuring his employer regards financial integrity as sufficiently...

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An IT scare

I'm not sure the English in this article is as clear as I'd like it to be. But the message is clear: things you plug into your PC could...

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