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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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Tax changes for landlords

Landlords don't like the tax changes that are being proposed.

'The Government's buy-to-let tax changes mean I will have to sell - or raise rents'

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Football clubs don't pay tax

Seems a bit like a rant. Clubs often aren't paying tax because they've made huge losses in the past. Isn't that fair enough?

SOME of the richest Premier League clubs are paying little or no corporation tax, despite record revenues and profits. Manchester...…

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SMEs set to take advantage of dividend pay-outs before 6 April 2016

If it is the intention to take out more in dividends from 6 April 2016, then taking out a bigger pay-out before 6 April may be a smart...

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Sharp's shares fall 11% after Foxconn takeover deal stalls

The $4.3bn (£3.08bn) deal was announced by Sharp on Thursday

Shares in electronics giant Sharp lost 11% in Tokyo amid reports that the delay in its takeover by Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn was due...…

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Pension changes speculation

We're expecting changes to the pension system to be proposed in the Budget. What the changes will be and when they will apply are...

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UK economic growth confirmed at 0.5%

Once again, the buoyancy of the services sector has offset the relative sluggishness of the rest of the UK economy

UK economic growth in the last three months of 2015 has been confirmed at 0.5%, figures show, supported by steady growth in the services...…

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Can Foxconn turn Sharp's fortunes around?

Two bailouts in three years, chronic losses and debts and a century old legacy - the board of Japan's Sharp Corp certainly has its work...

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Not sure this actually stacks up...

So there are tax treaties that limit how much developing countries can charge in tax, says ActionAid. The implication is that these are...

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HMRC's new Top Brass

HMRC has announced its new top people. The appointments are not universally welcomed, however.

The government has appointed new bosses at the UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Jon Thompson has been appointed chief...…

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Welsh town gets international fame

Crickhowell's revolt against multinationals and their apparent tax avoidance has now made it into foreign newspapers — in this case, the...

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The highest Income Tax rate in Europe?

It's not officially a rate of tax, but we all know it exists.

Your salary taxed at 60 per cent — the six-figure curse As you climb the career ladder, getting a pay rise that takes you into...…

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Ready for the Budget?

The Sun is starting to flex its political muscles by demanding generous treatment for beer and pubs in the upcoming Budget.

Keep downing beer, George Osborne Tax fight to save pubs sees drinkers urge Chancellor to cut rates & save locals

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ATED achieves its objective?

What's ATED? Why, the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings, of course!

Analysis of recently released official Government statistics today reveals the number of homes owned in company names. Since 2012, the...…

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Buy-to-let landlords in rush to borrow

Record January borrowing figures to beat the 3% surcharge on stamp duty but might there be a correction to house prices after 5 April?

Homebuyers borrowed £17.9bn last month, the highest January total for eight years, as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat forthcoming tax...…

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Dying becomes less affordable?

This isn't Inheritance Tax, it's the probate costs. They may go up dramatically.

(For what it's worth, Critchleys are now looking to start...

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Is India’s $3.6 smartphone too good to be true?

On Wednesday evening a virtually unknown Indian company launched the "world's cheapest smartphone", named Freedom 251, for 251 rupees...

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Does our tax system hold us back?

One suggestion is this article is that a £10m limit on Entrepreneurs' Relief encourages entrepreneurs to sell out too early, and so we...

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Apollo to pay $6.9bn for home security firm ADT

Private equity fund Apollo said on Tuesday, it plans to buy security company ADT for $6.9bn (£4.8bn).

The combined company is expected to generate $4.2bn in annual revenue. ADT's president said the purchase price offered investors a...…

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UK inflation rises in January as fuel price fall eases

Continuing low inflation makes the chance of an interest rate rise in the near future unlikely.

UK inflation edged up to a 12 month high in January, as a fall in petrol prices eased.Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices...…

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More pension changes afoot?

Well, we'll have to wait for the Budget to find out what they are. Here are some thoughts on what they should be.

Answer to the pension tax relief question? A variable limit Comment: With the Government expected to make sweeping changes to tax...…

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Japan's economy contracts in fourth quarter

Japan's population is growing old and shrinking, which is worrying for the country's long-term economic outlook

Japan's economy contracted in the final three months of 2015, adding to a string of setbacks for the government's economic reform policy....…

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Vickers warns over weaker bank safety buffers

Who is right?  Nobody knows.  But is that not in itself is a reason for strong capital buffers.

Sir John Vickers, who headed up the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), said: "The Bank of England proposal is less strong than what...…

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Treasury heaves sigh of relief as HSBC stays in UK

Was it ever serious about moving its headquarters - to Hong Kong in particular?

Was it all a bluff? That would be the easy conclusion to draw after HSBC announced that it would be staying in London

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EU referendum: Cameron's options for enhancing sovereignty

Governments rarely perform miracles but they do try to square circles. And that is what David Cameron's ministers are attempting right...

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Chain Reaction Cycles: Merger with Wiggle announced

Online bike retailer Chain Reaction Cycles, which sells to customers across the world from NI, is to merge with the Portsmouth-based...

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Rolls-Royce shares climb 14% despite dividend cut

Investors breathed a sigh of relief that the group did not issue a further profit warning and that it only cut its dividend whereas many...

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I love their optimism

Landlords who are objecting to the interest restriction on buy-to-let property, to be phased in from 2017, are looking at challenging...

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Reform our tax system?

The idea sounds good, but actually implementing it is the challenge.

If the current system cannot provide the reassurance the public demands, then we should create one that does — perhaps with a new branch...…

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Don't give free advice ...

... even to friends, because you can still end up liable if things go wrong

Legal update: Professionals beware of your duty of care when providing gratuitous services The High Court has provided another...…

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Tax and the devil

An interesting way to save tax. No doubt Lord Archer had an eye on the possible publicity this would generate!

Lord Jeffrey Archer, the millionaire author, former MP and convicted perjurer, has trimmed his tax bill by donating a statue of Satan to...…

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Not tax but ...

... there are a lot of tax incentives to encourage energy saving. But a simple way to save energy actually might do the opposite.

Those Days You Work From Home May End Up Wrecking the Planet

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David Bowie: Tax Planning Hero

An American article, commenting on David Bowie and how he chose his tax residence with some care.

David Bowie: Tax Planning Hero

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Nanny state?

Big companies may be able to dodge taxes. But HMRC is now chasing nannies who, so they think, aren't carrying on bona fide businesses.

Childminders must now prove their business is being run to make a profit or could be forced to repay thousands of pounds in backdated tax...…

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This will go down well!

Introduce capital gains charge on property, says thinktank Government should bring in annual levy to slow house price rises, according...…

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We're going digital

Maybe taxpayers like doing returns online more than on paper. Or maybe they simply leave it too late to do a paper return so have to do...

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Why does Sainsbury's want to buy Argos?

"The laminated book of dreams," was how comedian Bill Bailey once jokingly described the plastic-coated Argos catalogue.

Sainsbury's, which has already been trialling Argos concessions in 10 of its stores, has now offered £1.3bn to win control of Home Retail...…

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The World turned upside-down

So Cherie Blair is helping landlords challenge the Government's new rules on the tax deduction for loan interest on buy-to-let properties.

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Kids Company - report by PACAC published today

This is a "must read" for everyone involved with charities - trustees, paid workers, volunteers, donors/funders & auditors. 

I remain...

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