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Nov 22 2019

The rise of contactless payments

Categories: Food & DrinkTaxation

Contactless payments are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the food and drink industry, where it is estimated that half of all debit card transactions are contactless. In the UK, contactless payments on debit and credit cards have a maximum limit of £30 however mobile payment methods, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, are better more

Nov 20 2019

Capital allowances on commercial properties

Categories: Property & ConstructionTaxation

Within commercial properties there are a number of items that might qualify for favourable tax relief. In relation to property construction, capital allowances may be available to a taxpayer on certain capital expenditure, regardless of age, specification or interest held. Capital allowances reduce the amount of tax paid by either an Income or a Corporation Tax more

Nov 19 2019

The Law Society of Scotland Financial Benchmarking Survey 2019

Categories: Professions

The Law Society of Scotland recently released its annual edition of the Financial Benchmarking Report, giving an insight into current trends and performance of the legal sector. Head of EQ Professions, Mark Gibson, commented; “The Law Society of Scotland Financial Benchmarking Survey gives Scottish legal practices the opportunity to assess their performance relative to the more

Nov 14 2019

The ongoing review of auto-enrolment

Categories: Amber AccountingHealthcare

As mentioned in our previous article, auto-enrolment (AE) was introduced to help people save for later life through a pension scheme at work. Although all eligible workers should now be enrolled in their employer’s workplace pension scheme, it is the continued responsibility of employers to constantly monitor the information to avoid any potential fallouts. Here are more

Oct 29 2019

Electric Vehicles – a tax efficient employee benefit

Categories: TaxationTechnology

Following on from our previous article which considered the tax implications of purchasing a car for use in your business, we now discuss why it is the optimum time to purchase an Electric Vehicle (EV). According to Auto Express, some of the best EV’s to buy in 2019 include brands such as Tesla, Jaguar, Mercedes more

Oct 25 2019

State Pension – to claim or not to claim?

Categories: Agriculture

The average age of a UK farmer is now 59 and with changes to the State Pension regime, it may be time to consider how these may affect you. The full basic state pension is currently worth £8,767.20 a year and you can check when you are entitled to claim using the H M Revenue more

Oct 25 2019

Significant purchase activity in the hotel sector

Categories: Leisure

In the past two years particularly, our specialist leisure team has seen a spike in the volume of hotels being bought and sold in Scotland, many of which we have been directly involved in. Whilst there have been a number of ‘corporate purchasers’, there is still strong demand from independent operators and from the overseas more