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The Recast European Insolvency Regulation (the “Recast EIR”)

The Recast EIR came into force in the UK, as in all EU member states except Denmark, on 26 June 2017. Its full title is Regulation (EU) 2015/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on Insolvency Proceedings (recast). Useful Insolvency Service guidance explains that the Recast EIR “deals with cross-border...


Date: 26th June, 2017
Author: Chris Laughton

David Hadley features in Lexis Nexis, Tax Journal

Tax Director, David Hadley, has recently featured in the latest edition of Lexis Nexis Tax Journal. The article, “Incorporation Relief and Structuring buy-to-let properties”, outlines the pros and cons of incorporating existing property portfolios. While pitting the numerous tax benefits against the potential risks of passive holding of...


Date: 23rd June, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Mercer & Hole v Debenhams Ottaway Cricket Match

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants played cricket against Debenhams Ottoway at Kings Langley Cricket Club Ground on 12 June. Team captain Daniel McCloskey was joined by partner, Sandy Bell, along with Chris Dennell, Tom Reading, Joshua Garlick, Jack Reyland, Chris Geaney, Patrick Mayor, Dan Miles, Mansel Turnham and Michael Lacey. The match...


Date: 14th June, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

PAYE questionnaire

HMRC appears to be using questionnaires as part of its ‘Check of employer records’, generally sent out by letter.  The ‘Compliance check questionnaire’ is long and requires some detailed information. It is important to realise that all of the sections within the questionnaire have the potential for problems so you...


Date: 9th June, 2017
Author: Cathy Corns

Mercer & Hole team play to their strengths in EMW Law’s Team Relay Sprint Triathlon

A team from Mercer & Hole’s Milton Keynes office took part in EMW Law’s Team Relay Sprint Triathlon, which took place on 4 June in Emberton Country Park. Patrick Mayor, Jamie Wooldridge and Mansel Turnham put themselves forward to take part in the 750 open water swim, 20k cycle and 5k run, respectively. This was the second year...


Date: 8th June, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Tax-free childcare and childcare vouchers

The childcare vouchers scheme will not be available to new entrants after 5 April 2018. Instead the government has introduced tax-free childcare. This applies to working parents with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children). They need to open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government tops-up the money parents...


Date: 8th June, 2017
Author: David Hadley

Liz Cuthbertson features in Accountancy Magazine ‘IHT passing wealth onto your children’

Private Client Partner, Liz Cuthbertson features in the latest edition of Accoutnancy Magazine and Accountancy Live regarding 'Inhertiance Tax: passing on wealth to your children'. The article covers the significance of inheritance tax and succession planning which has shot to the top of the agenda as the question of long-term care...


Date: 8th June, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

New changes to PAYE coding notices

HMRC is making changes to the PAYE coding notices system.  From 31 May 2017, HMRC will be using data received under RTI and from taxpayers’ personal tax accounts to update tax coding notices as a move towards Making Tax Digital.  HMRC believe changing tax codes more frequently during the tax year will help taxpayers pay...


Date: 5th June, 2017
Author: Jacqui Gudgion

Lisa Spearman shares her love of tax, family, football and Harry Potter

Mercer & Hole Partner, Lisa Spearman has featured in the first of a regular Q&A series in Business MK. The feature looks at what makes business people tick at work and away from the office. In the article, Lisa shares her career highlights, life ambitions and confesses to her guilty pleasure – Harry Potter! To read the full extent...


Date: 2nd June, 2017
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

What charities want from the next government

It is clear that all political parties have many priorities for the imminent general election in their efforts to persuade the electorate that they are the best choice to run the country.  The charity sector must ensure that it is not forgotten; the role that it can play in making everyone’s lives better is often underplayed and the cost...


Date: 31st May, 2017
Author: Steve Robinson

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