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Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants appoints new partner

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants are delighted to welcome a new partner to the firm. Steve Robinson FCA joins Mercer & Hole’s Milton Keynes office as a General Practice Partner from Grant Thornton LLP, where he worked for the past 30 years and was a partner from 1998. Steve’s appointment is a boost to Mercer &...

Date: 29th September, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Overview of ‘Making Tax Digital’

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC’s plan to transform the current tax system into a paperless online system. As part of the implementation plan for MTD, HMRC has recently published six consultation documents, which target specific customer groups and include proposals for modernising the way individuals and businesses pay tax. The six...

Date: 28th September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Proposed changes to dates for employees reimbursement on benefits

Employees provided with a taxable benefit in certain circumstances can reduce or remove the tax charge by making a payment for the benefit.  There are a number of deadlines by which this can be done, depending on the benefit provided which can lead to confusion and unexpected charges.  Accordingly, HMRC is consulting on a proposal to...

Date: 26th September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


£500 pensions advice allowance – consultation

The Treasury is consulting on plans to introduce a new pensions advice allowance, which would enable people nearing retirement to take up to £500 to put towards the cost of financial advice out of their pension fund, tax-free. The £500 allowance is intended to enable individuals to receive advice on all financial products that could...

Date: 23rd September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole’s Financial Planning team are commended for Retirement Adviser of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants Financial Planning team (M&H Financial Planning) are commended for Retirement Adviser of the Year at The Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards 2016. Speaking on winning the award, Iain Muffitt, Director of Financial Planning said “ I am so proud of our...

Date: 23rd September, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants win silver in the Herts Digital Awards

We are proud to announce that Mercer & Hole won silver in the Blog category at the Herts Digital Awards last night. The award was given for Mercer & Hole’s 110 year campaign combining business and the local Hertfordshire community. Mercer & Hole are avid bloggers and have been writing for their five different blog channels...

Date: 23rd September, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Benefits in kind and salary sacrifice – proposed tax changes

The Government is considering changing the tax legislation on benefits in kind provided under salary sacrifice arrangements.  There is a concern that these are creating a significant cost to the Exchequer, primarily for the benefit of higher paid employees.  The proposal, therefore, is that with the exception of salary sacrifices for...

Date: 20th September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole merge with Rickmansworth accountants Day, Smith & Hunter

Mercer & Hole are delighted to announce that three new partners are joining the firm and in addition to London, St Albans and Milton Keynes, Mercer & Hole will have a new office in Rickmansworth. On 1 October 2016, Mark Cassidy, David Jones and Sandy Bell will become partners of Mercer & Hole and will be based at the firm’s...

Date: 20th September, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Proposed changes to taxation and termination payments

There is a generally widespread (frequently mistaken) belief that the first £30,000 of any payment made in connection with termination of employment is tax-free.  The confusion around the entitlement and the complexity of the legislation leads to a number of anomalies and the Government is minded to simplify the position.  A...

Date: 19th September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


Deadline – diverted profits tax notification

Companies with financial years ending before 31 March now have only until the end of this month to notify HMRC if they believe that the new diverted profits tax could apply to them. The Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) applies from 1 April 2015 and is charged at a rate of 25% on ‘diverted profits’.  It is a new tax, separate from...

Date: 15th September, 2016   |   Author: Cathy Corns   |   Comments: 0


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