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Essential monthly tax news and marketing strategies for busy accounting and tax professionals.

Marketing tip #4 – Website page load speed is vital

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Page load speed affects SEO and online presence, which in turn affects your marketing campaign. Slow websites have high bounce rates and fewer page impressions per visit. In an ideal world, pages should take no more than four seconds to load. Any slower, and it’s a slippery slope.

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Can you claim back notional input tax not actually charged?

3 minute read.

In September 2009, the appellant made a claim for input tax it claimed it had incurred on postage totalling £383,599, which HMRC rejected in 2010.
The appellant carried on a mail order business and used the services of Royal Mail to despatch its orders and also to distribute advertisements.

It was accepted that at the time the Royal Mail made those supplies to they were considered to be exempt from VAT.

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Redirecting inheritances effectively for IHT purposes using deeds of variation

5 minute read.

Malcolm Finney looks at the quirky deed of variation and its use for inheritance tax purposes but warns against its abuse.

It is, of course, impossible for a testator to predict what circumstances may exist at the date of their death. In particular, they will not know the circumstances, financial or otherwise, of their proposed beneficiaries.

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Tax tip #6 – Salary plus benefit rather than salary sacrifice

2 minute read.

As explained in Tips 2 and 3, from 6 April 2017 alternative valuation rules apply to work out the taxable value for most benefits where provision is made via an optional remuneration arrangement, such as a salary sacrifice scheme.

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TaxationWeb Roundup – May

2 minute read.

Have a read of the best forum queries, news and articles on our partner website TaxationWeb.

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Marketing for accountants tip #3 – Is your website mobile friendly?

2 minute read.

Most accountants will set up a website when they first start practicing, and then forget about it. But website styles and technology move quickly, and if you don’t keep up your website and your practice will be left behind.

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Tax tip #5 – Choose non-cash benefits to save employee NICs

3 minute read.

Even if a benefit is not exempt from tax and National Insurance, it can still be beneficial from the employee’s perspective to choose the benefit rather than cash salary, as this will save the employee Class 1 National Insurance contributions.  

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Wife taxable on 50% of rental profits from jointly-owned property when all rents were paid to and retained by husband

8 minute read.

The appellant was taxable on 50% of rental profits from a property jointly owned with her husband, notwithstanding that all the net rents were paid to and retained by him.

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We’re at Accountex!

1 minute read.

We’re exhibiting at Accountex today and tomorrow (1 – 2 May) at ExCel London. Come visit us at Stand 1231 to meet our team and get exclusive offers!

If you can’t make it to the show you can still access our Tax Insider Professional newsletter offer – check it out here.

Content marketing for accountants

4 minute read.

In this blog we cover the benefits of content marketing for accountants, and how it can help build your practice.

Tax and accounting practices have often been slow to adopt a full marketing plan, instead relying on word-of-mouth and reputation to build and sustain their practice. But in an increasingly competitive and complex tax market the need to create a strong marketing strategy is more important than ever.

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