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Welcome to the Orchard Accountants blog. This is our hub of information where we will detail company developments as well as provide news and insight into the ever-changing world of finances and accounting. If you read something which strikes to your interest, and you’d like to learn more about a particular topic or service we provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Renovated homes that have been empty for two years can qualify for a reduced rate of VAT

Although a key VAT-saving measure for listed dwellings was abolished in October 2012, there are still circumstances in which a renovation project can be subject…

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Wages rise at the fastest rate in a decade

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), averages wages in the UK are growing at their fastest rate since 2008. The ONS has revealed…

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HM Revenue & Customs has started carrying out PAYE tax investigations remotely

It has been reported that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has begun carrying out PAYE investigations remotely. The investigation begins with a phone call, inviting…

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25,000 companies receive penalties for the late filing of accounts in just one month

The latest data from Companies House shows that thousands of penalties were handed out for the late filing of company accounts, with more than 25,000…

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Non-VAT-registered businesses need EORI number to trade with EU customers and suppliers post-Brexit

Any business that is VAT-registered and currently trades with the EU will have automatically been issued with an EORI number allowing it to trade with…

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New figures show a sharp increase in Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts

New figures published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have revealed a significant increase in the number and value of Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts. The…

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Overseas employees potentially face double NICs liability following a no-deal Brexit

Employees working overseas on secondment could face paying twice as much in National Insurance Contributions in the event of a no-deal Brexit, HM Revenue &…

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HMRC trialling self-assessment checks to help local authorities to recover council tax

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it is entering into data-sharing arrangements with local authorities to help clamp down on council tax debt.…

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Universities warned that students are vulnerable to tax scams

With universities across the UK welcoming new and returning students, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued a warning about tax scams. (more…)

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Increasing number of pension savers hit by tax charges

An increasing number of people saving for retirement have been hit by tax charges for exceeding the amount they are allowed to put away tax-free.…

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