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Stephen Charles

Tax Partner, Sheffield

Stephen is a Tax Partner at the firm, specialising in corporate and business taxation as well as being captain of the Hawsons cricket team! He is a qualified chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and has been at Hawsons since 2007, previously working at a national firm.

Stephen Charles - tax partner - payroll specialist - Hawsons

Stephen Charles

Tax Partner, Sheffield

0114 266 7141

sac@hawsons.co.uk

Stephen’s recent articles

Big benefits of outsourcing your payroll

Whether you are a small or large business owner, you may have considered outsourcing your payroll matters. There are various reasons why companies often initially process payroll themselves. Indeed, some companies consider in-house processing to be a more...

Reducing the cost of buying a home – SDLT reform

One of the welcome announcements in the Autumn Statement included the immediate reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of residential property. Until this announcement SDLT was charged at a single percentage of the price paid for the property, depending...

Up front tax savings on incorporating a business removed

Owner managers have increasingly chosen to operate their businesses through the company medium in recent years as some regulation has reduced for the smaller company and because it is more conducive to minimising personal tax and National Insurance liabilities....

Year End Tax Planning 2015

Would you like the opportunity to reduce the taxman's take from your own and your family's income? If so read on, as carrying out an annual review of your tax affairs could significantly reduce your own and your family’s tax liabilities. The period leading up to the...

Capital or Revenue expenditure? A brief discussion

Should a client face an enquiry from HMRC into their tax return and accounts, a common area that is reviewed is any deduction that may have been claimed in the accounts for repairs and renewals. This arises because whilst a repair to an asset is an allowable item of...

Tax relief on business sales looks set to change

With the uncertainty surrounding Entrepreneurs' Relief (ER), we look at whether entrepreneurs should consider finalising the sale of their business before the general election in four months' time. There are strong concerns that the relief could face reform by the...

Things to consider when choosing a payroll provider

Whether you are a small or large business owner, you may have considered outsourcing your payroll matters. There are various reasons why companies often initially process payroll themselves. Indeed, some companies consider in-house processing to be a more...

RTI penalties on the horizon

Earlier this year, HMRC laid out their timetable for various changes to the PAYE compliance system: April 2014 - in-year interest on any in-year payments not made by the due date - this is already happening, although HMRC are not writing to affected businesses....

What is R&D tax relief? (video) Generous tax relief

Research & Development (R&D) tax reliefs are HMRC incentives created to encourage innovation and technological advances in the UK. R&D tax relief is a widely available, but often overlooked tax relief. Since the introduction of R&D tax relief the rates of relief have...

Judge DRDed – new rules on the Direct Recovery of Debts (DRD)

You may have heard that HMRC are proposing new rules on the Direct Recovery of Debts (DRD). HMRC recognise that: "…there are concerns about the impact of this change on vulnerable members of society. We must ensure that there are strong safeguards in place so that...

Do you employ anyone under the age of 21?

From the 6 April 2015, if any of your employees are under the age of 21 you may no longer need to pay employer Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions (NICs) on their earnings. The rate of employer Class 1 NICs for employees under the age of 21 will be 0%...

Allowances on certain fixtures treated differently

Certain fixtures in buildings are treated in a special way for the purposes of claiming capital allowances. A fixture is an asset which is installed in a building so that it becomes part of that building or land in law. Special legislation for fixtures was introduced...

Can employers reclaim SSP? – SSP recovery abolished

The Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS), which allows employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in certain circumstances, was abolished from 6 April 2014. Assuming your business is eligible, you should ensure you claim the Employment Allowance which commenced on 6...

Impacts on the tax efficiency of goodwill on incorporation

Two very significant changes were announced in the Autumn Statement that come into force immediately and impact upon the tax efficiency of incorporation. These measures are likely to significantly reduce the tax benefits associated with goodwill. These need to be...

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