HMRC AIM TO IMPROVE R&D TAX RELIEF CLAIMS


As of 1 April 2019, R&D tax credit claims must come with a CT600 and full computation.


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SUSTAINABILITY IN RETAIL


Many UK businesses find themselves in a unique position regarding their influence and ability to drive large-scale sustainability in retail.


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2020 PAYE CAP FOR R&D TAX RELIEF FOR SMES

5TH JULY 2019


The amount of payable tax credit that a qualifying loss-making SME can receive in any tax year will be capped to three times the company’s total Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) liability for that year.


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RETAIL ROCKS: REINVIGORATING THE HIGH STREET

15TH JUNE 2019


We recently welcomed a selection of speakers and guests from some of the UK’s leading retailers to our West Midlands office. The occasion? Retail Rocks


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HMRC R&D TAX RELIEF ON THE UP AGAIN

3RD JUNE 2019


Last week, HMRC published the latest Research and Development tax credit statistics for 2000-02 to 2016-17. So, what did it show?


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PENSIONS RESEARCH ACCOUNTANTS GUIDANCE UPDATE

6TH JUNE 2019


On 26th October 2018, The High Court ruled that Lloyds Banking Group’s Scheme Trustees were required to equalise Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) through other scheme benefits.


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WORKING IN PERFECT TANDEM

15TH APRIL 2019


We’ve joined forces with Tandem, the London-based property asset management firm, who’ve appointed us as their Service Charge auditors.


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R&D TAX RELIEFS FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

1ST APRIL 2019


With the pace at which the world of software development moves, it was perhaps destined to be one of the trickiest areas for companies and R&D incentives advisers to tackle when it comes to identifying R&D tax relief opportunities.


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CP TALKS - PULL THE PIN AND WATCH A BUSINESS BOOM

29TH MARCH 2019


The sixth instalment of CP Talks exploded onto the scene at our Birmingham office, as we were joined by Alan and Juliet Barratt, founders of the nutrition and performance company, Grenade.


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IR35 CHANGES WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

17TH MARCH 2019


In the public sector, since April 2017, it’s been the client’s responsibility to assess the IR35 status of a contractor. Now, following the outcome of the initial consultation in October 2018, the same is set to apply in the private sector.


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IS YOUR BENEFIT PENSIONS SCHEME FUTURE PROOF?

16TH MARCH 2019


Over the past year, the Government has been reviewing the powers that TPR holds. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that trustees are up to date on their responsibilities and the actions they need to take.


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REPORTING YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS

15TH MARCH 2019


If you work for a ‘large’ company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), you’ll need to comply with new reporting requirements for periods commencing on or after 1 April 2019. 


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TOP TIPS FOR TAX YEAR-END PLANNING

14TH MARCH 2019


You want to make sure you’re doing all you can to reduce your tax bill. We’ll put money on it. But with the year-end looming, you’d be forgiven for feeling a tad under prepared when it comes to getting on top of your tax.


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SPRING STATEMENT 2019

13TH MARCH 2019


Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, starts by saying he wants to lift the cloud of uncertainty we've had on all the bad news last night of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty that creates. 


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LONDON CALLING COOL NEW WORKSPACE

11TH MARCH 2019


After doubling in size over the last three years, we’re always looking at ways to build and grow our business. That’s why we’re expanding into a super cool workspace in London. This follows the recent opening of our office in Bristol.


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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2019

8TH MARCH 2019


Today is International Women’s Day – a day of celebration, reflection and pushing for a better future. We looked into this year’s slogan, thought about gender equality at Cooper Parry and asked some of our wonder women a few questions.


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THE FAST TRACK 100 THE LESSONS

1ST MARCH 2019


We recently hosted a CP Talks Creating Inspiring Cultures event, where we learnt lessons from some of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Here’s a summary of what our audience heard on the night.


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WE'RE THE 13TH BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR IN THE UK

22ND FEBRUARY 2019


The 2019 Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For list has been revealed, and it’s yet another cause for celebration. We’re the 13thBest Company to Work For in the UK – another top 15 finish to follow on from last year’s.


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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MAKING TAX DIGITAL?

13TH FEBRUARY 2019


It’s HMRC’s ambition to create “one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world”. To make this happen, it’s started an initiative called Making Tax Digital (MTD). MTD is going to affect everyone. 


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MAKING TAX DIGITAL FOR BUSINESSES

12TH FEBRUARY 2019


Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a new requirement by HMRC for businesses to keep digital records and submit tax returns online. To do this, you’ll need compatible software to make it happen. There’s more on that here. And it all begins on 1 April 2019.


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MAKING TAX DIGITAL FOR LANDLORDS

12TH FEBRUARY 2019


As if being a landlord wasn’t complicated enough. Touchy tenants, soaring service charges and now this – Making Tax Digital. If you’re a landlord of multiple properties, normally, you’ll charge VAT on top of your rent.


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MAKING TAX DIGITAL SOFTWARE

12TH FEBRUARY 2019


Making Tax Digital (MTD) will eventually require all people and businesses to submit their tax returns online. To do this, you’ll need software that acts as a “digital link” between your data and HMRC.


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MORE TURNOVER, MORE PROFIT, MORE CLIENTS

11TH FEBRUARY 2019


2018 was action-packed to say the least. The results for the financial year show a 7% growth in turnover and a 5% growth in profits. And we’re still the number one firm of accountants and advisers in the Midlands for privately owned businesses


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THE BEST PLACE TO WORK IN EUROPE

31ST JANUARY 2019


It’s official – we won three awards at the 2018 European Engagement Awards, including the main prize, the highly coveted Employee Engagement Company of the Year.


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ENTREPRENEURS RELIEF AND ALPHABET SHARES

24TH JANUARY 2019


The draft Finance Bill 2019 includes changes to the qualifying conditions for Entrepreneurs’ Relief. The original draft legislation was messy. It was also published without any detailed guidance from HMRC to suggest how it should be applied in practice.


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CP TALKS - FROM THE TOUCHLINE TO COOPER PARRY

17TH DECEMBER 2018


Leicester Tigers CEO, Simon Cohen, swapped the Welford Road pitch to the 3G grass in our office earlier this year and joined us for a CP Talks event. 


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CP TALKS - CREATING INSPIRING CULTURES

5TH DECEMBER 2018


We recently hosted a CP Talks Creating Inspiring Cultures event, where we learnt lessons from some of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Here’s a summary of what our audience heard on the night.


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TWEAKS TO ENTREPRENEURS RELIEF

27TH NOVEMBER 2018


In the lead up to the Budget at the end of October, there was a lot of murmuring about whether the Chancellor would abolish Entrepreneurs’ Relief. He hasn’t done that. But he has changed the rules to narrow the relief.


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WHAT'S ALL THE CHAT ABOUT?

21ST NOVEMBER 2018


We know it can sometimes be lonely as a business owner or finance director. Who do you turn to with your everyday problems? Where can you discuss the things that are bugging you that you can’t really share with your team? 


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CAPITAL ALLOWANCES CHANGES: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

20TH NOVEMBER 2018


The Office of Tax Simplification didn’t recommend wholesale changes to the capital allowances regime back in the summer, but it did recommend that some tweaks would be helpful to make the relief more accessible. So, what did the Chancellor do in the Budget last month?


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HOW IS BREXIT AFFECTING THE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS MARKET?

19TH NOVEMBER 2018


Our Partner & Head of Corporate Finance, Andy Parker, shares his thoughts. Theresa May has echoed a sentiment I often express as a corporate finance deal leader: “Until the whole deal is done, no deal is done”. 


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US TAX CHANGES AFFECTING RETAIL BUSINESSES

18TH NOVEMBER 2018


In the US, the tide is turning against online retailers like Amazon. What does this mean for UK retailers? If you’re a bricks and mortar retailer, you’ll have heaps of overheads – rent, electricity, gas, business rates, public liability insurance, state tax and many, many more.


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A Q&A On TRUSTS

16TH NOVEMBER 2018


We caught up with Private Client Tax Partner, Sarah Axe, to find out how trusts can help with things like school fees, selling a business and helping to protect your wealth. Sarah, you say you “love trusts”. What’s that all about?


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TECHNICAL AS WELL AS TAX

1ST NOVEMBER 2018


As well as a team of tax experts, we’re a team of technical experts too. And when it comes to finding out what you do, delving into the technical details and writing a report for HMRC to understand, I truly believe there’s no one better.


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DO PEOPLE DO ANY WORK?

31ST OCTOBER 2018


When people hear about our culture, it’s the first thing they say...“Surely people take the p**s”, “Do people do any work?” – these are just two of the reactions everyone at Cooper Parry is used to hearing when we talk about our culture.


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AUTUMN BUDGET 2018

26TH OCTOBER 2019


With Brexit on the horizon, a changing digital world and continued demand for greater employee rights, Chancellor Philip Hammond had his work cut out for this year’s Autumn Budget.


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HMRC R&D TAX RELIEF ON THE UP

23RD OCTOBER 2018


Last week, HMRC published the latest Research and Development (R&D) tax credit statistics for 2000-02 to 2016-17. So what did it show?


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PAY LESS TAX. WHAT A RELIEF

23RD OCTOBER 2018


As a tax adviser with more than 18 years of specialising full time in capital allowances, I’d agree that it’s fair that companies should pay the right amount of tax. However...


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AUDIT TEAM OF THE YEAR 2018

27TH SEPTEMBER 2019


The scene’s set. It’s the big one. The annual BAA awards night at London’s glittering Grosvenor Hotel. The anticipation rises. The room silences. Boom. We hear those immortal words: PKF Cooper Parry.


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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

17TH SEPTEMBER 2018


We’ve just hired 13 new audit trainees and seven new interns. We’re excited, as these are the next generation of accountants and business advisers that might soon be working with our clients.


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VAT - WHAT TO DO IF THERE'S A 'NO DEAL' BREXIT

3RD SEPTEMBER 2018


Just in case a Brexit deal can’t be reached with the EU by 29 March 2019, HMRC has issued its first set of notes on the Customs & VAT implications. Surely this is evidence a ‘no deal’ is a real possibility.


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HOW PROCESS MAPPING IS HELPING OUR CLIENTS

16TH AUGUST 2018


Over the last few months, we’ve been helping lots of our clients with “process mapping”. Put simply, it involves looking at your basic business functions. 


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AUGMENTED REALITY APPS ARE HELPING MORE BUSINESSES TO GROW

14TH AUGUST 2018


Did you know 78% of online content is reached through a mobile device rather than via websites? And it's statistics like this that present a strong argument for every business to embrace this kind of technology.


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HOW TO PLAN FOR LEAVING SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

13TH AUGUST 2018


If you’re about to go into your final year at school, college or university, you’re probably trying to make your mind up about further study, apprenticeships, getting a full-time job or even travelling the world.


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CP TALKS - HOW TO BUILD A GLOBAL, ETHICAL BRAND

30TH JULY 2018


We recently hosted Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black’s, for our third CP Talks event. CP Talks is an event series we’ve created to help entrepreneurs and business owners from across the Midlands connect, network and be inspired.


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HOW CHARITIES PROCESS GIFT AID PAYMENTS IS CHANGING

29TH JULY 2018


The Financial Reporting Council has recently issued changes to FRS 102 that will have significant consequences for charities with trading subsidiaries. It's going to affect how these charities account for gift aid payments.


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EXTRA PENALTIES FOR NOT REPORTING OVERSEAS INCOME 

24TH AUGUST 2018


Are you declaring any sources of financial income overseas? This could be overseas property, shares, businesses, cash income or anything else providing you with a financial gain.


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HOW ARE RETAILERS BEING DISRUPTIVE?

11TH AUGUST 2018


Being disruptive was a theme throughout the day at our Retail Rocks event. Here are some of the things retailers are doing to get ahead of their competitors and disrupt their industry.


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MELISSA HEMSLEY'S LIFE HACKS

20TH JUNE 2018


We were recently joined by Melissa Hemsley at an event for professionals at Sky View. Melissa is one half of the Hemsley & Hemsley brand. She’s appeared on Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen. She's been featured in The Times, Vogue magazine and lots of other places.


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HOW WILL MAKING TAX DIGITAL AFFECT YOU?

11TH JUNE 2018


Making Tax Digital is a hot topic with expected changes coming in from April 2019. Here’s a bit more information on how it’ll affect you from our VAT head honcho, Damian Shirley.


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PARKVIEW SCOOPS GOLD AT INDUSTRY OSCARS

10TH JUNE 2018


After being named as one of The Top 10 coolest offices in the UK by The Telegraph last year, our offices have just picked up another award.


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HOW CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS ARE CHANGING BUSINESS

8TH JUNE 2018


We recently held our Retail Rocks event, with retail leaders from the likes of Aldi, Clarks, Halfords, HSBC and Microsoft. This is one of our insight pieces following the event.


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WORKING FOR THE RIGHT PEOPLE

7TH JUNE 2018


Let’s face it, businesses in the professional services industry have a pretty poor reputation for the services they provide. But why is this? Why are service levels so poor?


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