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“Fawcetts have provided me with excellent financial support and advice during 2 business start ups and continuing growth. I have a dedicated adviser, Nick Jones who plays a key role in the management and strategic direction of my company and is always accessible for routine and impromptu meetings. Through personal experience i have experienced that the size and scale of a business is immaterial to Fawcetts – the commitment is always the same and they really make you feel as though you and your business matters. I have recommended Fawcetts and Nick to my colleagues and will continue to do so. ”

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“James has been a huge help to me as I look to incorporate Creativemint, talking me through all the options, offering advice and helping me to feel relaxed and happy about the transition and the subsequent accountancy services I will need.”

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“I have been with Fawcetts since the inception of my business in 2008, and have always been very happy with the service that I have received. Although living in Bournemouth I chose Fawcetts due to their excellent reputation. Whilst there are a number miles between my work base and my accountant; distance has never been as issue as they are always very responsive including responding to emails and phone calls outside of normal office hours and on a couple of instances over the weekend.”

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“James has always gone beyond the traditional approach of just accounting for what we have already done and continues to help us develop our company in testing times.”

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“We have found Nick to have an exceptional ability to grasp the issues we have as a law firm operating internationally. His advice is always clear and candid, and he has demonstrated a flair for lateral solutions to many of the problems we have. He helped us to manage our set-up and has guided us as we grow, and is considered to be one of our most trusted advisors.”

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UK’s tax gap continues to fall

Figures released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) show that the UK’s tax gap – the difference between tax owed and actual receipts – is continuing to fall.

The Revenue has revealed that the tax gap for the 2016-17 tax year was 5.7 per cent, down from six per cent in the previous year and 7.3 per cent in 2005-06. It says that, had the tax gap not fallen, a total of £71 billion less tax would have been collected last year.

The figures show that of the total tax that was unpaid, the largest proportion was from small businesses, with £13.7 billion not paid.

According to HMRC, taxpayer error was nearly twice as likely as criminality to be the culprit for missing tax, with errors costing the Revenue £9.2 billion in lost income, while criminality cost £5.4 billion.

Meanwhile, Income Tax, National Insurance and Capital Gains Tax had the biggest tax gap at £7.9 billion. The VAT gap, on the other hand, has fallen from 12.5 per cent in 2015-06 to 8.9 per cent in 2016-17.

Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “These really positive figures show that the tax gap is the lowest in the last five years, which reflects the hard work that HMRC and I have been doing to ensure we support businesses to pay the right tax at the right time and clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance.

“Collecting taxes is essential for funding our vital public services such as the NHS – indeed, had the tax gap remained at its 2005/06 level the UK would have lost £71 billion in revenue destined for public services, enough to build 200 hospitals.”

Jon Thompson, Chief Executive of HMRC, added: “The UK is the only country in the world to regularly publish their tax gap in detail and at 5.7 per cent, it remains at its lowest for five years. I am pleased that the downward trend shows HMRC and HM Treasury’s continued hard work to tackle evasion and avoidance is working.

“HMRC is also working hard to help taxpayers get their tax right by offering support and investing in digital services to improve businesses’ record keeping and reduce errors.”

The Revenue is now touting the forthcoming launch of its flagship Making Tax Digital programme as the latest weapon in its arsenal as it looks to reduce the tax gap further.

Link: Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

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"Fawcetts take a very professional approach via every point of contact. The management team would not hesitate to recommend the services of the Fawcetts team to any business regardless of size and industry"
G Blamire - Salisbury
"Through personal experience i have experienced that the size and scale of a business is immaterial to Fawcetts - the commitment is always the same and they really make you feel as though you and your business matters."
Lou Whiting - Salisbury
"James has always gone beyond the traditional approach of just accounting for what we have already done and continues to help us develop our company in testing times."
Steve Rawlins - Gosport
"Fawcetts provide excellent support tailored to our business needs. They are always available for advice and have a reassuring and professional approach that makes you feel as though you are their only client."
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Jack McConnell - Bath
"James has been a huge help to me as I look to incorporate Creativemint, talking me through all the options, offering advice and helping me to feel relaxed and happy about the transition and services I will need."
Miles Murray - Salisbury
"Nick has been a great help year on year providing my business with efficient services and ever useful and practical advice."
Mrs Zanne St John Marchmont
"We have found Nick to have an exceptional ability to grasp the issues we have as a law firm operating internationally. He helped us to manage our set-up and has guided us as we grow, and is considered to be one of our most trusted advisors."
Andy Leppard - Somerset
"We would have no hesitation in recommending Fawcett's for any accounting requirements and we look forward to many more years working together with them."
Jeremy Chalke - Salisbury
"I chose Fawcetts due to their excellent reputation. Whilst there are a number miles between my work base and my accountant; distance has never been as issue as they are always very responsive."
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