“Fawcetts take a very professional approach via every point of contact. We have found each member of their team to be approachable, friendly and most importantly experienced and knowledgeable. 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
“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. ”
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
“James always relishes the prospect of finding a new angle on complex financial problems creating some interesting and workable solutions to ensure that we always maximised our profitability. Fawcetts capabilities are way beyond “doing the accounts” and would a great asset to a any growing company needing a steady pair of hands with creative thinking.”
Robin Sutherland – Hayling Island
“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. James Hayes has expertly guided us through the process of choosing and implementing Xero as our new accounting system. We have found Xero to be user friendly, intuitive with many intelligent processes. Importing bank transactions to reconcile is a quick and easy task. James helped us utilise the tracking facility to enable us to look at profitability for each individual project. The flexibility of a cloud based system means we have access to financial information anytime, anywhere.”
Brian Keane– Stockbridge
“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.”
Andy Leppard – Somerset
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A response to a freedom of information request has revealed that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) cancelled 270,000 late penalty notices in 2016.
However, this figure was dwarfed by the 610,000 cancellations in 2015 and the 400,000 cancellations in 2014.
The request was made by a partner in a ‘magic circle’ law firm, who was himself issued with a late penalty notice, despite having submitted his tax return in December, ahead of the 31 January deadline.
Despite having filed on time, when HMRC overturned the penalty in March this year, it nevertheless issued a letter, stating “if you file on time we won’t charge penalties”.
While HMRC revealed the number of late penalty notices that were cancelled over the three-year period, it did not disclose how many of these were the consequence of errors on the part of the Revenue, as opposed to the taxpayer having a reasonable excuse for late filing.
A spokesperson for HMRC said: “We don’t want penalties, we just want tax returns. Taxpayers with a reasonable excuse for filing late or who have been taken out of SA do not have to pay penalties. Taxpayers who file on time are not issued with penalties.”