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Equestrian

If you run a business involving horses, you’re not alone. Across the UK, there are around 8,000 equine enterprises, directly and indirectly employing an estimated 250,000 people.

But even though you are part of a vibrant, multi-billion pound industry, is it hard to find the professional advice you need, from people who understand the way your business works?

Fawcetts are different. We’ve been looking after the financial interests of rural and equine enterprises for many years, so the tax and business advice we offer is based on years of experience in helping businesses like yours to achieve their maximum potential.

We understand the particular pressures facing equine businesses, and can advise you on the most appropriate steps to meet these challenges.

Our team will take time to get to know and understand you and your business and advise you on all the financial implications of running an equine business, including:

  • business start-ups
  • choosing the right business structure
  • business acquisitions
  • tax-efficient operations
  • tax allowances and reliefs
  • specialist VAT advice
  • succession planning.

By working with you to establish where you are now, and where you want to be in the future, we can help you develop strategies to develop, diversify or expand to achieve your goals. We can also help your business to run more smoothly with support services including payroll and accounts.

Whether you work in equine tourism, run a livery stables, stud farm or riding school or work as a trainer, we will tailor our advice and services to meet your needs.

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Latest News

270,000 late penalty notices cancelled by the Revenue

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.”

Link: HMRC cancels 270,000 late penalty notices

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