Congratulations Steph Strachan ATT

Congratulations Steph Strachan ATT

Congratulations to Steph Strachan who passed her final ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) examination in October.

She achieved 90% in her final exam after completing a mixture of written papers and computer-based examinations. Steph has worked hard and should be extremely proud of her achievement.

Steph joined James Milne after obtaining a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Robert Gordon University in 2012, joining us the day after her graduation ceremony. As well as being very experienced and now fully qualified, Steph has an impressive ability to work well under pressure, which is important given her role in personal tax.

She said: “I am thrilled to have passed my examinations, it has been hard work but it has been worth it. The team at James Milne has been really supportive – the family culture at the firm, including the flexible working arrangements, has made a real difference to my studying and my everyday job as well”.

Congratulations Steph Strachan ATT

A fond farewell to Ellen

We were sad to wave farewell to Ellen Smith in November who had been with James Milne for almost ten years.

Ellen joined us straight from Robert Gordon University in 2012 as a Chartered Accountant trainee, and began training for her Chartered Accountant’s qualification. As a qualified accountant, she was promoted to Accounts Manager in 2018, providing James Milne clients with a professional and friendly service.

Over her time, Ellen has worked with a wide variety of clients from small individual retailers to large engineering companies.

Ellen is leaving practice work to take up an industry position. We wish her every happiness in her new position, and will miss her happy, smiling face and wonderful baking!

Congratulations Steph Strachan ATT

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No business is too small or too large to be selected for an HMRC tax investigation. That’s why many of our clients subscribe each year to our tax investigation service to cover the cost of our fees should they be the subject of an enquiry into tax, VAT, PAYE and benefits.

These enquiries have become more frequent, targeted and in-depth, and this is set to continue after what has been an unprecedented year for business. For the tax year 2019/20, HMRC recovered £36.9 billion in additional tax as it aimed to close the UK tax gap.

Our tax investigation service is an annual subscription service, effectively an insurance policy, to cover the costs of our fees for handling an HMRC enquiry on your behalf. It is important to point out that even if the result of an investigation concludes there is no adjustment to your tax position, the cost of a defence is potentially huge with cases taking longer.

With the level of government support given to businesses during the pandemic, the approved Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as well as Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payments will also be under investigation.

The good news is our tax investigation service covers these schemes for clients who subscribe to the service. Gift Aid and Stamp Duty Land Tax, including its regional equivalents, are also covered.

If you haven’t subscribed or renewed your subscription please do so by 31 July 2021. The cost of arranging your own defence can be costly should your business be randomly selected. And if you are selected, it doesn’t mean you have to simply concede to HMRC demands. Our tax team can effectively manage your case and make sure that any tax liabilities are fair and reasonable.

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The subscription year runs from 1st August and just might be the best business decision that you make this year.