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I blog regularly on issues that affect entrepreneurial and technology-based businesses which are close to my heart. My blogs are often provocative and I don’t always share the views of fellow tax professionals. And I certainly don’t have any political allegiances.

I’m an all-round business advisor, and tax specialist. There’s always lots going on in the tax world and I will share some of my thoughts with you. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

Life is tough for the entrepreneur and private businesses in general. Despite claims to the contrary, banks are more or less closed for business. Other traditional sources of funding are few and far between. Early-stage businesses need to have an exceptional idea to secure funding. More established businesses need to fund expansion out of profits.

In our profession there’s been consolidation and there will continue to be so. The largest firms are moving back into the world of management consulting (funny how things come round in circles) and other top firms are squeezing the big boys at the edges. One thing doesn’t change though – most decisions are driven by short-term profit needs; I should know, I’ve been there and got the tee-shirt. That’s why I established Jupp Consulting – to be completely independent.

We put our clients’ needs first, provide a cost-efficient and proactive service, and celebrate with you when your success brings us success.

Andrew Jupp – Founder and Principal

11 March Budget predictions

11 March Budget predictions 150 150 AJ

On 11 March, Sajid Javid will present his first Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer, which will also be the first Budget in nearly a year and a half. It’s also the first Budget presented by a government with a sizeable majority in Parliament for a decade or so. The first Budget of any new Parliament is normally the one where the Chancellor has the…

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Retirement relief to Entrepreneurs’ Relief – the next stage of the journey?…

Retirement relief to Entrepreneurs’ Relief – the next stage of the journey?… 150 150 AJ

When I started my career in tax, we had Retirement Relief; very few people will remember it. Then we had Business Asset Taper Relief; some of you will remember that. Now we have Entrepreneurs’ Relief; but for how much longer? According to a recent article in The Times, this “loophole” (really? It is a Government incentive backed by comprehensive legislation) has “scandalised tax experts for…

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Tax policy – some personal thoughts and interesting statistics…

Tax policy – some personal thoughts and interesting statistics… 150 150 AJ

What do politicians want to do with tax? They want to raise revenue to fund public spending and they want to use tax policy as a political carrot. Clearly the two completely contradict each other. Most people don’t like paying tax. It’s the nature of my work that a lot of people ask how they can “get round the system” or “isn’t there a way…

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The tax gap – and the next PM wants to cut taxes further…

The tax gap – and the next PM wants to cut taxes further… 150 150 AJ

HMRC has recently published the 2019 edition of Measuring tax gaps which shows estimates of tax lost in 2017/18. Worryingly, the “gap” for 2018/18 is estimated at £35 bn, or 5.6% of total tax due. The 2017/17 figure was £33 bn (5.7%), so little progress has been made in reducing this. How does this fit, then, with our next PM’s wish to cut taxes? A…

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Innovation – why we’re missing a trick…

Innovation – why we’re missing a trick… 150 150 AJ

Innovation – why we’re missing a trick for early-stage financing There’s a market failure in financing early-stage technology companies. Anyone who watches “Dragons’ Den” will know there’s a fine balance between risk and reward, but for early-stage technology companies, a number of factors combine to make this an extremely tough area. The thoughts and solution outlined below are the result of input from several authors…

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Spring Statement 2019 – the headlines

Spring Statement 2019 – the headlines 150 150 AJ

Short and to the point. What else could the Chancellor do with so much political and structural uncertainty surrounding this statement? He said that the UK economy continues to grow, with wages increasing and unemployment at historic lows, providing a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s economic future. With borrowing and debt both forecast to be lower in every year than at last year’s…

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The Budget – a missed opportunity for incentivising IP creation?

The Budget – a missed opportunity for incentivising IP creation? 150 150 AJ

Why do businesses create IP and what additional help do they need to encourage this? Incentives come in various forms, monetary or non-monetary, and they tend to be applied to induce product-orientated development ideas, which can be used in combinations of new and existing technologies and resources (Schumpeter,1934, writing in the Theory of Economic Development, published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA). But why are…

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The Budget 2018

The Budget 2018 150 150 AJ

Lots of small changes. Many one-off giveaways. Lots of headline-grabbing announcements. Legislative tinkering. The Chancellor “Austerity is coming to an end but discipline will remain”. So, the Budget was earlier than we were expecting, to avoid clashing with the final stage of Brexit negotiations in November. Of course, this is the final Budget when the UK is part of the European Union, so how the…

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Budget 2018 – predictions and wishlist

Budget 2018 – predictions and wishlist 150 150 AJ

So, the Chancellor has surprised many by announcing that the Budget will be on 29 October. In my previous blog I speculated why it had moved to a Monday and have been scratching my head ever since wondering what this Budget might surprise us with. I guess he had possibly hoped that an outline Brexit deal would have been done before he had to unveil…

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Budget Day announced

Budget Day announced 150 150 AJ

The Chancellor has announced that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October. The day is much earlier than was expected and will see the second Autumn Budget since Mr Hammond abolished the Autumn Statement in 2016, and moved the then Spring Budget to the autumn. This year, the Budget will fall on a Monday, rather than the normal day which is Wednesday.…

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