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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

Finance Bill 2018-19

Finance Bill 2018-19 150 150 AJ

Our view – both good and bad The Treasury has published draft provisions for Finance Bill 2018-19. This was first published for consultation on 6 July 2018. This publication of draft legislation ahead of its introduction to Parliament is part of the government’s tax policy making process, which was updated last December. The draft legislation runs to some 222 pages, including 40 draft clauses and…

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Spring Statement 2018

Spring Statement 2018 150 150 AJ

The Chancellor has presented his first Spring Statement. As expected, it was a short statement, which concentrated on giving headline economic figures, rather than any detailed tax changes. However, the Chancellor did launch several consultations which invite views on future changes to the tax system. We would expect legislation to be announced in the Budget in the autumn. Interestingly, there were strong hints that the…

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Budget Analysis – Autumn 2017

Budget Analysis – Autumn 2017 150 150 AJ

The Headlines “The UK will be prepared for every possible Brexit outcome.” “At this Budget we choose a balanced approach.” There was a lot of talk about encouraging innovation and technology but not a lot of real substance or new money/incentives. Investment in 5G and fibre broadband, and Artificial Intelligence. Yes, a few changes to EIS and R&D but is it enough? A lot of…

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Budget 22 November – predictions

Budget 22 November – predictions 150 150 AJ

The Chancellor will deliver the second Budget of 2017 on 22 November. Our view is that it could be one or two things. Either it could be a “steady as you go Budget”, no doubt making a number of small legislative changes, or it could be far more radical and seek to raise taxes overtly rather than covertly. Much of the detailed content is already…

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My very personal view on tax avoidance

My very personal view on tax avoidance 150 150 AJ

I’m not going to mince my words. I think that tax avoidance is morally wrong. I have no time for it. I do not advise on it – I never have and I never will. Not the view of many tax advisors, I appreciate that. But with such a spotlight on it at the moment, I think I have a duty to be clear to…

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Autumn Budget – 22 November 2017

Autumn Budget – 22 November 2017 150 150 AJ

Here we go again! And the next one is on…….  Wednesday 22 November at 12.30pm. This is the first of what will become an annual autumn Budget, and replaces the Spring Budget and the former Autumn Statement. It will now become the main announcement of tax and fiscal changes each year. Of course, this year is slightly different. We’ve already had a Budget in March,…

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Finance Bill – yet more delays and uncertainty

Finance Bill – yet more delays and uncertainty 150 150 AJ

The Government has announced that it intends to reintroduce the provisions withdrawn from the pre-election Finance Bill in a new Bill as soon as possible after the summer recess. Parliament returns on 5 September and we expect to see the new Bill published soon after that. You may recall that as part of the announcements in the Queen’s Speech, it was stated that three Finance…

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We do not support the General Election decision

We do not support the General Election decision 150 150 AJ

I write this just after the Prime Minister has announced that she will seek a snap General Election on 8 June. Customarily, I do not comment on political issues, but in this case I believe that it will have such an impact on the economy, the business world, and stability in general that a brief comment is necessary. In my view, the world has far…

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Budget Analysis – Spring 2017

Budget Analysis – Spring 2017 150 150 AJ

The Headlines This Budget could be re-named an attack on the self-employed and SMEs, especially those in traditional manufacturing, construction and service industries! It could have been worse, but we’re struggling to see how. It’s a give with one hand and take away with the other. Larger companies, the employed and those in high-tech industries have got off very lightly. Class 4 NICs (self-employed NICs)…

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The Budget – 8 March – our predictions and thoughts

The Budget – 8 March – our predictions and thoughts 150 150 AJ

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, present his first Budget on 8 March. It is the first of two this year, and the last to be held in the Spring. The Budget then moves to the Autumn, so we’ll have a second Budget this year in October/November. We don’t expect this Budget to be very exciting, for three main reasons. First, there was an Autumn Statement only…

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