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A tax saving - which is not an April f...

2017-04-04 08:03:58

The first of April is traditionally a time when people can be spun a line, but this 1st April marked a tax saving that is not a hoax. The corporation tax rate has reduced slightly from 20% to 19% in line with plans which were publicised a while ago. With a further reduction in the pipeline to 17% in 2020 this may tip the balance for some self-employed professionals and businesses to revisit the question of incorporating. ...

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Ignoring your pension duties could ris...

2017-03-13 09:15:27

The Pension’s Regulator (tPR) is beginning to pursue employers through the County Court for a failure to pay their automatic enrolment fines. This can happen if you persistently ignore the penalty notices tPR send out. If you don’t pay within 30 days of receiving the County Court Judgement (CCJ), it gets entered on your credit record and remains there for six years, seriously affecting your ability to borrow money in the future. The tPR are seeing an increase in the number of employers appealing fines at Tribunal, and yet so far no employer has been able to show they had a reasonable e...

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Spring budget changes...

2017-03-09 08:47:18

This year’s spring budget had relatively few provisions, but the announcement that Class 4 national insurance, paid by self-employed people, will increase has provoked a storm of headlines as well as more nuanced comment. The argument provided by the Chancellor is that the benefits secured by the different forms of national insurance (Class 1 for employees and directors, and Class 4 for the self-employed) are more closely aligned than had been the case previously. It is certainly true that until 2016 the self-employed accrued much more modest state pension rights, but even now parental an...

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ABOUT JCS ACCOUNTANTS

Approachable London accountants for entrepreneurs and growing businesses

Brief history

In 1927, JCS opened its first office and over the last century, thanks to a loyal and growing customer base we have flourished and prospered. Now, more than 90 years on JCS are the accountants of choice for businesses in South West London who want more than just historical accounts.

The world we operate in has changed – forever! Your requirements will be different to those customers we served almost a century ago.

Core Ethos

Your personal and commercial needs have also changed as has the way many companies run their accounts function. At JCS we have future proofed our service to our clients. We are continually pioneering new and improved ways of serving our customers and delivering great value for money.

At JCS you get access to a well resourced practice with over 90 years experience working with companies in South West London.


MEET THE TEAM

Available to help businesses in South West London flourish and grow

Dick Haffenden MA FCA CTA

Director

Tax Specialist

Paul Newton BSc FCA

Director

Audit & accounts specialist

Miriam Hickson FCA CTA

Director

Audit, VAT & Charity specialist

Joanna Walker MA FCA

Audit Manager

Audit, accounts & IT specialist

Sue Walker

Business Support Manager

Management Accounts Specialist

Dick Haffenden

Director

Dick has worked in the fields of both audit and tax, advising owner managed businesses and their owners.

He is our tax specialist, able to identify and plan with clients the very best tax efficient routes – enabling them to keep more of their hard earned money. He also oversees the acquisition, merger and disposal of companies. This includes where necessary, re-structuring and re-financing using a variety of structures including UK or offshore trusts.

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Miriam Hickson

Director

Miriam advises a range of both commercial and charitable clients on all aspects of financial accounting and audit, with a particular aptitude for negotiating complex regulatory issues. She regularly provides training to both the staff and trustees or directors of clients.

Miriam is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with a special interest in VAT, and has provided specialist advice to a national charity on this subject, as well as dealing with a number of other complex areas including land transactions and international services.

Miriam enjoys working with clients who are looking for support and advice as their business or organisation grows, and regularly attends Board Meetings to advise directors and trustees.

When not advising clients, Miriam enjoys being creative with both sewing and cooking, and is active in a local church. The furthest Miriam has travelled for an audit assignment was to Moscow, where she was auditing a project for a charitable client – in Russian!

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Paul Newton

Director

Paul has a wealth of experience advising on financial reporting and audit for clients in a wide range of commercial sectors, including UK subsidiaries of overseas groups.

He also takes an interest in smaller businesses, advising on the choice of accounting software, management accounts, budgeting and providing general financial and tax advice. He particularly enjoys getting alongside clients, understanding their business, and being on hand to answer queries through the year.

When away from the office, Paul enjoys family days out and plays (very!) competitive squash and table tennis. His sporting claim to fame was to receive a table tennis trophy from Sir David Frost in the Albert Hall!

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Joanna Walker

Audit Manager

Joanna has worked with a range of clients of all sizes in a wide variety of sectors.

She has considerable experience in assisting both commercial and charitable clients in the production of their annual accounts and other management information. She also has a particular ability to help clients implement accounting systems and tailor IT packages to suit their particular needs.

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Sue Walker

Business Support Manager

Sue heads up our business support department, which provides bookkeeping and management accounts services to medium and small enterprises, both in the office and based at clients’ premises. The department also prepares VAT returns and assists clients with budgets and cashflow projections. Sue particularly enjoys working with small businesses and clients in the healthcare sector such as care homes, doctors and dentists.

Sue likes to keep fit by attending regular Pilates classes and enjoys mountain biking with friends at the weekends. On a Sunday morning Sue can be found in the bell tower of her local church practising the art of campanology.

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Address:

5 Robin Hood Lane, Sutton

Surrey, SM1 2SW

 

Phone:

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Dick Haffenden

Director

Dick heads up the firm’s tax department which provides tax advice and ensures that the tax reporting requirements of clients are fully complied with. He advises on all aspect of UK taxation, both business and personal, advising individuals, companies and trusts. Dick has an interest in tax planning, and will advise on structures and strategies to mitigate the taxpayer’s liabilities.

Dick works with a portfolio of clients in the healthcare sector, and doctors and dentists in particular. He enjoys dealing with their unique challenges, often bridging both the public and private sector, including the peculiarities of the NHS superannuation scheme.

Dick is often called upon when clients are looking to buy or sell a business, advising on accounting and taxation aspects of transactions. This includes both financial due diligence and working with lawyers on appropriate tax and financial clauses in sale agreements.

Away for the office, Dick enjoys hill walking and skiing. He is a trustee of an international charity, and when closer to home has an ongoing battle with local deer while trying to grow vegetables in his garden.

Dick lived in Africa for a number of years, and became fluent in Swahili – which is not often required when working as an accountant in Surrey!

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Miriam Hickson

Director

Miriam has worked with the Audit Commission as well as in public practice.

She has significant experience working with larger audit clients, professional firms and both local and national charities. She also has a special interest in VAT, advising clients on both routine and complex situations, with expertise in providing solutions to particularly problematic cases.

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Paul Newton

Director

Paul has a wealth of experience dealing with audit and accountancy matters including management accounting systems.

He has a wide knowledge of compliance issues, and is able to assist our clients in meeting their statutory and financial reporting obligations. He has particular experience of dealing with companies that are part of larger groups, with associated internal reporting requirements.

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Joanna Walker

Audit accounts and IT specialist MA FCA

Joanna advises clients in the commercial and charity sectors, dealing with both the challenge of rapidly changing financial reporting requirements, as well as managing some complex audit assignments for the firm.

Joanna also has a particular interest in IT, and provides consultancy services for clients who are looking to choose or implement new accounting software.

In her spare time, Joanna is a trustee of a local church and enjoys singing in a variety of choirs. She has performed across the country at notable venues including Westminster Abbey. Accountancy runs in the blood for Joanna, as she is the fourth generation Chartered Accountant in her family!

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