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Crawfords and COVID-19

Here at Crawfords, we understand the current situation for businesses is incredibly uncertain and, as your accountants, you’ll be relying on our support now more than ever. With that in mind, we wanted to take the time to update you on how we’ve adapted to the...

Was the NHS ready for the coronavirus surge?

As we move beyond the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic - and hopefully avoid any further acceleration in the UK - uncertainty about the future will give way to debate about what we can learn in hindsight. It's just a few short weeks since the first fatalities in the UK,...

How to prepare your business for Coronavirus

The impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 - known to many people simply as Coronavirus - is still unfolding at a very rapid pace and the full extent of that impact will not be known potentially for many weeks and months. However, preparing your business for...

Bitcoin bounces back over $10,000 amid coronavirus concerns

Cryptocurrency investors who gambled on Bitcoin since 2018 could have the coronavirus outbreak to thank for recent gains in value, as our cryptocurrency accountants at Crawfords have seen its price rise since the first cases were reported in Europe. Value Climbing...

HMRC’s investigation into Cryptocurrency Taxation

Ten years ago Bitcoin emerged as the first digital currency, and those who made the lucrative choice to invest in this new digital asset are the envy of many today. Over the last ten years the value of one bitcoin has increased from just a few pence to over £6,500 in...

Annual house price growth hits 2.1%

The Halifax House Price Index for November 2019 saw annual house price growth reach 2.1% following its biggest monthly rise since February. Compared with the previous month, house prices were up by a full percentage point at an average of £234,625. The quarterly...

US expats in the UK at risk of having bank accounts frozen

British citizens who were born in the US face having their bank accounts frozen due to a Catch-22 in the American tax system, according to a recent report in the Guardian. The newspaper reported that there are potentially tens of thousands of people born in the US but...

Is it time for laws to be imposed on crypto currency?

Some of the most desirable features of cryptocurrencies - their anonymity and lack of regulation - are also some of the biggest risks for investors and the loudest alarm bells for governments around the world. Cryptocurrency: The volatile investment There are many...

How do new GP contract payments affect practices?

The new rates of global sum and GP contract payments published by NHS England earlier this year have different implications for healthcare accounting for practices in different parts of the country. When the new payment rates were published, GPonline had a pair of...

Facebook announces global coin ‘Libra’ for 2020

An official announcement by the Libra Association has ended speculation over whether Facebook will introduce a global coin - a universal digital currency - under that name in early 2020. In its announcement the Libra Association, which includes Facebook among its...

New rules to lift inheritance tax on £1m estates

Married couples and civil partners will soon be able to inherit up to £1 million tax-free under new rules that allow you to avoid inheritance tax on larger estates. Under changes introduced for the 2019-20 tax year, you can avoid IHT on estates up to £950,000, but...

How to minimise stress when going through a company liquidation

April is Stress Awareness Month and if you're going through a company liquidation or on the brink of insolvency proceedings, it's likely to be a stressful time. However, you are not alone - in 2018, there were over 16,000 company insolvencies in the UK, up 10% over...

How will Dental Contract Reform affect the way dentists are paid?

NHS England's Dental Contract Reform programme is due to extend to include around 120 dental practices by the end of the 2018-19 financial year, as part of ongoing efforts that could change the way dentists are paid for the work they do. What changes can dentists...

What you need to know about the charge on disguised remuneration loans

Last months Valentine's Day brought with it updated guidance from HMRC relating to the disguised remuneration charge on loans, a tax avoidance measure used in the past to refrain from paying Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. Disguised remuneration loans...

Cryptocurrency tax update – What changed in 2018?

With a new year underway, it's a good time for a cryptocurrency tax update as we look at the current rules that apply to 'virtual' currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and Ripple. In recent years these have been seen by many as a good way to gain considerable...

Making Tax Digital for VAT – April 1st introduction approaches

We are fast approaching the introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT, which will apply to the first VAT return filed by businesses after April 1st 2019. It's important to be ready for this. You may need to make considerable changes to your accounting processes in...