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Gold Sponsors of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards – Best Customer Service 2018

Following on from winning the Best Customer Service Award at the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards 2017, this year we are delighted and proud to be the Gold Sponsors of the Best Customer Service Category for 2018. If you are interested in entering any of the SME Awards, please visit www.bedfordshireawards.co.uk for more information. You can enter[...] Read more »

Two million couples still missing out on Marriage Allowance

Recent government statistics indicate that out of four million eligible couples, around half are still not benefiting from the income tax Marriage Allowance (MA). The allowance was first introduced in April 2015, which means that a backdated claim made in 2017/18 could be worth up to £662. It’s worth checking to make sure claims are[...] Read more »

Temporary workplace travel expenses question:

I am an IT consultant and I provide my services via my limited company, which operates outside the IR35 rules. I started working on my current contract just over two years ago – although when I started, I did not know that it would last this long. Do the temporary work place rules on allowable[...] Read more »

25 Prizes for 25 Years – Christmas Raffle 2017

With it being our 25th year in business we decided to have 25 prizes to celebrate our 25 years! Here are just a few of our Christmas lucky prize winners!

Christmas 2017 Charity Donations

This Christmas Cowley Holmes have donated to St John’s Hospice & Soupervan.UK   Merry Christmas & a Prosperous 2018 to all!  

Buying a used commercial vehicle

If you buy a second-hand commercial vehicle from a dealer, they will normally try to sell it to you under the second-hand margin scheme. This means that they only account for VAT on the profit margin. You will not be provided with a VAT invoice and you will be unable to recover this VAT as it[...] Read more »

HMRC now takes a more targeted approach when selecting businesses for a VAT inspection

HMRC now uses a sophisticated system to gather information and target enquiries.  This uses a range of third party data sources, including banks, insurers, Land Registry etc. as well as the Internet and social media, to select businesses for an inspection. Inspections could also be prompted by an anomaly in accounting or VAT return figures[...] Read more »

HMRC – no more credit card payments

If you blow your cash over Christmas and are planning to pay your self-assessment tax bill (due no later than 31 January 2018) with your credit card you’ll be out of luck. HMRC won’t accept credit card payments after 12 January 2018. This goes for all tax payments, not just those for self-assessment. So if[...] Read more »

Celebrating 25 Years in Business

We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of Accounting and Tax Advice in Bedford, first opening the doors to Cowley Holmes Accountants in 1992. We would like to thank our clients, a number of whom have been with the Practice since it started, and looks forward to the Practice serving them the over the next[...] Read more »

Winner of Beds SME Best Customer Service 2017

We are delighted to announce we are a winner at the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards 2017 for the Best Customer Service Award! Thank you to everyone that voted for us.


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