The Chancellor delivered his 4th budget on Wednesday 20 March. There was a substantial amount of noise whilst he spoke, the House being called to order at least 4 times.
Whilst there was quite a negative outlook, concerns about the EU, growth expectations not being met and so on, the Chancellor did announce a number of promising taxation measures which will benefit both individuals and businesses.
To read our summary of the main personal tax, business tax and anti avoidance measures that the Chancellor announced, click here.
It's a long standing Sagars tradition that we make a charitable donation in lieu of sending festive greetings cards and this year we are supporting the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Fund with a collection of new toys.
Over the festive period our offices will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve, opening again on Thursday 27th December. We will close at 4pm on New Years Eve and open as usual from Wednesday 2nd January onwards.
The COFA and COLP roles come into force on 1 January 2013 - is your firm ready?
To assist anyone taking on the COFA or COLP responsibilities, we will be repeating our COFA workshop on Tuesday 5 February and we're delighted to welcome Distinctive Partnerships to Sagars to provide COLP training on Thursday 14 February.
We hope that you are able to take advantage of these sessions and look forward to welcoming you to our offices. For workshop timings, outline content and costs, please email Deborah Stewart for further details - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in receiving our bi-monthly solicitors e-shot, please ask Victoria Goff to add you to our mailing list by sending an email to email@example.com
The third annual Trustees week took place last month so we dedicated the lead article in our recent charity and not-for-profit e-shot to sharing the help that's available for recruiting and supporting trustees.
We also reported on the recommendations resulting from the Charities Act review and included an article about Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) which, together with a short piece about reserve policies, completed our offering for the December issue.
Our charity and not-for-profit e-shot is distributed on a bi-monthly basis to share current hot topics and news relevant to the sector. If you would like a copy of any of the articles mentioned above, or you want us to add you to the mailing list, please email Victoria Goff - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chancellor began his 2012 Autumn Statement by saying "Britain is on the right track". The measures that he announced included a raft of tax avoidance rules and clampdowns on tax "avoiders and evaders", but he also stated that any tax increases were going to pay for tax savings.
Our Autumn Statement e-shot provided further details about the key aspects of the Chancellor's announcements that we felt would be of interest to our clients and professional contacts, email Deborah Stewart to sign up for our regular updates - email@example.com
We're celebrating again - Accountancy Age have named us their 2010 Tax Team of the Year at a ceremony in London last night, choosing us over Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton, Dallas Campbell and Mazars for the title.
In crowning us winners, the judges said "Tax is best done when well explained. The Yorkshire-based firm of 71 staff punches far above its weight, using the personal touch to win clients. The fact that 93% of the firms new work in 2009 came directly from referrals shows its strategy is working."
Managing partner, Chris Jones said "To scoop three major awards in one year is a massive achievement for everyone connected with Sagars and the wins prove that people choosing us can enjoy excellent service with our compromising on the quality of technical advice".
We are extremely proud that the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners have named us their 2010 Accountancy Team of the Year.
Not only do the awards highlight excellence among STEP professionals but we've beaten off tough competition from Baker Tilly, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Rawlinson & Hunter and Saffery Champness to clinch the title so this is a very welcome win for everyone connected with Sagars.
We're delighted that our expertise has been recognised and thank our loyal clients, trusted professional contacts and committed team members for their continued support.
Following our recent national tax award win, we are thrilled that the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners have shortlisted us for their 2010 Accountancy Team of the Year award.
Having first being shortlisted in 2006, we are delighted to be named as finalists again, particularly as the awards recognise excellence and have attracted a record 150 entries this year.
The winners of the STEP Private Client Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 19th October 2010 when we will be hoping to clinch the prestigious Accountancy Team of the Year title.
We are extremely proud to have beaten off tough, national competition to become the Lexis Nexis Best General Tax Practice 2010.
Having made the final shortlist for the past three years, this is a very welcome win for everyone connected with Sagars and we are pleased to receive the title on behalf of our loyal clients, supportive professional contacts and committed team members.
We are delighted to announce that we have once again made the national shortlist in the Best General Tax Practice category of the Lexis Nexis Taxation awards.
This is the third successive year that we have been named as finalists since winning the title in 2007. The news is fantastic for our clients and contacts, who can look upon this external vote of confidence from our industry peers as further recognition of our tax technical expertise....and it serves as a well deserved pat on the back for our hardworking, committed team.
Check this page again after 20 May 2010 to see if we have succeeded in adding another trophy to our collection.
Hot on the heels of our most recent award win comes the news that we have managed to repeat our Accountancy Age Awards success from last year by making the 2009 shortlists in both the Tax Team of the Year and Best Medium Firm categories. Our competitors for the tax award include BDO, KPMG and Ernst & Young so we're in good company. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 November and we're hoping that, in this instance, bigger isn't always better.
We are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in winning one of ACQ Finance Magazine's Country Awards for Achievement 2009. The corporate finance publication has named us Regional Tax Adviser of the Year - UK, in recognition of the tax technical advice that we have supplied to our clients in relation to a variety of deals and transactions over the past year.