When looking for advice, it pays to seek a Chartered Accountant. At Pearson
May we are entirely independent and able to give unbiased advice. Our
strength is our ability to listen, to understand and, on the basis of
our experience, to recommend the best course of action for you. At Pearson
May we look after your money as we would our own. We are dedicated to
serving our clients and have built our reputation over 150 years of personal
Pearson May are committed to understanding their clients' affairs, their
goals and aspirations. Our pro-active professional advice helps to create
imaginative and profitable solutions.
Accountancy is no longer just a reflection of facts and figures. It is
teamwork, experience, hard work and winning through.
Tax Planning And Mitigation
We deal with all aspects of UK personal and corporate tax compliance
including the following:
- Capital Gains Tax
- Corporate disposals and reorganisations
- Double taxation relief
- Employee incentive / share incentive schemes
- Income Tax
- Inheritance Tax
- International tax planning
- PAYE and National Insurance Contributions
- Stamp Duty
- Trusts and estates
- Value Added Tax
Our philosophy is to always minimise your short and long term tax liabilities
whilst at the same time realising that tax must not be the 'tail that wags
the commercial dog'.
Corporation tax represents a substantial part of your trading cost.
The increased reporting obligations, robust investigation policies on
the part of the tax authorities, and harsher penalties for non-compliance
mean that an undue amount of your time and resources can be taken up collecting
revenue for the Government.
We offer a range of services to help you minimise your corporate tax exposure
and relieve you of the administrative burden of complying with tax legislation.
These services include:
- Determining the most tax effective structure for your business
- Taking full advantage of tax opportunities and reliefs
- Achieving the optimum capital or revenue tax treatment
- Reducing tax on disposals and maximising relief on acquisitions
- Making the most of tax opportunities specific to your industry
- Meeting the rigorous demands of compliance including corporation tax
- Acting on your behalf in negotiations with the tax authorities
- Dealing with Inland Revenue investigations
Efficient corporate tax planning can result in significant improvements
to your bottom line.
Value added tax is one of the most complex and onerous tax regimes imposed
on business - so complex that many businesses inadvertently overpay or
The ever widening scope of VAT, the constant stream of detailed changes
to the regulations, and the ever growing demands of HM Customs and Excise
call for a trained professional eye to ensure that you do not fall foul
of the regulations and do not pay the Exchequer more than you need to!
We provide an efficient cost effective VAT service which includes:
- Assistance with VAT registration
- Advice on VAT planning and administration
- Use of the most appropriate scheme
- VAT control and reconciliation
- Help with completion of VAT returns
- VAT healthcheck
The term 'self assessment' is proving to be one of the great misnomers
of all time. Many tax payers struggle to understand the complex tax returns
and complete them correctly. In the first year of the regime alone, 775,000
taxpayers received £100 penalties for failing to submit their returns
on time and some 400,000 incurred further penalties because their returns
were still outstanding six months later. The constant stream of changes
to tax legislation means not only that the returns are becoming even more
difficult to understand but also that taxpayers risk incurring more penalties
through failing to complete their returns on time correctly.
We can save you a lot of time, worry and money by handling your self assessment
for you. We will do all the necessary computations, complete your return
and offer advice on how you can minimise your tax liability. We can act
as your agent, dealing directly with the Inland Revenue on your behalf
and, should you be selected for a self assessment enquiry, act for you
at any meetings.
In an increasing global marketplace businesses and individuals must
carefully plan their overseas transactions. We can assist in this process
by providing guidance in the following areas:
- Minimisation of overseas taxes
- Transfer pricing
- Structuring overseas deals
For further information on our extensive range of services please contact
Businesses which build up trade in overseas markets have a whole new
set of tax laws to deal with. Initially products or services may be delivered
from a base in the UK, but, as momentum builds, it may be necessary to
consider the creation of a permanent base in other countries. We can help
with decisions such as whether a branch of the UK company, an overseas
subsidiary of the UK company or a separate stand-alone overseas company
is the best alternative.
Individuals, particularly those who are resident in the UK, but not domiciled
in the UK, may benefit enormously from holding assets in an offshore trust.
Other individuals who are domiciled in the UK, but are living overseas
for a period of time, will also have tax planning opportunities available
to them. We can provide the appropriate advice.
Trusts and Executorships
Trusts are a relatively easy and very tax efficient way to set aside
assets for future beneficiaries outside the inheritance tax net. We can
advise on the most suitable type of trust for your purpose, set up trusts,
and provide a full range of accounting, administration, and investment
services for trusts.
Irrespective of tax planning, trusts are very important where one or
more of your beneficiaries is unsuitable to look after substantial sums
of money, e.g. because of mental handicap, immaturity or inexperience.
Trusts enable you to transfer money out of your estate without your losing
We can also advise you on the preparation of your will and either liaise
with your own solicitors or recommend solicitors.
Where appropriate, we can act as trustees or executors and if you wish,
administer your estate in accordance with your wishes.
Everyone hopes to maintain the standard of living in retirement that
they presently enjoy whilst working, but to achieve this requires considerable
forward planning. Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:
If you are in business, the first thing you need to consider is your exit
strategy. Will you withdraw from the business, leaving it for the next
generation or do you hope to sell the business? If you intend to hand
the business over, do you have a workable succession plan? If you intend
to sell, how will you value the business, find a suitable buyer etc? Are
you aware of all the tax implications of the timing of disposals? Are
you preparing the business to maximise sale proceeds?
Have you made adequate pension provision, and do you have the right type
of pension? Are you aware of all the pension possibilities open to business
owners and directors? Are you making full use of your allowances?
Savings and investments
Do you have the right balance between savings and investments, and between
high and low risk exposure?
Life assurance and long-term care
Do you have adequate life assurance, and have you made provision for long
term care and medical insurance for you and your spouse in later years?
We can help you answer all of these questions and recommend solutions
tailored to your specific needs.
Few of us like to think about dying, but equally few of us could live
with the thought that we have not made adequate provision for family and
friends who survive us. The legislation that governs passing on your estate
to your chosen beneficiaries requires you to plan well in advance. Since
none of us knows when we shall die, this means making the necessary provisions
now. The earlier you make the arrangements, the greater your chance of
taking full advantage of the tax opportunities available and thereby maximising
the amount that goes to your beneficiaries. Nothing is more demoralising
than the thought that a substantial slice of the wealth you have worked
hard to accumulate will end up in the Government's coffers!
It is equally important when planning to transfer your estate that you make
adequate provision for yourself and your spouse in your later years. Striking
this balance calls for considerable skill and foresight - and a detailed
knowledge of the tax regime.
We provide a discreet estate planning service that includes:
- Help with drawing up and reviewing your will
- Making full use of exemptions and lower tax rates on lifetime transfers
- Optimising lifetime transfers between spouses
- Transferring agricultural or business property
- Transferring assets into trusts
- Arranging adequate life assurance to cover potential inheritance tax
We strongly advise you to begin your estate planning by contacting us
for a preliminary review.
Personal Tax Planning
With the tax regime becoming more complex and more emphasis being put
on taxpayers' individual responsibilities, everyone who is subject to
taxation needs professional advice and support if they are to optimise
their tax position and ensure they meet all the compliance requirements.
We are the tax specialists. We can provide you with year round tax advice
- Income tax
- Capital Gains Tax
- Inheritance tax
- Trusts and estates
- Non-domiciliary tax issues
Every pound of income tax you save means more income at your disposal, every
well planned disposal of assets means minimal loss of capital gains, and
every inheritance tax saving means more benefit for your beneficiaries.
Make sure you take full advantage of the tax saving opportunities open to
you - call us today for a personal tax planning review.