Around the World in 80 Taxes

Taxes in this world differ a lot. That’s why Google and Facebook base their European operations in Dublin, why Russian Oligarchs form shell companies in the Cayman Islands, and why the extent and quality of public services vary between countries. Looking at total tax revenues per GDP (otherwise known as tax burden), OECD countries have… Read more »

7 Weird & Wonderful Tax Facts

I was going to start this blog with a quip about how tax isn’t a popular topic, but a quick search on Google Trends shows that it ranks as highly as ‘holidays’, and above ‘shoes’, ‘music’ and ‘tennis’ for search interest! So tax is actually quite a popular topic. Well, since everyone’s clearly so interested… Read more »

Top 10 Songs About… Money

It’s funny, musical artistry and financial advice do not often occupy the same space. Whether it’s rock stars splashing out in hotels, rappers’ buying eye-wateringly expensive gold chains, or pop starlets appearing at awards shows in seriously pricy dresses, the music world is known for its opulent glamour. Accountants… we’re more known for telling people… Read more »

We helped save a pub!

At Hamilton Blake we’re not only about manufacturing, wind energy and architects’ practices. After a hard Friday’s accounting, there’s nothing better than a pint at the local, and we are proud to have played our part in saving the Hare & Hounds pub from closure. Located in Harlton, south Cambridgeshire, the Hare & Hounds faced… Read more »

The HB view on the Spring Statement

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement was delivered yesterday against a backdrop of rising inflation and fuel costs. This was always going to be a tough one for Rishi Sunak, who last year had the (now seemingly less) tough task of delivering a budget a year in to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our clients are always keen to… Read more »

A Day In The Life Of… Conor Murray

On the face of it, accounting can seem like a lot of spreadsheets and jargon – from an outsider’s perspective anyway. At Hamilton Blake we strive to be as approachable as possible for our clients, and as part of this, we’ve launched a series of blogs that chart the workdays of our team members. First… Read more »

The EBC Story So Far

At Hamilton Blake we look after clients in a wide range of verticals, especially those in manufacturing, architecture, and engineering. One of these is Energy Business Catalyst (EBC), an engineering consultancy, set up in 2015 by long-time engineering manager Patrick Phelan. As we’ve been proud partners of this growing business from the start, we thought… Read more »

The Office, Nearly 2 Years On

Pre-2020, I would have used the word hybrid to describe my bike, not my working week. Like anyone else in a full-time desk job, I would troop to the office five days a week, be this via bike, tube, or car, depending on which stage of my life we’re talking. Work from home arrangements were… Read more »

Inheritance: Fail to plan and your planning to fail

Inheritance tax planning is often postponed or neglected in today’s society. In reality it is one of the more important processes as it helps to ensure that a persons loved ones receive the highest possible amount of an estate rather than the taxman. With inheritance tax currently sitting at 40% an estate with little to… Read more »

Liquidation Changes

Members Voluntary Liquidations As of April HMRC have changed the rules regarding MVL’s in an attempt to stop ‘Phoenixing’ and ‘Moneyboxing’. The end result is that leaving large cash reserves in a business in the hope of extraction at a low tax rate has suddenly become not such a sure thing. Prior to April if… Read more »