Launching our new course on the HMRC SEIS / EIS advance assurance

Delighted to have launched our new online step by step guide to preparing and filing an Advance Assurance Application to HMRC that your company qualifies under SEIS and / or EIS! Really brought about by popular demand and to fill a gap where some companies simply don’t have the budget to take on a professional … Read moreLaunching our new course on the HMRC SEIS / EIS advance assurance

R&D Tax Credits – A new podcast for Founders of Clever Companies!

Audio transcript:
Hi, my name’s Steve Livingston, and welcome to this podcast on R&D Tax Credits. Something a bit different in terms of how we can really share the information and help more companies access this very generous UK government tax relief.

First and foremost to introduce myself, my name is Steve Livingston, I’m the founder of a tax advisory firm called IP Tax Solutions. I’m a chartered accountant, and I’ve been advising companies for fast approaching 15 to 20 years, so fairly experienced in this area, and especially how we do tax reliefs. I have been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 2000.

So, I’ve worked with a lot of companies across a diverse range of sectors, and I think that’s one important thing to note from outset here, this research and development tax relief applies to pretty much any company in any sector. And so you may well find that you’re a founder or a director of a company, and you may have heard of this relief, but you may not be quite sure how it could apply to you.

This podcast aims to run through a series of questions about how it really works in practice; how it may apply to you and really answer frequently asked questions. That’s the format we’re going to take here so you can maybe pick and choose which ones you want to listen to. You can listen to them all if you like. Fill your boots! But you don’t have to do that at all, it’s really a case of giving you an awareness, and I should say in terms of legal blurb this isn’t professional advice, this really is just a case of education, and hopefully some entertainment on the way, as you can learn more about how this tax relief could benefit you.

So, without further ado let’s jump into the episodes. We’re going to try and cover a question in each podcast episode. We’ll aim to be quite short and snappy, so that you don’t have to get too bogged down in detail. But if you’ve got any questions you can of course shoot them over to me. You can find me at iptaxsolutions.co.uk. I also have a site at businessn2K.com. Or you can find me over an email, which you’ll find via those websites.

Again, let’s dive in. As I say, my name’s Steve Livingston. The people who are going to benefit from this podcast are really founders, directors of primarily SME companies, or they may be in charge of a large company, but hopefully find these of use. That’s all for now, speak to you soon.

7 R&D Tax Credit Tips

Don’t assume your company doesn’t qualify – even if your accountant has discounted it or perhaps not even mentioned it (in fact that might be all the more reason to check it out!) It doesn’t matter whether your company is profitable / tax paying in a financial period or loss-making – R&D tax relief can … Read more7 R&D Tax Credit Tips

SEIS / EIS: When it pays to be Ordinary!

I know it’s not cool to aim for being ‘ordinary’ and its not a label that you’ll want attached to your business but when it comes to your SEIS / EIS shares this is exactly the label you want – ordinary shares. SEIS / EIS shares must be ordinary non-redeemable shares and carry no preferential … Read moreSEIS / EIS: When it pays to be Ordinary!

Not just SEIS has trading timelimits – EIS does too!

The requirement for a company to have a ‘new qualifying trade’ (i.e. trading for less than two years) in order to qualify under SEIS is now fairly well trodden ground. Less well trodden is the new requirement for EIS qualifying companies to have commenced trading (had first commercial sale) within the past seven years (there … Read moreNot just SEIS has trading timelimits – EIS does too!

SEIS / EIS – A simple issue, yet often not easy…

It might be useful to revisit one crucial factor in planning for SEIS / EIS: The issue of new ordinary shares in exchange for a cash investment. Simple, right? Then day-to-day reality steps in…. The shares are issued before the cash has cleared – oops! The shares are issued way after the cash has cleared – … Read moreSEIS / EIS – A simple issue, yet often not easy…

Tax Matters: R&D tax credits; Patent Box plus SEIS / EIS course

Here’s a round up of some recent financial & tax news that might be of interest – you can find an audio download version of this post below: Calls for quarterly R&D tax relief for SMEs In an effort to boost SME cashflow, there are calls for the Government to make the UK R&D tax … Read moreTax Matters: R&D tax credits; Patent Box plus SEIS / EIS course