WSM Blog

London: Bubble or Burst

House price figures have been released for 2013, and show a whopping 8.4% increase across the UK, the biggest annual increase in property price since July 2010. The average house price has reached £175,826, with the majority of the increase being in London. 

Business Clients, Private Clients, Property

Always Use Protection – Deposit Protection Service schemes

This isn't quite accounting or tax related but if you are a landlord or tenant and party to an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, this should be useful.

Property

Auto-enrolment

The Government has been concerned for a long time that many people are not saving enough for their retirement, and so it is looking to employers to make changes to ensure this does not continue. It is estimated that around seven million people are not saving enough (or at all) for their retirement.

Business Clients, Private Clients, Property

New ‘Let Property Campaign’

Over the past few years HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have introduced several campaigns targeting different risk areas and trades, in an attempt to help and encourage those involved, to come forward and bring their tax affairs up to date. The campaigns have covered a whole range of risk areas and trades, such as, plumbers, electricians, VAT compliance, property sales and the offshore disclosure facility. 

Business Clients, Private Clients, Property

Pub Quiz Manna – Why does the tax year start on the 6th April?

It's that time of year already. Christmas yule logs are on sale in supermarkets, the clocks have gone back and nights are most certainly getting colder. Tonight we will hear the sounds of children taking to the streets to scoff the neighbours' candy, and all of these signs can only mean one thing. It's time to start thinking about your tax return.

Private Clients

It’s fun to stay at the (new) YMCA

Wimbledon YMCA launched its ambitious development plans over the weekend, outlining its vision to create a new, high-quality building complex designed by Rogers Stirk on its existing Wimbledon Broadway site. 

Business Clients, Private Clients, Property

The trials and tribulations of a first-time buyer…

I’ve recently started looking at buying my first home; my job is going well, rent is extortionate, and I'm fed up of magnolia paint, moving every 12 months, and being terrified to take a throw off of the landlord’s ill-thought-out cream sofa for fear my boyfriend will coat it in food and we have to say goodbye to our damage deposit.

Business Clients, Private Clients, Property

Flying for profit – does customer service really count?

When one thinks of Ryanair, attention to customer service and a pleasant flight experience are not the first things that come to mind.  Instead, we are more likely to hear stories such as the one that broke last week of a Ryanair customer charged 188 Euros to change his flight after his family had died in a fire.  

Business Clients, Private Clients

The arguments for abolishing Corporation Tax

How does corporation tax affect the financial health of enterprises and their relationship with the economy as a whole?

Business Clients

Ashes to Economy?

England has retained the Ashes this summer but is it just cricket that will be depressing the Australians over the next few weeks? 

Business Clients