News and Blog

They’re hired! Starters join Pierce

Leading Lancashire-based chartered accountancy and business advisory group, Pierce has added three new members of staff to its team. Janet Moorhouse, Waqas UrRehman and Adam Zinga join the firm as payroll administrator, semi-senior accountant and accounts assistant respectively. Thanks to … Continue reading

Changes to company car benefits – are you ready?

From April 6, 2018 there will be a change to the way company car benefits are payrolled, improving the process for both the employee and employer. From the new tax year, if you choose to payroll company cars, the car … Continue reading

Seven clients made finalists for Red Rose Awards

Pierce is celebrating after Seven of their clients have been shortlisted for the upcoming Red Rose Awards. The finalists for the awards, run by Lancashire Business View, include: Supalite Tiled Roof Systems – Construction Business Award Albert Harrison & Co … Continue reading

Businesses urged to review Christmas party tax plans

As the decorations go up and the opening of advent calendar doors begins, Pierce Chartered Accountants suggests that Lancashire businesses should review their Christmas party plans to avoid tax hangovers! Party time Employees are exempt from tax on the cost … Continue reading

Autumn Budget 2017

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget announcement and our successful Budget Breakfast event, we are pleased to provide the presentation slides from the event and our usual detailed Budget analysis. Presentation slides Budget Analysis Detailed Report

Kelly Cosgrove

Remaining compliant following the 4th Money Laundering Directive

Since the fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) came into force in June 2017, there has been some knock-on effects on the filing requirements for Limited Companies and LLPs. You may remember that back in June 2016, the Annual Return was … Continue reading

Solicitors could face hefty VAT bill for electronic property search fees

Solicitors are being warned they could face hefty VAT bills for electronic property searches after a landmark ruling deemed they should not be treated as a disbursement. The caution comes following the case of Brabners LLP Vs HM Revenues & … Continue reading

Started a new business? These tips will help you understand your auto-enrolment pension obligations and avoid a £50k fine

The new auto-enrolment pension obligations for UK companies now apply to start-up businesses from day one. If you’re setting up a new business and want to ensure compliance, here are eight things you need to know. Employers have a duty … Continue reading

Travel Grants available for Lancashire Companies

Lancashire companies can access an export grant of £1500 from the Chamber to help with costs associated with travelling to overseas markets and exhibiting internationally. Criteria: Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Less 250 employees Less than €50m turnover Support: Examples … Continue reading

Holiday pay ruling places Lancashire firms at risk of legal action

Following a landmark legal ruling, Pierce is warning employers that they must be prepared for changes to holiday pay calculations, which must now reflect voluntary overtime worked during the rest of the year. The warning follows an employment appeal tribunal … Continue reading