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Stuart Barbour promoted to Associate in Warrener Stewart

26 May 2020 •

Since joining Warrener Stewart ten years ago, Stuart Barbour has developed a strong corporate tax team to help and advise many of the company’s largest corporate clients. He has also been instrumental in opening Warrener Stewart’s Edinburgh office and driving business growth north of the border.

In recognition of his contribution the Directors are pleased to announce that they have promoted Stuart to Associate in the Firm.

"Stuart is a vital part of our team," remarked Colin Edney, joint managing director. "Throughout his time at Warrener Stewart he has always gone the extra mile, ensuring our clients get the right tax advice at the right time for their business needs. He is also highly regarded for his attention to detail and willingness to support clients at every stage of their business cycle. We are all delighted to congratulate Stuart on achieving this next step in his career with us."

Stuart will continue to grow the Edinburgh team while focussing on his portfolio of clients, helping them with their tax needs whether it be advice on how to improve their business or reviewing their financial accounts for compliance.

Commenting on his promotion Stuart said: “I have really enjoyed working with the wide variety of clients at Warrener Stewart. It is always satisfying working alongside business owners and managers, providing the advice and recommendations required for the business to thrive.”

Embarking on the next step with Warrener Stewart

02 April 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Warrener Stewart, like many private practices, offers trainee Chartered Accountant positions for graduates. 

Camilla Bole is their most recent trainee accountant who, already part way through her qualification, has joined the audit and accounts team.  Having graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a degree in Chemistry, Camilla decided to embark upon an accountancy career. Having stated her training with a mid-tier firm in London’s West End, Camilla joined Warrener Stewart’s Fulham based accountancy practice where she intends to complete her training.

“My chemistry degree taught me many transferrable skills which I use each day as a trainee accountant,” notes Camilla. “As a someone who loves order and talking to people becoming an accountant is a perfect fit for my skills. I am enjoying the responsibility of working directly with Warrener Stewart’s many clients helping to prepare their accounts and learning to conduct audits.”

US economic stimulus payments for those affected by COVID-19

02 April 2020 • US Tax returns

We would like to advise all our US tax clients that the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced the distribution of economic stimulus payments. US tax payers may be eligible for the following one off payments: 

  • Up to $1200 for individuals 
  • Up to $2400 married couples 
  • Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child

No action is required for most people who have already filed their 2018 or 2019 tax returns and meet the qualifying criteria.

In order to qualify for this stimulus payment, single tax payers need to earn less than $75,000 per year and married couples filing jointly need to earn less than $150,000. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. 

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

If you have not filed either year then you need to bring you US tax affairs up to date as soon as possible and we are happy to help in the process.

The IRS has not yet established an application procedure for these payments, however further information and updates can be found at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Whether you are working from home, self-isolating or going about your usual routine and would like to have a further discussion, please contact us at info@warrenerstewart.com or through our website at https://www.warrenerstewart.com/contact. One of our US tax team will contact you promptly.

Warrener Stewart expands north of the border

01 April 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

After ten years of London life, Scottish born tax specialist Stuart Barbour yearned for the open spaces and rugged mountains of his homeland. Rather than leave Warrener Stewart the answer was to open a new office run by Stuart in Edinburgh.

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L-R Jonny Henry & Stuart Barbour

As a corporate tax specialist Stuart has been supporting Warrener Stewart’s larger clients for the past five years working alongside Colin Edney and other corporate partners. Much of his work revolves around reviewing tax efficiencies within companies, assessing their structure or methods of trading. Since much of this is office-based Colin and the other partners were happy for Stuart to relocate to Scotland.

“Stuart is such an important asset to the business that we didn’t want to lose him,” declares Colin. The new office is on George Street, which as Stuart notes, is a quieter part of the busy Edinburgh city centre.

Stuart has now been joined by fellow Tax Advisor Jonny Henry, pictured above on the left, who started work in the new office this month.

“It’s been great to come back home” says Stuart. “I’m currently still focused on corporate tax, but the hope is that with Jonny joining me and with room for one more in the Edinburgh office we can move to a full tax and general offering in the near future.”

Covid-19 update from Warrener Stewart

23 March 2020 •

We wanted update you with our response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Firstly, we would like to reassure you that we remain open and are following government advice.

Our staff are moving to a ‘Work from Home’ strategy so that can continue to provide our comprehensive range of services in these unprecedented times. Thankfully with the use of technology we shall be able to continue our high standard of service.

Although we cannot provide face-to-face contact at this time, we are close at hand for all our clients. Please continue to liaise with your client handler via email, phone or video link.

Our switchboard will remain open unless working restrictions are tightened and we promise also to respond to all emails in a timely manner.

Our tax team is closely monitoring the various government measures being brought in to help businesses and will update you with any new developments and most importantly with the various ways in which you can access support once details are published.

Our priority is to continue to be available and supportive as this exceptional situation develops.

Relief for US Taxpayers

19 March 2020 • US Tax returns

We at Warrener Stewart understand that this may be a difficult and worrying time for some, but please rest assured that it is still business as usual for us. Even in the current circumstances, tax deadlines exist and we are here to help you meet them.

US tax payments

We have been advised that the US Department of Treasury has released a statement in regards to tax payments given the recent state of affairs offering relief from tax deadlines, as this relevant excerpt outlines:

“Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.”

You can read the full notice here: irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-17.pdf

If you have any questions about this relief please do not hesitate to contact a member of our US Tax team on 02077316163.

Whilst April 15, 2020 may have extended, there are several other deadlines due over the coming months so we would urge US tax payers to send us their information as soon as possible to ensure we can complete their returns in a timely manner.

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