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Just too good to be true….

12 February 2015 •

Fulham based Warrener Stewart’s two runners in the Craven Cottage 10K in aid of Prostate Cancer on Sunday 8 February, Nick Morgan and Francis Kershaw, both completed the course in under an hour. 

Despite training with fellow colleague Ryan O’Conner, he sadly missed the race due to technical difficulties, so the Warrener Stewart Chartered Accountant's team was bolstered by Nick’s son and one of his son’s friends. Not to be out done by his father, son Rick Morgan and his friend James Roach, raced around the Fulham road course to beat his father back to the pitchside in just 45 minutes.

Slightly breathlessly, Nick commented; “It was a very cold start but once Francis and I got into our stride it turned into a fine morning run along the Thames Tow Path."

When asked about his son’s victory, Nick’s response was; “I’m definitely getting too old for all this stuff!”

(pictured above, l-r: Nick Morgan, Rick Morgan, James Roach & Francis Kershaw)

On the run - Fulham based accountants Warrener Stewart are ready set go for the Fulham 10K

28 January 2015 •

Proving that he is ‘ready to run’ just as much as the new recruits who've recently joined Warrener Stewart, director Nick Morgan puts on his running shoes for the Fulham 10K run. 

Despite the fact the Fulham based Chartered Accountants, Warrener Stewart has seen their busiest January completing tax returns in advance of the deadline on January 31, Nick has found time to lead the training for the next charity run. He is being joined by two of the newest recruits to Warrener Stewart, tax specialist Francis Kershaw and trainee tax technician, Ryan O’Connor.

“Fitting in training around work has been hard,” admitted Nick, “at times it’s been more of a brisk walk in between client meetings, which is about as fast as I run these days anyhow! I've every confidence we’ll be ready for the race on which is on Sunday 8 February.”

The run is the Craven Cottage 10k “Winter Warmer” in aid of Prostate Cancer, organised by the Fulham Football Club Foundation. It starts at Craven Cottage and follows the Thames tow path inland, then over Hammersmith Bridge, down to Putney Bridge and back to Fulham FC. Nick adds, “The course never rises much above sea level, which suits us very nicely!”

How did it get so late so soon - deadline for self assessment tax returns looms

08 January 2015 •

With the self assessment tax filing deadline fast approaching on 31st January, Damian Talbot, head of taxation at Fulham based chartered tax advisors Warrener Stewart, shares some of the more amusing excuses people gave HMRC for not submitting their annual self assessment tax return before the due date.

As Damian points out all of these excuses were unsuccessful and the taxpayers would have incurred late filing penalties – claiming ‘my wife won’t give me my mail’ holds no sway with HMRC! 

With just three weeks to go until the filing deadline enlisting the help of Warrener Stewart to help you with your tax return is quick and easy, simply call 020 7731 6163 and ask for a member of our Tax Team.  In this case ‘better late than never’ can be an expensive option!


Two of Warrener Stewart’s directors make a difference to terminally ill children in South London

05 January 2015 •

Weeks of grueling cycling training for Fulham based accountants Nick Morgan and Jon Last of Warrener Stewart has meant that terminally ill children can have respite at one of two hospices run by Shooting Star Chase.

Nick and Jon signed up to raise money for the charity by taking part in the annual Prudential RideLondon Bike race; together they raised £3,500.

“We were really delighted when Nick Morgan and Jon Last chose to support Shooting Star Chase, by joining our team in the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100,” commented Karen Peffer the Challenge Events Fundraiser for the charity. “They raised a fantastic £3,500.  This money will help us to provide essential care and support to families who have a baby, child or young person with a life-limiting condition.

The families we care for rely upon our support and this can be especially poignant at this time of year.  The money raised by Nick and Jon could cover the costs of two emergency stays at one of our hospices, in Hampton or Guildford.  These visits offer a lifeline to the families, often at a time when they are emotionally and physically exhausted.”

A new gain in the tax department at Warrener Stewart

19 December 2014 •

Merger with Tax specialist Whins Associates

The tax team at Warrener Stewart has enjoyed one of its busiest years of tax planning for corporate and private clients based in south west London. 

In order to strengthen its capacity in this area Warrener Stewart has acquired Whins Associates, a tax-specialist London accountancy practice established in 2011 by Francis Kershaw, based in Chelsea. 

“Efficient tax planning is all about building an ongoing relationship between your Chartered Tax Advisor and you the client,” notes Damian Talbot, director of tax at Warrener Stewart. “We have been busier than ever advising many owner managed businesses this year, which is why we are delighted that as a result of the merger, Francis has joined the team as a senior tax advisor.”

In the nine years since graduating from Warwick University with a degree in economics Francis has immersed himself in the world of taxation. He has worked for two of the Big Four accountancy firms, initially spending five years with PwC where he completed his training, before moving to KPMG. 

In 2012 Francis made the brave decision to leave the security of the corporate world to start his own accountancy business as he wanted to work with owner-managed clients taking a more hands on approach to advising them. For the past two years he has concentrated on building a profitable business working with several clients who will move with him to Warrener Stewart.

“Francis has the perfect background and thorough understanding of corporate and private tax that our clients need,” comments Damian. “He has a very forward looking approach and moreover appreciates first-hand the challenges owner managed businesses face. He will be helping a range of corporate and private clients maximise their value through efficient tax planning, while continuing to look after his original client base.”

Review of the 2014 Autumn Statement

04 December 2014 •

In his 2014 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced a number of significant changes. Here is our initial reaction to these changes, as well as an overview of some of the key points that could affect you and your business.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This was one of the key changes announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the changes are anticipated to deliver savings for up to 98% of the house purchasing public. Rather than a stepped method of calculating Stamp Duty Land Tax on acquisitions of residential property, from 4th December 2014, this will change as follows:

Property Value (£) Tax rate charged on part of property price within each tax band (%)
0 – 125,000 0
125,001 – 250,000 2
250,001 – 925,000 5
925,001 – 1,500,000 10
1,500,001+ 12

Broadly, the new calculation mechanism means a lower SDLT charge on values up to £937,500, but a higher charge for property purchase above this value.

Entrepreneur’s Relief Changes

Changes have been announced to the availability of Entrepreneur’s Relief on the incorporation of sole trader and partnership businesses into Limited companies.  From the 3rd December 2014 Entrepreneur’s Relief will no longer be available on the transfer of good will between these connected parties and no corporation tax deduction is available within the company for the amortisation of this acquired goodwill for the company.

ISA Transfers

The Chancellor announced that he will now allow for ISAs to be transferred to surviving spouses on death of an individual and retain the tax benefits of the ISA “wrapper”.

Pension Transfers

As previously announced the onerous 55% tax charge payable by pension schemes on transfer at death has been abolished. Now surviving family members can receive these pension funds free of tax.

Remittance Basis charge

A new rate for UK resident/non-domiciled individuals utilising the remittance basis has been announced. Individuals who have been a UK resident for more than 17 of the last 20 years will now incur a £90,000 remittance basis charge if they wish to utilise the remittance basis.

In addition, the £50,000 remittance basis charge which is incurred by UK resident/ non-domiciles who have been resident in the UK for more than 12 years has been increased to £60,000.

If you would like to talk to one of our tax team and explore what this Autumn Statement could mean for you and your business, please call 020 7731 6163

No responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of the material in this email can be accepted by us.

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