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Clear and hassle-free advice for pharmacists.

Shipleys have been using their specialist knowledge in the healthcare sector for over 10 years. We act for pharmacies of all sizes from small independents to larger groups, as well as GP linked pharmacies and locums.

The industry has seen a surge in growth in recent years, achieved against a back drop of challenges to maintaining and increasing profits. Independent Pharmacy owners need to be proactive in providing more of the advanced and enhanced services on top of the essential services with many pharmacies now providing additional enhanced services to help support and promote dispensing.

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Independent Pharmacies

We are here to help you maximise your income by letting you concentrate on your business. We provide the following compliance services at a fixed price:

• Monthly bookkeeping, VAT and payroll
• Annual accounts
• Corporation tax return
• Personal tax returns
• Unlimited Ad hoc telephone and email advice

As part of our service we will automatically look at and discuss the following areas when we do your accounts:

• GP margin and turnover comparisons to other similar clients
• NHS income v OTC income
• Staff/locum costs
• Net profit margin
• Drawing money out tax efficiently
• Other tax specialist planning advice

We have nationwide coverage and are happy to come and visit you.


Locum Pharmacists

As specialist locum accountants, Shipleys has become the preferred tax and accounts service provider for http://www.pharmacy-forum.co.uk members.
As well as doing your normal tax returns and accounts for the year, we will help with the following:

• If you have not done any planning then you probably are paying over the odds. Call us now to arrange a FREE TAX HEALTHCHECK.

• Sole trader v limited company – which is the best route for you? We will give you a tailored answer as part of our free tax healthcheck.

• Withdrawing money – what’s the best way of paying yourself? Again, if this isn’t done right you could end up being classed as being employed and not self employed under employment status rules and lose valuable tax reliefs

• How to minimise the risk of a tax enquiry using simple techniques.

• Expenses – are you claiming everything you are allowed to claim? We will give you a specially prepared list of expenses for locums.

• Buying a car – which is the best way, personally or through the company?

• Those in the property game – they can explain how you can pay significantly less income tax and capital gains tax on your property investments and dealings.

• Ad hoc telephone and email advice


Tax Planning for Pharmacies

Tax law never stands still and goal posts are always moving. It is crucial that you have the right adviser to guide you through the maze and help reduce your tax bill through legitimate and transparent means.

Shipleys Tax has a number of specialist tax advisers with wealth of experience in the pharmacy sector who can talk to you about the many tax saving opportunities.
We always say the best tax planning is done before a major event in the business so seek advice early in the lifecycle of a transaction. Some areas to consider:

• Buying or Selling a Pharmacy – huge tax saving opportunities both personal and corporation tax
• GP linked pharmacies – tax efficient trading structures
• Reduce inheritance tax on death
• Reduce stamp duty land tax on buying
• Offshore tax planning advice for certain businesses
• Provide property development strategies
• Use of EIS/SEIS and corporate venture vehicles
• Use of LLPs and corporate partnerships
• Asset protection and preservation of wealth
• Estate planning and succession

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CHANGES TO THE NHS PENSION ANNUAL ALLOWANCE

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In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor announced changes to the pensions annual allowance that are likely to have an effect on NHS Pension Scheme members.

Measures to restrict pensions tax relief will be introduced from 6 April 2016 with the introduction of a tapered reduction of the annual allowance for individuals with income over £150,000. The key points that you should be aware of include:

  • The provisions reduce the annual allowance by £1 for every £2 that an individual’s adjusted net income exceeds £150,000, up to a maximum reduction of £30,000, resulting in only £10,000 of pensions annual allowance at income levels of £210,000 or above.
  • Further restrictions can apply subject to timing of the drawing of multiple pension funds.
  • As the NHS Pension Schemes are defined benefit schemes, individuals have to take into account the increased value of their pension over a period of time and not the superannuation paid into the NHS Pension Scheme. Doctors with relatively modest earnings may be caught under the new regime as the levels of income attributed to the calculations include amounts after employee pension contributions, the growth in the pension scheme, and all other income including investment income.
  • Doctors in both the 1995/2008 Scheme and the new 2015 Scheme will have even further complexities to their calculation than previously and it is important the pensions annual allowance position continues to be reviewed on an annual basis.
  • The use of estimated figures may be needed in order to ensure that individuals are made aware of any impending tax liabilities.

Threshold income – this is all earned and unearned income on which income tax is charged. It is at this point that relief for employees’ contributions is given. If the threshold income is more than £110,000 (ie £150,000 less the maximum annual allowance of £40,000), a second calculation will be required, adjusted income.

Adjusted income – this is threshold income plus adjustments for occupational personal pensions and includes the actual pension input amount for the year less any member contributions paid in the tax year.

 The inclusion of a pension charge in the tax liability also 125,000 increases the taxpayer’s payments on account in the following tax year, although there is an option to request that the pension scheme pays the tax, subject to certain limits, conditions and deadline dates for the elections needed, (31 July 125,000 following the tax return deadline submission date).

This change in legislation will have a impact on large numbers of NHS Pension Scheme members. As a result, income tax planning is more important than ever. Consideration of the effects of your personal circumstances is necessary to ensure you plan accordingly.

BREXIT – What next?

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Key tax issues for businesses to consider

The decision has been made. The aftermath has created panic and hysteria both politically and economically. The fall-out from Brexit will take some time to play itself out, however, what should businesses consider in these spectacularly uncertain times?

Short term, the vote for Brexit will have little immediate impact beyond increased volatility in the currency and stock markets given that an emergency Budget has been ruled out. The new PM Theresa May may well look to bolster the UK’s attraction as a business location as one of her first duties.

Longer term, the effects on some sectors will be more fundamental and unlikely to make it easier to do business within the EU. Clearly this will depend on the terms the UK can agree for Brexit, something which may not become clear for some time possibly years. There may also be significant impacts on businesses with little direct EU trade.

In the meantime, uncertainty over the UK’s relationship with the EU will continue for months or years creating a drag on the economy as businesses and consumers take a wait and see approach to investments and major purchases.

As with all major economic shocks, businesses that remain engaged and adaptable will be best placed to trade profitably and make the most of the opportunities that they offer.

Some key issues to consider:

  • VAT – sales of goods to and from the UK become imports and exports (no acquisitions), which would need to clear customs and incur import charges triggering a cash flow disadvantage (the delay between paying customs charges and entitlement to recover the input VAT). This can be mitigated by using deferment and customs warehousing arrangements.
  • Customs Duty – on Brexit the UK will no longer be part of the EU’s Customs Union. As a result, EU customs duties could apply to imports from the UK, making it less attractive for EU companies and consumers to source goods from UK companies. Similarly, the UK Government may extend the current UK customs duty tariff to imports from the EU, adding costs for UK companies reliant on raw material and finished goods from EU suppliers.
  • Repatriating profits and withholding taxes – withholding taxes on dividends from EU subsidiaries or payments of interest or royalties to or from companies located in the EU will be problematic. Currently, EU legislation allows subsidiary companies to pay dividends up to a UK parent company without the need to account for withholding tax. Similarly, companies often rely on the interest and royalties directive to make interest or royalty payments free from either UK or local withholding taxes. If the benefit of this legislation is withdrawn, companies would be relying on existing double taxation agreements in order to reduce or eliminate withholding tax rates.

While the majority small UK business will be directly unaffected, these are some of the changes certain businesses need to consider in order to find a path of least resistance in this volatile climate.

Should you require further information regarding the above, please contact us on +44 (0)114 275 62 92 or info@shipleystax.com.

HMRC backtracks on APN’s

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HMRC has backtracked on hundreds of Accelerated Payment Notices (APN) after admitting defeat following an application for Judicial Review. This affects the notices it  has issued to hundreds of taxpayers as a result of a Judicial Review lodged on their behalf.   This is not the first time that HMRC has undertaken a withdrawal of APNs that they had previously issued.

APNs were challenged on a number of grounds including the argument that the Employee Benefit Trust arrangements under consideration were not ‘notifiable’ to HMRC, under the DOTAS regime.  HMRC has now admitted that it did not have the right to issue the APNs in relation to these arrangements.

Shipleys Tax Planning partner, Shabeer Yousuf CTA, says “this case demonstrates, that a taxpayer in receipt of an APN should not automatically assume that HMRC has followed the correct processes and exercised its powers lawfully, the taxpayer should seek specialist advice.”

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