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All farmers and potential claimants have been invited to register for the new online Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). Farmers are being urged to register now to avoid last minute panics and setbacks that could jeopardise a BPS claim.


Some glimmers of positivity are being shown around the globe causing commentators to speculate on the signs of a possible recovery. Although the evidence is only very marginal at this stage, and comes amidst yet more announcements of price reductions, dairy farmers are glad of any good news in the current, uninspiring market.



We are pleased to welcome Debbie Cole to our team.

Debbie is joining us in the role of Payroll Services Manager for the firm. Debbie will head the payroll team throughout our offices and manage our payroll service to our clients. She brings a wealth of experience which will help us to continue to be recognised as a leading provider of payroll services to businesses.


1 March 2015
●     Payment of corporation tax liabilities for SMEs with accounting periods ended 31 May 2014, where payment not made by instalments.
●     Review HMRC car mileage fuel rates.


The new Unlocking Business Investment grant, run by Plymouth University on behalf of North Devon +, is now open for applications. The programme is funded by the Regional Growth Fund and has been developed for businesses across the Devon and Somerset, to unlock opportunities that will deliver private sector investment, growth and jobs.


As the dairy crisis deepens and shows little sign of abating, some help may be at hand to assist in handling daily cash flow requirements and tax payment arrangements.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has given his support to assistance with delaying tax payments due 31st January 2015 by contacting the HMRC Business Support Payment Service to discuss the cash flow problem. Staff have been briefed of the issues facing dairy farmers and should be able to provide a sensible payment plan for affected farmers.


One of our trainee accountants has once again been recognised as one of the best in the South West, after coming first in his accountancy exams.
25-year-old, Mark Johnstone, who works at our Exeter office, came first and joint first in two of the most difficult exams trainees face during their training. His success comes on the back of being recognised as one best trainees in the World last year.
All trainee accountants have to pass the Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) which then grants access to the professional accountancy body the ICAEW.  They have to pass a series of 12 initial exams, then three advanced exams covering case study, business reporting and business change. Mark came joint first in case study and first in business change.
Mark, who has worked for the firm for the past three-and-a-half years, said: “It was a nice surprise after the Christmas holidays to find out I had come top in the exams and a great start to the New Year.
“I have to say a big thank you to Thomas Westcott for all their support during my training. It was hard work and there was a lot to learn but I had excellent tuition and am delighted to have passed all my exams.”
Mark, who is one of 21 trainees at the firm, has now completed all the exams required to become a fully qualified chartered accountant and is just waiting for the paperwork to come through and his registration.
Richard Thomas, Chairman said: “We are all very proud of Mark’s outstanding performance in his accountancy exams.
“His success is a testament to his ability and to the diligent and dedicated way that he has approached his studies.”


1 February
• £100 penalty and extended enquiry window if 2014 self-assessment tax returns not filed on or by 31 January 2015.
• Payment of corporation tax liabilities for accounting periods ended 30 April 2014 for small/medium-sized companies not liable to pay by instalments.
• Changes to the VAT treatment of supplies of fuel for private use.

2 February
• P46(Car) for quarter ended 5 January 2015.

7 February 2015
• Due date for VAT returns and payment for 31 December 2014 quarter (electronic payment).

14 February
• Quarterly corporation tax instalment for large companies (depending on accounting year end).
• Monthly EC sales list if paper return used.
• Application to defer Class 1 National Insurance contributions (leaflet CA72A) for 2014/15, subject to approval of deferred employer(s).

19 February
• Pay PAYE, National Insurance, construction industry scheme and student loan Iiabilities for month ended 5 February 2015 if not paying electronically.
• File monthly construction industry scheme return.

21 February
• File online monthly EC sales list.
• Submit supplementary Intrastat declarations for January 2015.

22 February
• PAYE, National Insurance, construction industry scheme and student loan liabilities should have cleared HMRC’s bank account.

28 February
• Payment of 2013/14 self-assessment liabilities after this date will be subject to a 5% surcharge. (This deadline may be deferred if liability notified by 5 October 2014.)
• Companies House should have received accounts of private companies with 31 May 2014 year end.
• Companies House should have received accounts of public limited companies with 31 August 2014 year end.
• HMRC should have received corporation tax self-assessment returns for companies with accounting periods ended 28 February 2014.

Thomas Westcott is delighted to welcome Jon Mitchell who will be head of our new Business Recovery & Insolvency department. Although Jon will be based in our Exeter office he will be working with all our offices across Devon.

He said: “I look forward to heading up the Business Recovery & Insolvency department within Thomas Westcott and working with my established colleagues to provide a rounded service to clients and contacts.

As a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner, I am experienced in working with a variety of businesses and individuals throughout the South West and beyond.

Thomas Westcott Business Recovery can offer tailored solutions should you or your business be facing financial distress. We will always look to avoid any formal insolvency procedures in the first instance, but where this is not possible, we will talk you through your options in plain English. These can include Company Voluntary Arrangements, Creditors Voluntary Liquidations, Compulsory Liquidations, Administrations (and ‘pre-packs’), Individual Voluntary Arrangements, Bankruptcy and Informal Debt advice options.

We can also offer competitively priced Members Voluntary Liquidations as a tax efficient way of winding up your solvent business.

Taking early advice is always important and we offer a free initial meeting to discuss your specific case. For any further information on the above or if you would like to speak to me about any issues, please contact me on 01392 288555”

Jon Mitchell

1 January
• Payment of corporation tax liabilities for accounting periods ended 31 March 2014 for small and medium-sized companies not liable to pay by instalments.

7 January
• Due date for VAT returns and payment for 30 November 2014 quarter (electronic payment).

14 January
• Forms CT61 to be submitted and tax paid for the quarter ended 31 December 2014.
• Quarterly corporation tax instalment for large companies depending on accounting year end.

19 January
• Pay PAYE, NIC, CIS and student loan liabilities for month ended 5 January 2015 if not paying electronically.
• File monthly construction industry scheme return.
• Payment of PAYE liability for quarter ended 5 January 2015 if average monthly liability is less than £1,500.

21 January
• Submit supplementary Intrastat declarations for December 2014.

22 January
• PAYE, NIC, CIS and student loan liabilities should have cleared into HMRC bank account.

31 January
• Electronic filing date for 2013/14 personal, partnership and trust self-assessment (SA) tax returns.
• Deadline for various claims.
• Balance of 2013/14 SA liabilities is due.
• Payment of first instalment of 2014/15 SA liabilities.
• 2012/13 SA tax returns to be amended by this date.
• Vulnerable person election by trustees where the effective date is during 2012/13 (form VPE1).
• Election under TCGA 1992, s 169Q to disapply TCGA 1992, s 127 for reorganisations in 2012/13.
• Election to opt out of pre-owned assets charge if this would first arise during 2013/14 (form IHT500).
• Repayment claim for 2013/14 class 2 NICs if a small earnings election was possible.
• Supplementary 2013/14 forms P35 to be filed and Liabilities paid if corrections required under IR35 rules.
• Provision of final 2014/15 tax credit claims (assuming that estimates had been provided by 31 July 2014).
• Reinstatement of 2014/15 tax credit claim if “good cause” is shown for missing the 31 July 2014 deadline.