Member Since: 15th Nov 2010
After failing at and early age to make a living by playing guitar, I started a career helping clients to save money and become more efficient. In 2009 I set up Curtis Plumstone Associates to concentrate on undertaking Capital Allowances Claims on Commercial Property. My business partner is a Deloittes trained expert in this field and my job is to keep him as fully employed as possible on projects large and small.
Director - Capital Allowances Claims Curtis Plumstone Associates
5th Oct 2020
Obviously they were looking to feather their nest.
5th Oct 2020
Not forgetting that if the property qualifies as an FHL the owners should be looking to claim for any "embedded fixtures" in the property to offset against any tax liability. Where the property was previously purely residential their entitlement to claim is relatively straight forward.
19th Jun 2019
I think the problem for Boris is he doesn't have a credible plan for Brexit. He is promising Unicorns again. I'm note sure our European friends will fall for his bumbling happy go lucky persona. As for Theresa May I don't think we will ever know if she would have made a good PM. She was judged on one issue and was the only one standing up to be counted. Once Boris wins he will have to sort out Brexit and I for one thing it will do for him like it did TM. Time will tell.
11th Dec 2017
All sounds like a case of the "Emperors New Clothes" to me. I don't understand where the value is generated so to paraphrase Dragons Den "for that reason I wont be investing".
23rd Nov 2016
So he wasn't deliberately trying to para "diddle" the HMRC then?
15th Jun 2016
i agree with Francois on this one. Use it as an opportunity to create some bonding amongst your staff. These tournaments only come round every two years and help to create a bit of balance between work and other areas of life. I think the analogy with a test match is pushing it as these can last five days and come around every few months. Possibly you might have to come up with a policy for the Rugby World Cup though.
3rd Jun 2015
I like the website Alex997 . Very good design in my opinion.
1st Jun 2015
Has proved invaluable.
Although we are not strictly accountants but capital allowances claims specialists I would like to advocate blogging as a way of driving traffic to your website.
There are tools which can help you establish what prospective clients are searching for on search engines such as Google. This can give you very good ideas on what to write about to give people the information they are searching to receive. If you use a website platform such as Wordpress it is easy to then ensure these blogs are ranked highly by Google.
I know I have been shot down in flames before for criticising the general poor quality of many accountants websites. However I still maintain that opinion, although I do appreciate that accountants maybe looking to achieve different things with their websites.
24th Sep 2014
Hey Tom 7000, if you owned 10% of that then you would have lost over £1bn in your share investment over the last year... I reckon you would be spitting tacks, not shrugging gallic shoulders!
If he owned 10% he'd employ someone to spit tacks for him and be the proud owner of the Auto 2000 Gallic Shoulder Shrugger Deluxe.
14th Apr 2014
Has it ever been challenged?
On CAs and artwork, HMRC takes the hard line that only people providing ambience can claim for assets that create the ambience and ignores the various studies on workplace efficiency, white collar crime, etc that under-pin the provision of artwork in other business premises. I've always felt it bizarre that you can claim for the costs of renting art as a W&E cost of the trade, but not get CAs on the cost of buying art.
I am aware of the legal cases which resulted in artwork being allowed in those premises where it adds to the ambience but I wondered whether it has ever been legally challenged in other types of premises? I suspect HMRC will always take a hard line where they know there is no legal precedent to support the taxpayer.