Posts Categorized: Question of the Week

HR Question of the Week 2

Question My client has an employee who is regularly late to work on Monday morning and blames traffic issues, are they able to dismiss him? Answer Employers have an implied duty to deal with any grievances raised by employees even if there is no express contractual right. A grievance procedure gives employees the opportunity to… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client has just received a request for flexible working from an employee that wants to attend an aerobics class on Wednesday afternoons, do they have to allow this? Answer The rise in flexible working practices has been a common theme in employment as organisations seek to maintain an attractive and non-discriminatory working environment…. Read more »

VAT Question of the Week 2

Question My client is a landscape gardener and has recently purchased a Nissan Navara double cab vehicle to use for his work. There will be some private use as well as business use. I had thought this might qualify as a commercial vehicle rather than a car, although I am feeling a little uncertain as… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week

Question My client is a general builder and has been asked to build an extension to provide practical living accommodation for his customer’s disabled son. The extension will include a flexible living and sleeping space and a shower room. There will also be a hoist in the sleeping area to assist in getting the child… Read more »

Tax Question of the Week 2

Question My client has a question about principal private residence relief. She resides in a property that has grounds attached to it which exceed half a hectare. Within the grounds of the residence, there is an outbuilding which in the recent past had been lived in by an elderly relative. However, more recently the outbuilding… Read more »

Tax Question of the Week

Question My client has a rental property from which he only receives a small amount of income, he has heard about the new £1000 property allowance and wonders if he can make use of this? Answer The property allowance of £1000 was introduced in the Finance Act (No. 2) 2017. The legislation can found in… Read more »

HR Question of the Week 2

Question One of my clients has just received a grievance from a member of staff, how should they handle this? Answer Employers have an implied duty to deal with any grievances raised by employees even if there is no express contractual right. A grievance procedure gives employees the opportunity to redress any complaints they have… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question One of my clients is looking to recruit someone from outside their business. Do you have any tips about the recruitment process? Answer A successful recruitment process should be thorough and well structured. Your client should evaluate the current workforce and needs of the business to get an idea of the specific duties the… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week 2

Question My client is on the flat rate scheme and runs a computer repair shop. They have purchased computer components (goods) from the EU, as well as business to business (B2B) general rule services, namely specialist IT consultancy, from a VAT registered French company. What are the reporting requirements on the VAT return for these… Read more »

VAT Question of the Week

Question My client runs a business that purchases old houses, renovates them up to modern standards and then sells them on. He uses a preferred architect for the design work and various building contractors to do the renovation work. Can he recover the VAT that the architect and various contractors charge to him as he… Read more »