Last week we learned that Venue Retail Limited, represented by John Harris, had defeated HMRC in the First Tier Tribunal. The case concerned the withdrawal of the EIS relief claimed by investors in the company that was formed to operate the merchandising operation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The case revolved around the definition of the ‘commencement of trade’ and Harris was able to argue that trade started when ‘operations began’, rather than ‘ when the shop doors opened’ as argued by HMRC. Harris based his argument on some old WW1 excess profits tax cases.

As a consequence it is anticipated that the relief that was withdrawn will not be restored. Some £400,000 of taxation is thought to be involved.

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Cherie Howard

The partners are pleased to report that Cherie Howard has recently joined the firm and is currently based in the Agricultural department. Cherie who is 23, is studying for her final AAT exams.

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Budget 2016


The full text of the budget is attached. Please remember that until this Finance Bill is enacted later in the summer the provisions contained within it are draft. Should you wish for specific guidance please contact the Office.

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Christmas holiday 2015

The office will be shut from 12.30pm on Christmas Eve, reopening on Tuesday 29th at 9.00am. Then we shut on Friday 1st January and open again on Monday 4th January, 2016.

Happy Christmas!


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Autumn Statement

In recent years the Chancellor has run a ‘mini budget’ in the late autumn of each year. Clearly this year he was under significant political pressure given his wish to reduce tax credits. He has partially back peddled in this regard, but there are significant changes in the following areas:

  • An apprenticeship levy of 0.5% on big company payrolls.
  • A surcharge of 3% on buy to let purchases.
  • Basic pension goes up to £119.30 from 6th April 2016.
  • A payment on account of CGT on the disposal of second homes.

As always, if you require specific advice in any of these areas please get in touch.



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Harris and Clarke – recruitment

Harris and Clarke LLP are currently looking to recruit an ICAEW  qualified / finalist, preferably with agricultural knowledge or experience. Sole traders or those with a client following would also be considered. Apply within.

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Cochran Harris and Clarke Limited

John Harris and Richard Clarke are pleased to announce the acquisition of a major stake in the above company from Gerry Cochran, its long standing principal. The practice has a mixed portfolio of clients and is a Registered Auditor under the ICAEW, which enables the practice as a whole to extend its services. Gerry, a Chartered Accountant is also welcomed to the firm.

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Conference – Auto enrolment – 25th November 2015

Harris and Clarke are pleased to invite you to a seminar to discuss the implementation of the new auto enrolment legislation and how it affects your business and the various options you have.

It is to be held at the OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS RUGBY CLUB at 10.00am on November 25th. If you would like to attend please contact Miss.Helen Cara at 7 Billing Road on 01604 622274.

25.11.2015 – A big thank you to those that attended and Matt Deegan and Richard Jones of St.James Place for their presentation. The 50 or so clients present were left in no doubt as to the relevance of the change to the pensions regime.

Please contact us at 7 Billing Road for further advice in this important area.



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Jack Hart

The partners are pleased to announce the recruitment of Jack Hart, a 20 year old AAT student. Based in the agricultural department Jack is a bit of a computer whizz and hopes to quickly complete his studies.

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Darren Mattacola

The partners are pleased to announce the recruitment of Darren Mattacola as a manager of the practice. He is in his mid 30’s and comes from a local firm, having qualified as an ACCA some years ago. We see this this as a very positive move. Darren specialises in owner managed business and enjoys advising on all aspects of the same. In his spare time he has three small children so actually has little spare time!



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