By Gemma Johnston, Associate Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  With the Autumn Budget having been cancelled, now may be the time to consider making the most of available tax reliefs or relatively low rates of tax – before it’s too late. Change is happening at an unprecedented level, and it can be difficult to…

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By Cathy Walker, Assistant Manager, Payroll at Grant Thornton in Belfast HMRC, which administers the scheme, confirmed that 240,200 people in Northern Ireland are enrolled by their employers on the coronavirus job-retention scheme (CJRS) and are being supported by the government. The numbers for the whole United Kingdom as of 30 June are that approximately…

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By Clare Fitzgerald, Associate Director, Tax at Grant Thornton in Belfast The COVID-19 crisis continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Public health is the number one concern, and rightly so. Sometimes watching the news, it feels that there is very little of positive news on the horizon – whilst the Government is…

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Cyber security

By Sinead O’Neill, Associate Director, Forensics and Investigation Services At times like these, when minds may be focused on other things, it is easy for individuals to become complacent in protecting both their personal and professional information – fraudsters know this and are taking advantage. There are a number of widely reported scams that have…

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Janine McNeill

By Janine McNeill, Assistant Manager, Tax at Grant Thornton HMRC is currently experiencing significant delays in processing Research and Development (R&D) SME tax credit claims and Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) claims. It has recently announced a recovery plan which has a target date of 30 September 2019 to get through the backlog, with…

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Digital connectivity

  Declan Flynn is Managing Director of Belfast-based commercial property agency Lisney, which works on behalf of many of Northern Ireland’s most significant investors and developers as well as major retailers and businesses. He outlines the impact that digital connectivity is having on the property sector. It’s no great secret that digital connectivity has become…

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