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HMRC’s Time to Pay – how does it work?

You may well have heard of the Time To Pay initiative. As a business owner, if you’re in financial bother and you can’t pay your VAT, PAYE or your corporation tax on time, it could be an answer to your troubles. But while Time To Pay might well be a viable solution, see if it’s right for you. What is Time To Pay? Just as it sounds, it’s an installment plan that gives you more time to settle your tax debts and bring your arrears up to date. HMRC will not reduce the tax you owe, but with Time To Pay, you’ll be able to spread your repayment of tax arrears and get some breathing space. HMRC will continue to charge you interest, but as long as the Time to Pay is kept to, they will stop penalties. Why consider a Time to Pay Arrangement? Maybe you’ve got cashflow problems? Perhaps you’ve had […]

Is your business in financial trouble?

Business In Financial Trouble? Business is tough. Competition is rife in almost every industry and it’s common for businesses of all sizes to face difficulties, especially during and coming out of a recession. If your business is in financial trouble and you’re feeling the strain, it’s going to be useful to know what you can do and what you can’t. Knowledge is power, after all. Probably the first thing that you need to do is to take a realistic look at your situation and work out whether you need to cease trading. Is your business in a lot of debt? Are you accumulating CCJs? Its helpful to be clear that your business is separate to your personal life – however, if your company is insolvent, but continues trading and incurring debt, you might be personally liable for the company’s debts if a wrongful trading or trading whilst insolvent action is taken […]

Can Bailiffs Force Entry?

If your debt problems have escalated, you might be facing action and a visit from the bailiffs. A bailiff is someone who works on behalf of the courts to collect debt. As a result of this, you might be concerned that the bailiffs assigned to your case can force their way into your home or place of business before taking your belongings. If that sounds like you, then you’re not alone – it’s a common worry. Usually, you don’t have to open your door or let them in, so can bailiffs force entry? Well, they are entitled to force entry into your home or place of business, but only under certain circumstances. Put simply, it depends on the type of debt that they’re collecting and whether they’ve visited you before. they’re chasing up an unpaid magistrates’ court fine. they’re chasing up an unpaid county court […]
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Liquidation – Some Practical Tips

This is not a guide to liquidation, but a look at some of the important issues that arise during the process that you might need to consider… There are a few guides available that will explain the different types of liquidation along with the liquidation process – indeed on our Business Shut Down page, I explain the liquidation process and options at some length.  The purpose of this blog is not to repeat that information, but to give some practical advice and tips for you to consider alongside the insolvent company liquidation process (also known as Creditors Voluntary Liquidation and CVL). Having decided that the company cannot continue in its current form, your next most important decision is whether the business should just shut down and disappear completely, or whether you should start again? The legal […]

New HMRC cash grab

Under new proposals announced in the Budget 2014 small print, the taxman will be able to access personal and business bank accounts to directly take any arrears of tax you may owe. How will it work? If you, or your business owes more than £1,000 in arrears of tax (inclusive of all forms of personal or business taxation), you could be at risk. Under new proposals due to come into force in April 2015, HMRC will be able to dip into bank accounts. They will not require a court order, nor will they have to issue formal proceedings – as long as they have sent reminders chasing tax arrears. So if you or your business owe more than £1,000 and have been sent correspondence from HMRC, under the new proposals, cash can be taken directly from your bank accounts to settle HMRC debts. HMRC will be required to leave a minimum of […]

Better off living in Middlesbrough than Newcastle?

The North East has the country’s highest rate of bankruptcies and IVAs. The Insolvency Service has released regional insolvency figures showing that Bankruptcies, Individual Voluntary Arrangements and Debt Relief Orders have shot up nationwide within the last 8 years. Total rate of insolvencies leapt from 7.2 per 10,000 people in 2000 to 30.9 in 2009, a four-fold increase, before falling back to 24.5 in 2012. Worryingly for the North East, it has been the region with the highest rate of bankruptcies and IVAs every year, for the past 5 years. By the end of 2012, 0.33% of the region entered into bankruptcy, IVA or a debt relief order, which was 35 per cent higher than the average for the rest of the country. Below is a graph showing the growth in personal insolvency in the country as compared to the North East. Table 1. Rates of personal insolvency (per 10,000 people). The North East vs […]
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Fines for Disqualified Directors? A view from within our industry…

At a speech given this month, The Right Honourable Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has flagged the Government’s intention to bring in legislation to commence fining disqualified directors, and in doing so puts forward an appealing perspective. On closer inspection of the current system, the fining of directors seems to be wallpaper covering the cracks of the real issues in dealing with directors guilty of dishonest business practice. He has conveniently ignored the white elephants which are actually preventing the director disqualification process from being as strong a deterrent as it could be. Firstly, under-funding. The Insolvency Service is the government body tasked with bringing disqualification proceedings against directors, yet its funding has been cut by 40%. This has manifested itself in that the number of directors reported for dishonesty to the Insolvency Service has risen by over 20% in the past three years, whilst the […]

Personal Guarantees

There are several firms that have cropped up within the last few years offering to negotiate or write off your bank or trade personal guarantees. Their fees vary greatly, as in our experience, does their success rate. Many of our clients have given personal guarantees, either to banks, finance companies, trade accounts, or to support asset purchases.  These personal guarantees ‘crystallise’, or in other words they become payable when they default on their agreements, or enter a formal insolvency, so its important for our clients to know that when we are assisting them, we are looking at all of their debt, including guarantees. So how do we go about this? How does it work? First of all, you need a ‘catch all’ plan to deal with the problems within your business – that’s where we can fit in. Robson Scott assesses the current state of your business, and works out with you, […]

Help for Directors – Pt 1

Director’s Disqualification By way of introduction, I have written this piece to highlight the various pitfalls and knock-on effects commonly seen by Directors whose business has gone through a formal insolvency process. Due to the scope of the assignment, I have broken the blog into two parts, Director’s Disqualification and ‘Directors Being Sued’. This first part will concentrate on the why’s and wherefores of disqualification proceedings, detailing how common they are, the potential effects of disqualification and concluding with advice on how to proceed if there is a chance this affects you. The second part will deal with what happens when directors are sued by Insolvency Practitioners. It looks at the types of action that can be brought by liquidators and administrators against directors, shareholders, and even their families, and examines ways to lessen their effect. Director’s Disqualification Process When a company enters into either Creditors Voluntary Liquidation, Compulsory Liquidation or Administration, the […]

Management of bad debts

It’s a fact of business life that your business will suffer bad debt. It’s also a fact that most of the paperwork you receive informing you of the bad debt and the subsequent insolvency proceedings can be somewhat difficult to understand. Also, if you’ve received the insolvency paperwork, you’re not getting paid, right? Not necessarily…. The North East Business Support Scheme (NEBSS) has been set up by Robson Scott Group to provide a service to North East businesses to manage and maximise their returns from insolvent customers. We will review the paperwork, and give you a clear, concise outline of the process (whether that be Pre-pack Administration, Liquidation, Company Voluntary Arrangement “CVA”, or an “IVA”). We will then contact the insolvency practice dealing with the case, and come back to you with a realistic appraisal as to whether you will get your money back, if so, how much and when. We will […]