film tax relief

What is Film Tax Relief, and a short story of tax fraud in the film industry

If we were to ask you “What links Lawrence of Arabia, Edgar Allen Poe, and AC/DC?”, we expect you might be left stumped. Yet there’s a perfectly plausible answer in the “horror/comedy/musical road movie” known as Eldorado, alternative title Highway to Hell: Peter O’Toole narrates the film, it opens with...

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maternity allowance maternity, llp, optimal compliance

A guide to maternity allowance for LLP members

LLP members (partners) are self-employed, which means they don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay but can still receive Maternity Allowance. To receive Maternity Allowance, you’ll need to fill out an application. We’ve outlined below what steps need to take place in order to receive this financial support. Applying To apply...

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MTD, making tax digital, optimal compliance

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax – the what, the who and the how

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is part of the Treasury’s vision to digitalise the UK tax system, which simply means that businesses must ensure that they maintain digital accounting records as opposed to continuing to do tax-related activities on paper. Hopefully, going forward, this will improve the speed and efficiency of...

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video games tax relief, grand theft auto, optimal compliance blog

What is video game tax relief and the curious story of Grand Theft Auto

This is the first piece in a three-part series on our blog, shedding light on the creative industries reliefs made available to create content that is predominantly generated within the UK, checking out case studies where available, and perhaps looking at how things could be amended/improved. We kick things off...

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ben crampin


Ben’s been here pretty much since the get-go and, as such, has been instrumental in growing the business into what it is today.
He’s passionate about, in his words, ‘helping people and businesses that are just constantly being taken advantage of’ by providing affordable advice and support with an eye to ‘levelling the playing field’.
Ben looks forward to the day when automation will, once and for all, fumigate the fear and confusion caused by oppressive bureaucracy and strongly believes that ‘technology holds the solutions to the problems we’re trying to solve’.
Furthermore, he can see that technology will, in time, provide the scalability required to help a theoretically limitless number of SMEs survive and thrive against the odds.
Ben doesn’t think much of government agencies and he doesn’t suffer fools; two points that aren’t always mutually exclusive.