Ian McLeish

Ian McLeish

Ian has been a Chartered Tax Adviser for over 20 years and has spent time in the Inland Revenue in the 1980s and as a partner in a Chartered Accountancy firm in Edinburgh.

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Opportunities at Rosslyn Associates

Opportunities at Rosslyn Associates

| 2 August 2016 | 0 Comments

As a result of our continued rapid growth we’re looking for more accounts assistants who would like to become part of our friendly and supportive team. We’re looking for ambitious team-players who are client-focussed and dedicated to doing a great job. Have a look at our Opportunities page or apply HERE

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I take most of my income from my company as dividends – how will the new dividend tax affect me?

I take most of my income from my company as dividends – how will the new dividend tax affect me?

| 23 June 2016 | 0 Comments

  You own your own company, perhaps outright or perhaps along with others, and you have been paying yourself a low salary topped up with dividends from the company. For the last 18 years or so, since the first budget under New Labour, received wisdom in tax planning has been to pay director/shareholders this way […]

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Can your children help save tax?

Can your children help save tax?

| 20 November 2014 | 0 Comments

Readers of earlier articles will know that I am keen to explore common issues which arise for my work with my clients, mainly from a tax angle, but not exclusively. Previous articles have looked at whether going “offshore”could save you tax, and how to sell your house tax free. This article looks at a recurring […]

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10 reasons why selling your house might not be tax free

10 reasons why selling your house might not be tax free

| 11 November 2014 | 0 Comments

In normal, day to day life, selling your home is usually tax free. So even if you make a massive profit when selling it most people don’t pay any tax. This is because it’s their main residence. It is fairly common to hear it said that you don’t pay tax on any profit when selling […]

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We’re now award winning!

We’re now award winning!

| 1 November 2014 | 0 Comments

A highly enjoyable – and surprising – evening on Wednesday at the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2014.We won Networker of the Year (Joint runner-up). Congratulations too to Roger Thomas (highly commended) www.andcoaching.com ; Susan Laidlaw (joint Runner up) www.laidlawlettings.co.uk; and Brian Johnstone (winner) www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastmidlothian

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Breast Cancer Campaign

Breast Cancer Campaign

| 24 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Everyone at Bush House and Edinburgh Technopole is wearing pink today in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. We’ve entered the fun and are all wearing pink and have made a donation. If you would like to make a donation please go to  www.justgiving.com/Edinburgh-Technopole Don’t forget – individuals can add 25% to their donation if using […]

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Is offshore tax planning for you?

Is offshore tax planning for you?

| 21 October 2014 | 0 Comments

Is offshore tax planning for you? If there is one theme that has kept coming up in my 28 years in tax it is people asking me if they should “go offshore” to save tax. Usually this is the result of a discussion they have had with a “friend” who pays no tax (apparently) as […]

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We’re now “Freeagent Friendly”! (that means we’re accredited)

We’re now “Freeagent Friendly”! (that means we’re accredited)

| 14 October 2014 | 0 Comments

People often ask me what bookkeeping software they should use, and to be honest there is no one correct answer as it depends very much on who will be using it. However we have been using the cloud-based package “FreeAgent” for some time now and were so impressed by it that we committed to become […]

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A snowball is a cake…or is it?

A snowball is a cake…or is it?

| 30 September 2014 | 0 Comments

In the crazy world of VAT we are always coming across surreal tribunal cases. A recent case caught my eye as it involves two well-known Scottish food companies: Lees and Tunnocks. The question for the Tribunal was whether a “snowball” was a cake (and not subject to VAT) or confectionery (and subject to VAT at […]

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New team member at Rosslyn Associates

New team member at Rosslyn Associates

| 25 September 2014 | 0 Comments

Further reflecting our continuing growth, we’re delighted to announce that Maria McLeish has joined us as Payroll administrator and trainee accountant. Maria’s role will include dealing with the payroll function for our clients as well as assisting with office administration. She will also be training as a bookkeeper and accountant. She will be very involved […]

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