Keeping Your Tax Bills To The Legal Minimum

We get up every morning to help family run businesses build a better future for the next generation because family is the most important part of all of our lives.

There are lots of ways to reduce your tax bills perfectly legitimately.

Some are really simple such as making sure you claim all of the expenses to which you are entitled. Surprisingly many small businesses lose out because they forget or lose deductible expense receipts but this is very easily rectified by using a receipt photographing App linked to their cloud accounting system.

Some tax saving opportunities however are much more complicated and unless you are keeping up to date with the latest tax regulations you may miss an opportunity.

The key to keeping your tax down to the legal minimum and still sleep soundly at night is firstly keeping on top of the administration of your financial records and secondly planning. Planning means thinking about tax in advance rather than after your accounting year end.

We do not advise on tax avoidance schemes or structures. We simply make sure our clients are taking advantage of every legal opportunity to keep their tax bills to the lowest level permitted by law and which fits their individual risk profile.

Our clients also have access to our WandD Family Zone (Private) containing many fact sheets, e-books and guides to help them keep their tax bills to a minimum.

Some of the areas we advise on are:

Business Tax Planning – means thinking about potential tax relief BEFORE the year end. This is why we insist that our clients use our recommended cloud accounting systems so we can monitor their potential profit and advise on tax savings while there is still time to sort them out. Tax is a cost like any other. Minimising tax will provide additional cash to help your business to grow and become even more successful.

Estate Planning – who would you prefer to get your money after you die? Your beneficiaries or the Government? Inheritance tax (IHT) used to be referred to as a ‘voluntary tax’ for the very wealthy, but not any more. With the recent dramatic increases in property values without a corresponding increase in the IHT threshold, many more estates have come within the Taxman’s grasp.

Pension Planning – this is potentially your second biggest asset after your home but it doesn’t happen by accident or by itself. It needs planning and advice from a qualified professional. Wood and Disney are not authorised to offer advice regarding pension investments and therefore will introduce you to suitable Independent Financial Advisers.

Personal Tax Planning – again you cannot save tax after the tax year has ended so you need to plan. Every pound of income tax you save means more income at your disposal. Every well planned disposal of assets means minimal capital gains tax, and every inheritance tax saving means more benefit for your beneficiaries.

R&D Tax Relief – one of the most generous benefits approved by HMRC but take up remains low due to the belief that you have to be a boffin wearing a white coat to qualify. However any limited company can apply as long as they are undertaking research and development work to overcome scientific or technological uncertainty which in general terms means a project where the desired outcome may not be achievable. Our specialists get the very best results.

VAT Planning – so complex and so expensive if you get this wrong. Our cost effective VAT compliance and planning services can relieve you of this burden. We have a specialist who lives and breathes VAT and does nothing else.

Existing clients can login to WandD Family Zone (Private) to find out more about the above.

We want to spend time with you face to face to really help you create a successful business and build a better future for your family.

What our clients say!

“I have been in the consultancy sector of business for 10 years and have worked with Wood & Disney throughout this time. During this time they have worked with me through the good and bad times to help evolve my business and steer me in the right direction.

With the help of Wood & Disney I moved my records onto QuickBooks Online accounting software. I struggled to find the time to use the system to its full potential therefore I soon offloaded all the hassle onto Wood & Disney who have been able to provide me with far more beneficial real time information which has allowed me to make far better decisions for both myself and my company. I started to notice a real difference as, in a difficult period for the very niche industry, my time was freed up to spend looking for new contracts.

Blake Davies
Brand Life Consultancy Limited

“All the wood and disney team are friendly. Calls/emails are answered in a timely manner. We do not just feel like a number and it feels like wood and disney really care about us and have our best interests at heart".

Kate Heffernan & Verity Dent
Heffernan Dental Specialists Limited

“After being with Wood & Disney for several years and recently embracing cloud computing and outsourcing payroll to them I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team.

I am constantly delighted with the comprehensive and tailored support that we receive, they are a wonderful bunch of professionals. They provide us with prompt and friendly help and guidance whenever needed which is important when running a small company. They are forward thinking and always take the opportunity to give advice on improving our profitability. I can't think of anyone I would trust more with our accounts".

Paul & Amanda Cartlidge
R. Bullock Precision Engineering Limited

“I have been working with Wood and Disney for about 4 years now and I am very satisfied with the service I have received from them. They are by far the best accounting company I have worked with. They are not just my accountants; they are very professional business consultants who have been providing me with very useful suggestions on different aspects of my business. They are very competent and experienced in what they do. Brendon and David who have been working with us, are very professional and knowledgeable, and the advice they offered me in relation to claiming my company’s R&D Tax relief has been extremely useful. As such, I have no hesitation in recommending them as a very professional and reliable accounting firm based in Colchester".

Mohsen Nakhaeinejad
Oxborrow Engineering Limited

In my view, Wood & Disney isn't just an accountancy firm, but instead act as my business advisors. They support me and my business in planning ahead and assessing what steps I need to take to help grow my business further, in a way that suits me. I would recommend Wood & Disney to anyone looking for plain-speaking help with the financial aspects of managing a growing business. Speak with David or Peter."

Peppa Sheridan

Peptalk Communications

“I love that you are not stereotypical accountants.  You make the “subject matter” interest (as best as is possible!), and I had fun when we meet!  Your engagement process is slick and simple and I’m very clear on what I’ve signed up to and my responsibility in the business relationship.  You have quickly earned my trust and I feel assured you will look after Neon Solutions business needs and support us with professional, honest advice when we need it.

I am especially grateful for your patience and support while we have been getting our business off the ground and am looking forward to Neon Solution’s future with confidence – I’m pleased we can share the road to success!”

Donna Hudson

Neon Solutions Limited



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Lodge Park, Lodge Lane
Essex, CO4 5NE

T: 01206 233170

wood and disney is the trading name of Wood & Disney Ltd, a company registered in the UK number 4143288



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