Complimentary budget video offer today

I am pleased to report that we managed to send all our Budget Box video subscribers the code and MP4 files to add our budget video highlights to their websites or YouTube feeds on or before 11.30am the day following the budget announcements.

I have space on our subscriber lists to take on just 20 more firms and still meet this “next day delivery” promise.

An an inducement, I am willing to provide firms that sign up today, with a complimentary copy of iFrame code that you can use now to add the generic version of our video on your site. Take a look at what you would get below.


As you can see, there is no branding on this version, but it would still liven up your website copy and for no charge. All you need to do is sign up for future budget videos, usually one a year.

Reserve your subscription and secure your free copy of the above video code now.
We only have 20 slots left and we adopt a first in first listed policy.

I have added in below a copy of the branded version for my small practice the Swan Partnership. It is topped and tailed with my practice logo and contact details.

Prices and options are on the order form here.

Dust off your audit skills – tax evasion and the CFA 2017

Have you considered the scope of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA), new legislation to tackle tax evasion? From 30 September 2017, the directors of limited companies, and members of partnerships, are criminally liable for any actions of their employees, contractors and agents for any activity that is defined as tax evasion, even if they had no knowledge of that activity.

Yet again, government seem to have adopted a broad-brush approach to fix a localised problem: the boards of multi-national organisations have avoided responsibility for the tax-evasion actions of their agents and staff by pleading ignorance and the CFA has been enacted to ensure they cannot use this excuse in the future. In the process, all limited company and partnerships are now drawn into the same anti-avoidance net.

The only defense against prosecution under the CFA is to demonstrate that your business has conducted a risk assessment and put in place basic systems to counter any actions by staff, contractors and agents to engage in any activity that could be construed as tax evasion.

What should these “defenses” look like?

The CFA requires a proportionate response from every affected company and partnership, but at the very least they should be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • Conducted a risk assessment
  • Issued a prominent message to members of their business that tax evasion will not be condoned
  • Inserted terms in contracts with employees, contractors and agents, not to engage in tax evasion
  • Provided regular training for staff on preventing tax evasion
  • Clear reporting procedures for whistle-blowing
  • Regular reviews of prevention procedures

Update yourself, your staff and clients now

I have written a 6-page summary of HMRC’s 48-page guidance in this area together with an update that you could distribute to your staff and a handout you could sent to affected clients.

Advice on compliance in this area from our professional organisations is still awaited. No doubt the CFA will figure in future best practice certification along with the extended GDPR regulations.

At the very least I suggest that you read my summary, look at HMRC’s extended papers, if you have the stamina, and distribute the staff updates and client updates. You will also need to consider requests for help from clients. Time to dust off your audit skills?

Acquire and download my CFA support pack here.

Best regards,


Bob Edwards FCCA



Budget highlights video for your website?

Budget highlights 22 November 2017

Do you still rely on the written word to update your website visitors? Have you thought of adding video content instead? Research demonstrates that watching a video is replacing reading of text. Visitors stay longer and absorb more if you have video content.

Try our Budget highlights video. We still have capacity to offer guaranteed next day delivery and the video can be branded with your logo and contact details.

I will be writing the script and will focus on issues of interest to your business and personal tax clients.

As always, we will employ a professional voice-over speaker, and the video will display graphics, text and other visual cues. We offer a generic and branded version.

Two versions are available:

  • BudgetBox Basic £190 plus VAT: the generic version supplied as iFrame code, no branding.
  • BudgetBox Plus £260 plus VAT: the branded version, topped and tailed with your logo and contact details, supplied as iFrame code and a copy of the recorded MP4 file for upload to YouTube or a similar platform.

We write the script and organize production. The code we send you can be incorporated into your website in minutes.

RESERVE YOUR COPY HERE no billing or payments taken until Budget day.