Monthly Archives: August 2017

Beware HMRC Scams

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Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsscam2We have become aware recently of an increase in scam telephone calls, where individuals are told that they owe money to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for unpaid taxes, or advising that deadlines have been changed and payment is due immediately.

Some websites, emails or phone numbers can look like they are part of an official scam3government service, or that they provide more help than they actually do.

HMRC will never use phone calls, texts or emails to;

  • Tell you about a tax rebate or penalty
  • Ask for personal or payment information

You should never give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in an email, unless you’re sure they’re genuine.

If you are concerned about your tax status, please contact us in the first instance, or HMRC directly, using details from www.gov.uk.  Genuine callers will always be happy for you to get advice and support.

Bye Bye Emma…

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantssadThis week sees Emma our Summer Intern head back to University, Emma has been tweeting for us over the summer, there should be a few more today and here’s her farewell Blog!

My summer at Drummond Laurie has sadly come to an end. After spending eleven weeks with the team over the summer, it’s off on holiday then back to university for another year!

I’ve learned so much over my time here, not only in terms of accounts work but the experience overall has really given me the drive and confidence to complete my degree and hopefully follow on to become a chartered accountant.

I’m proud of the way my work has progressed from day one and have loved being challenged on a daily basis, as you can tell from the Drummond Laurie twitter! #always learning

The team has been so welcoming and friendly all the way through the summer. It was great getting to know everyone and feel part of something. I wish everyone well for the future!

I’d like to thank Drummond Laurie for giving me this amazing opportunity, which has meant a lot to me by confirming my career choice and provided the beginning of my future.

Thanks for having me!emma2

Part-Time Admin Assistant Required

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As a growing and ambitious firm we are proud of the fact that people drive our business and are the reason why we succeed.

We are looking for a positive, effective admin assistant to join us on a part-time basis, to help our small administration team 2 days per week, Monday and Friday.   Part of the role will include reception cover, scanning, filing and general administration duties. In return we offer a competitive salary, and as a firm who strongly believes in the wellbeing of its employees, a generous benefits package is also included.Drummond-Laurie1572 (300x200)

Our successful candidate might be looking to return to work a couple of days per week or is currently studying and can fit this into their timetable. It may be an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking to complement their studies with some practical experience in a professional environment. You will need to be customer focused, proactive and participate within a team who deliver a first class admin service. Our successful candidate should be highly organised and able to get things done in a fast paced environment. In addition they should be computer literate and able to use basic systems such as Microsoft outlook, excel, word etc.   This exciting opening is in response to the growth of our current team.

If you are interested in applying then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter direct to mary.jack@drummondlaurie.co.uk.  (No agencies please)

Back to School

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsoliviaWe were sad to say goodbye this week to Olivia Bilsland who has been helping us out two days a week during the holidays although she’ll be back in October…we hope!

Olivia was a real help to us in the office, preparing continuation engagement letters and helping with tasks that we tend to put to the bottom of the pile, she tells me she’s now an expert in scanning – a job we really all hate!  As we try to be a paperless office the scanning file is always big.

She now returns to school and to Nat 5’s next year so we wish her the best of luck with her studies.

 

 

Persons of Significant Control Register

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Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsRegister-of-People-with-Significant-ControlFrom April 2016, the vast majority of UK limited companies have been required to create and maintain a register of people with significant control. Commonly known as the PSC register, this includes details of who ultimately controls or exercises significant influence upon the company.

From 30 June 2016, every company has also needed to submit their PSC details as part of their confirmation statement (which replaced the annual return). So the confirmation statement has been the means by which new PSCs, changes to existing PSCs, someone ceasing to be a PSC and associated statements become part of the public record at Companies House.

Just as our clients and ourselves had got to grips with the PSC requirements, things are changing.

From 26 June 2017, PSC information is no longer updated annually on the confirmation statement. Instead, companies need to report PSC changes to Companies House as and when they happen and no later than 14 days. Alongside reporting changes to Companies House, companies are still required to maintain their youRegister of People with Significant Control.

For the majority of our clients the detail of this is not relevant as we are engaged to manage your company secretarial matters, however, we are reliant on you to advise us of any changes within the 14 days.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Julie McVicar, julie.mcvicar@drummondlaurie.co.uk

 

Supporting our Future

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At Drummond Laurie we are happy to support young people looking for work experience and a possible future in accountancy.   We understand how difficult it is deciding your future!  This week we’ve been delighted to welcome Caitlin Fulton from Falkirk High School.

We asked Caitlin for her thoughts on her week with us:

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“On my last day here at Drummond Laurie, I must say I have really enjoyed my week.  My time here has been very helpful in clarifying what it is like to work in an office and for an accounts firm, I have now fully recognised it is a career in accounts I want to pursue after school.  Prior to this week I had no knowledge of any sort of accounts – hence the 20 questions every minute!  It was my maths teacher that had suggested accounts as a career for me to which I did some research on.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the work accountants do is so varied, and so my tasks this week were different each day.  The Drummond Laurie team were very quick and encouraging to help me, making my work experience here even more enjoyable and beneficial in making a decision about my career.”

Now with my last year at school fast approaching and with a little bit of work experience behind me, I am really looking forward to starting my crash course in accounts and business.  Fingers crossed everything goes well!”

It has been a pleasure to have Caitlin in the office this week to give her an insight into a working accountancy practice and we hope we have confirmed her choice of career in accounts and not put her off!  Not only has this week helped Caitlin decide if accountancy is for her but it has also been a great help to us with Caitlin getting involved in a variety of tasks this week which has helped the team.  We wish her all the best for her final year at school.

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