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scamxHMRC have asked us to share the following information:Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants

There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.

HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You should report these incidents on the Action Fraud website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

To learn more about dealing with phishing and scams visit GOV.UK

A Passion for Agriculture

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country-file-logo-575x400Margaret Bunyan, one of our agricultural specialists at Drummond Laurie, was delighted to be Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountantsinvited to an event recently at which Adam Henson, the Bank of Scotland’s farming ambassador was presenting.

Adam comes from a farming family and from a very young age knew that he wanted to bosfollow in his father/grandfather’s footsteps and become a farmer.  He successfully achieved an HND in Agriculture, before going abroad to travel and work in the agricultural sector.  On returning to the UK he has taken over the farm tenancy from his father and runs a very successful business along with his business partners.  Of course many of us know Adam best from his TV career, presenting programs like Countryfile and adam hensonLambing Live.

What was clear from Adam’s presentation was not only his passion for agriculture, but also the importance of:

  • Taking a proactive approach to ensure that your business is responsive to change and thus continues to prosper, and
  • Having advisers that you trust and can go to for help and advice when needed.

p01y6278At Drummond Laurie our clients are at the forefront of everything we do and we are committed to providing them with specialist taxation, accountancy and business advice.  Our agricultural team have in depth knowledge and personal experience of the agricultural sector.

If you would like to discuss any agricultural related accounting query please contact Margaret Bunyan on 01324 441266 or email


Supporting our local schools

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graeme hs (2)Drummond Laurie Chartered AccountantsDrummond Laurie were delighted to attend and support the ‘My Future Convention’ at Graeme High School recently. The event was open to all pupils and parents and allowed them to meet with potential employers, colleges and universities to discuss their future career options.

As a local employer within the accountancy sector Drummond Laurie were able to provide students with information about what a career in accounts is like, as well as the various career paths open to them.

On the night, Senior Manager Margaret Bunyan, was joined by Jessica Wardlaw and Shona Thomson who are both studying towards their ICAS CA qualification despite taking different paths on finishing High School.

More information on the different options available can be found here

Tax Enquiries – You can’t prevent one but you can protect against the cost

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can open an enquiry into your personal or business tax return at any time. No reason needs to be given for opening enquiries and many thousands are started every year at random.

Consider the following;

  • The Government has a massive and growing national debt so the Treasury must find additional sources of income.
  • The number of people being investigated by the tax man has more than doubled compared to 2011/12.
  • The number of self-employed people investigated has more than quadrupled in that time.
  • Annual prosecutions have risen sevenfold in three years.

Our Tax Investigations Service is designed to reimburse the costs of your defence in the event that you and/or your business are selected for enquiry.  It is worth considering that the representation costs for a typical tax investigation can often escalate, not because you have made a mistake, but because you are required to prove yourself innocent of any wrongdoing.  We believe our service will provide you with the best possible representation and protection against the threat of a tax enquiry, and would note the following in particular;

  • Our service allows Drummond Laurie to work with you on any enquiry, unlike some other schemes that appoint the insurer’s representative to work on the case.
  • Our service is “fully comprehensive” and will provide cover in virtually all enquires, (the main exception being where fraud is involved), unlike some other schemes where the vast majority of enquiries are excluded from cover.
  • We can work on the case for as long as required to ensure you get the best possible outcome, without you worrying about escalating accountancy fees.
  • Our service is backed up by a team of investigation specialists who are on hand for advice and support if and when required.

As a further benefit of the service you will also have unlimited 24/7 access to an expert Business Legal Helpline which can answer queries relating to Employment Law, Health & Safety matters and commercial issues.

Should you wish to find out more  about this service please do not hesitate to contact your usual Drummond Laurie contact.tax2


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