• 1 Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home
  • 2 Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau
  • 3 Eating out at Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018
  • 4 New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards 2018
  • 5 Lymington Tile Centre has a new home
  • 6 Cash for Christmas? Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge
  • 7 Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest
  • 8 All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's
  • 9 Christmas gifts to employees
  • 10 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas
  • Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

    Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

    Sometimes a holiday is just what's needed, providing precious time to be "you" again.

    coltenc winter2018 4for3 christmas for web 01 600x400 With the colder months upon us it’s a great time to experience the warmth and care of a friendly, relaxing care home - whilst making new friends at what can be a lonely time of the year. Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, hoping for companionship and warmth over the winter months, or simply wanting to give your career (and yourself) a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just

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  • Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau

    Christmas hits a high note at French bistro Le Blaireau

    Life's a cabaret at New Forest French bistro and brasserie with musical Christmas parties!

    Le Blaireau French bistro at Careys Manor Hotel New Forest Life’s a cabaret at a French bistro and bar in the New Forest this Christmas, as Le Blaireau stages a series of marvellously musical Christmas parties.

    Set in the grounds of luxury country house hotel Carey’s Manor in Brockenhurst, Le Blaireau offers an authentic taste of France in the heart of the great British countryside. With a quirky interior based on the streets of Paris, Le Blaireau celebrates France in style – it even has a full-sized 2CV

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  • Eating out at Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018

    Where to eat out in the New Forest this Christmas

    Local venues for gatherings with family and friends - plus winter walks to enjoy afterwards!

    It's a pleasure to eat out sometimes over the Christmas period - give the host and hostess a break and everybody a chance to have a really good chat while someone else does the cooking. Lots of our favourite New Forest restaurants and pubs have special festive special menus for Christmas suitable for all celebratory occasions with family or friends. And some of these restaurants and pubs are also in brilliant locations either with their own grounds to explore

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  • New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards 2018

    2018 Brilliance in Business Awards

    The excitement mounts for this year’s finalists in the  #nfbizawards

    The New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards winners will be announced at the annual awards evening on 6 December at Careys Manor nfbp brilliance in business awards 2018 Hotel in Brockenhurst.

    As Chairman Matthew Lawson explains: "NFBP aims to create an environment in the New Forest which offers opportunities for young people, poses an attractive option for business investment and delivers a culture in which indigenous businesses can thrive."

    It's all about doing everything we can to make the New Forest an ever better place for  businesses of all

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  • Lymington Tile Centre has a new home

    A vast range of beautiful tiles on your Lymington doorstep

    The Lymington Tile Centre has a new home!

    At The Lymington Tile Centre you will find ceramic, porcelain and stone tiles for walls and floors, paths and patios, from traditional to contemporary to ultra lymington tile centre new showroom nov18 600 modern, including exclusive ranges from top factories in Spain, Italy and the UK.

    Craig, Lee and the team now invite you to visit their brand new showroom and view beautiful tiles to enhance your interior and exterior design, give the wow factor and put the finishing touch to your home. 

    Call in this Saturday 1 December

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  • Cash for Christmas? Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge

    Cash for Christmas?

    Cash is a much appreciated gift which can also benefit your tax planning!

    In the build up to Christmas and for the next in our series of "Life Matters" articles, Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge proposes how giving cash as Paula from Lester Aldridge  proposes cash for Christmas  Christmas Presents could be a sensible tax planning option as well as a much appreciated gift which also saves on shopping time - especially if you're not feeling up to joining in the fray this year. Beautifully wrapped cash can even look very special too!

    Life Matters for Lymington, with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    "Following on from last month’s

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  • Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest

    Shop for your Christmas gifts in the New Forest and Lymington.

    Let's support our local businesses this Christmas.

    Shopping locally is a good thing on so many counts - click here for 10 good reasons to shop locally !

    Lymington Late Night Shopping Evening 2018 by Steve Elson This time of year, when we tend to spend more than normal, is a great opportunity to boost the income of our local shops as well.  In any case who wants to spend ages queuing at city centre carparks and wading through the frenzied crowds, only to find nothing of interest in the so-called 'offers'?  

    As for online, well for certain things yes

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  • All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's

    All set for a magical Christmas at Fairweather's New Forest

    Find your Christmas tree (with exclusive £5 discount), decorations and gifts - plus enjoy tea with Santa! 

    Fairweathers voucher 2018 £5 off your real living and potted Christmas Tree!

    fairweathers christmas trees

    Fairweather's Garden Centre in Beaulieu is all set for Christmas 2018! UK grown Christmas Trees will be available to buy from Friday 23 November - and if your tree is too big to take home yourself, Fairweather's offer FREE local delivery. PLUS enjoy an exclusive £5 OFF any real living and potted Christmas tree’s with this voucher - valid until 4 December 2018: download here !

    Decorations and gifts

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  • Christmas gifts to employees

    Christmas gifts to employees

    Remember to consider the tax implications of any gifts to staff or clients this festive season

    With the New Forest High Streets sparkling with enticing gifts for the festive season, here's the lowdown on Christmas gifts for staff and customers from a tax perspective by New Forest Tax Accountants.

    xmas present 600x400 Gifts to Staff

    Christmas presents paid in cash to employees will always be taxable along with other earnings. The same treatment also extends to vouchers that can be spent in either one or a number of different shops of the employee's choice. The employee has to pay

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  • 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas

    10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas.

    Support your local, independent shops and businesses in Lymington and New Forest.

    Christmas in Quay Street Lymington

    Many of us dread this time of year. Unless you're the most organised person on earth and have done your Christmas shopping by Halloween, the sudden realisation that we are only a few weeks from Christmas Day can send us into a flat spin.

    Luckily we live in an area with many independent businesses and shops and it is easy to find local gifts - especially if you think out of the box a little.

    Listed below are 10 good reasons

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Why you should complete your tax return now!

There is no better time to complete your personal tax return.

Girl carrying filesTempting as it is to finish the tax year by 'filing' your paperwork and receipts in a large envelope labelled 'January', there are many good reasons to file your Self Assessment tax return now, rather than letting the dust gather until Christmas. 

Promptly completed tax returns can provide improved cashflow and will definitely enhance your ability to plan your tax affairs for the 2018/19 tax year. Not only this, you can sit back and enjoy the summertime, smug in the knowledge that the 'demon' will not be awaiting you in your filing cabinet when the nights draw in and leaves start to fall...

What will you gain from filing your tax return now?

Calculating your tax liability for 2017/18 soon will give you longer to plan to pay for any unpaid tax due by 31 January 2019. Not only this, if you are employed or in receipt of a pension and have underpaid tax by less than £2,000 your tax return must be submitted by 30 September 2018 in order to guarantee collection of the underpayment through your PAYE tax code in 2018/19.

Conversely, if you have overpaid tax for 2017/18 we can file your return and obtain you a refund sooner.

The actual tax liability for 2017/18 also forms the basis for payments on account in January and July 2019. Again, the earlier these amounts are known, the longer you will have to save for payments due. 

HMRC tax returnIf your Self Assessment tax liability for 2017/18 is lower than for 2016/17 we may be able to reduce the payment on account due in July to avoid you paying tax and obtaining a refund later. However, to do this we will need to prepare your return by about the middle of July. 

Although most of the tax planning opportunities to reduce tax for 2017/18 have passed, there remains the ability to carry back charitable donations to the previous tax year in certain circumstances.

HMRC state on their website that ‘You can ask for Gift Aid donations to be treated as being paid in the previous tax year if you paid enough tax that year to cover both any Gift Aid gifts you made that year and the ones you want to backdate. Your request to carry back the donation must be made before or at the same time as you complete your Self Assessment tax return for the previous year but no later than the filing deadline for the tax return, which is 31 October if you file a paper tax return, or 31 January if you file online.’ What HMRC does not mention are the opportunities this facility provides, particularly to higher rate tax payers and those with income in excess of £100,000. Please contact us if you would like more information.

So as you can see, you might benefit from dealing with your 2017/18 tax return sooner rather than later! Our Personal Tax team can take care of your tax compliance for you and assist with your tax planning for the new 2018/19 tax year. Pop into our office if you'd like one of our handy Tax Cards which summarise all the rates and allowances for the current tax year.

For more information and assistance with your tax returns and tax planning, contact New Forest Tax Accountants, based at 2 Queen Street, Lymington, on 01590 688838 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

We offer a free initial consultation for new clients.

If you are not already receiving our FREE monthly eNewsletter, which provides tax planning news and advice tailored to your circumstances, sign up today on our website www.newforesttax.co.uk

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The information in this communication does not constitute individual advice. New Forest Tax Accountants will not accept any responsibility for decisions taken or not taken on the basis of the information presented here. Before taking any action, including no action, always obtain independent, professional advice relevant to your own circumstances – preferably in writing. Any reference to legislation and tax is only based on published legislation and standards at the time this communication was published.

  • LYMINGTON.COM:
    NEWS, EVENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION

    Lymington.com provides you with information about the town of Lymington and its surrounding area, including the New Forest National Park. Find here news, events, things to do and local information, including where to stay, where to eat and drink, as well as places to visit. The Lymington.com Directory provides a comprehensive guide to local businesses and organisations, with a search function enabling you find what you are seeking and a review function so that you can tell others what you think!

  • LYMINGTON:
    GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN AND FAMOUS YACHTING CENTRE

    Lymington is a pretty Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest. The town's sheltered position on the western bank of the beautiful Lymington river has made it an important settlement since the Iron Age. For many years Lymingtonians have made their living from the sea or the river - as boatbuilders, fishermen, sailors and in past centuries as salt workers and even smugglers! Today Lymington is an internationally famous yachting centre with a population of almost 17,500.

  • SAILING IN LYMINGTON:
    PERFECTLY LOCATED FOR THE BEST SAILING IN THE BRITISH ISLES

    It’s not surprising that Lymington is one of the “Best UK Coastal Towns in Which to Live”. Combined with accessible road and rail links north to London, west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton and beyond, as well as the car ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the town combines practicality with pleasure; the perfect work-life balance. There are many excellent schools and a wealth of local sports, clubs and leisure activities.

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