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What assumptions are you making?

Stavros and Andreas were out walking in the hills when they came upon an old mine shaft.  “How deep do you think it is?” asked Stavros. “I don´t know,” answered the other.  “Let´s drop a stone in and listen for it to hit the bottom.  They did so and waited, but the… More

Do you receive rental income from residential property?

Here are two more questions… When calculating the net rental income chargeable to tax, do you claim a deduction for interest paid on a loan (typically, a mortgage loan used to buy the property)? Do you pay tax at the higher rate of 40% (or more)?  Or, indeed, would you pay tax at that level i… More

Christmas opening hours 2015

The Keens Shay Keens MK office will be closing for Christmas at 16:00 on Thursday 24th December and will reopen at 9:00 on Monday 4th January 2016. Seasons greetings and best wishes from everyone at Keens Shay Keens MK! … More

Autumn Statement 25 November 2015

The autumn statement is an opportunity for the government to review and declare it’s spending for the next year. Most of the press commentary, prior to the Chancellor’s comments today, involved speculation on which areas of government would suffer the biggest cuts. Now we know… Major oppositio… More

Congratulations, Liz Newell! – Women Leaders MK 2015 Award winner for professional services

At a nail-biting evening on 20 November, our own Liz Newell saw off 4 other short-listed candidates to win the coveted professional services category at the inaugural Women Leaders MK awards. As an equity partner at Keens, Liz is passionate about helping and supporting local businesses and organisat… More

Keens Shay Keens MK LLP announce merger with local accountancy firm HWS

Keens Shay Keens MK LLP and HWS, two long established local accountancy firms, have announced that they will be merging with effect from November 1 2015. Both firms have long histories in Milton Keynes. Keens has been located in the heart of Central Milton Keynes since 1986, with local roots dati… More

Dividend tax changes – Should you take more income before 6 April 2016?

warning here: we have no draft legislation yet  –  just some explanatory notes issued by the Treasury and HMRC.  However, based on those notes… At the moment, in arriving at the amount of your taxable dividend income, you have to gross up the cash you receive as if it were the 90% which w… More

Another beautiful day for the Keens Shay Keens MK golfers!

For the second year running, the Keens Shay Keens MK golf event was blessed with blue skies and sunshine. Playing once again at Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands Golf Club, last Friday 30th September was Keens’ fifth annual golf day, held to thank our clients and professional contacts. Our golfers we… More

Do you need to sign up for the Companies House email reminder service?

Companies House have recently confirmed that they intend to withdraw paper reminders in the future “as part of [their] aim to become a fully-digital organisation”. Recent analysis of the Companies House reminder service (which tells companies when their accounts and annual return are due for fil… More

Would you like that in writing?

A couple had been arguing and arrived at the point where they were giving each other the “silent treatment”. Later that evening, the man remembered that he needed to be up by 5:00 a.m. for an early morning business flight.  His wife was a relatively light sleeper, and in the past he had relied … More

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