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Garry and Bronwyn Todd


Building a business brings its share of challenges but can also be hugely rewarding, as Garry and Bronwyn Todd can testify. Since they set up Huddersfield-based electrical contractors JGT Electrical Limited in 1994, after Garry had been made redundant from his previous post, the business has gone from strength to strength.

With Garry’s 45-plus years of experience in the sector and Bronwyn taking control of the financial side, after she quit her own job as a lecturer in hairdressing, the company has since grown to a workforce of 20, working for big name clients including McVitie’s, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and West Co.

While the business has been a key focus, the couple have also been careful to think about ensuring a secure financial future, by making private pension arrangements when they set up JGT to complement their occupational pensions.

The couple originally had another accountant when they set up the business but after a few years wanted to work with a firm that offered a greater range of services to suit the needs of their growing company.

They moved to Lambert Roper & Horsfield, which initially managed their pension scheme until its sister company LRH Wealth Management subsequently took on that role.

With a time now approaching when the Todds are starting to think about making use of their pensions, they are happy with both the results from their investments and the relationship with LRH Wealth Management.

Bronwyn says: “They invest our pension fund on our behalf and send us regular reports, so we know exactly what is happening at all times. We also meet Sue West, one of the directors at LRH Wealth Management, once or twice a year and I can speak to her at any time on the phone.

“They know exactly what we have and what we are doing with it and we have found it to be a very good relationship.”

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Latest News

HMRC unveils penalty regime for VAT deferral scheme

May 11th, 2021

Companies that signed up to the VAT deferral scheme have been warned they face a five per cent penalty if they do not make payment arrangements by 30 June this year.

Over half a million businesses deferred VAT payments last year. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that companies will be liable for the penalty or interest if they do not pay in full or make an arrangement to pay the deferred VAT by that date.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government announced a three-month deferral of VAT payments for the first tax quarter of 2020, and payments for outstanding VAT are now due.

Companies that deferred VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 can either pay the deferred VAT, join the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme or make other arrangements with HMRC by 30 June 2021. The online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme opened on 23 February 2021 and is available until 21 June 2021.

The VAT Deferral Payment Scheme allows taxpayers to schedule payments monthly. The scheme lets you pay your deferred VAT in equal instalments, interest-free and choose the number of instalments by direct debit, from two to 11 (depending on when you join).

For example, if you join by 19 May 2021, you will make nine instalments and if you join by 21 June 2021, you will make eight instalments.

You cannot include extra payments after you’ve joined the scheme.

To take part, HMRC says you must:

  • Join the scheme yourself, your agent cannot do this for you
  • Still have deferred VAT to pay
  • Be up to date with your VAT returns
  • Join by 21 June 2021
  • Pay the first instalment when you join
  • Pay your instalments by Direct Debit (if you want to use the scheme but cannot pay by Direct Debit, there’s an alternative entry route for you)

The new payment scheme is part of a wider Government package of support, now worth more than £400 billion, which is helping to protect millions of jobs and businesses during the pandemic.

Half a million businesses made use of the VAT deferral last year, which helped to inject an estimated £34 billion into the UK economy. The new payment scheme will continue to help the economy recover by enabling businesses, impacted by the pandemic, to manage their cash flow at a critical time.

Eligible businesses that are unable to use the online service can ring the HMRC Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 024 1222 to join the scheme or make alternative arrangements to pay until 30 June 2021.

Link: Penalty rates for deferred VAT scheme set at 5 per cent 

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