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Can Bailiffs Charge VAT on Enforcing High Court Judgements?

The cost of recovering debts through High Court Enforcement can be substantial — although considerably less than writing off the debt. However, there’s general confusion about one element — VAT. Should it be paid by the creditor, the debtor or not at all? Why Would You Use High Court Enforcement Officers? If you’ve received a court judgement in your favour for a debt that you’re owed but the debtor doesn’t immediatel
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What Does It Cost You to Be a Landlord?

To anyone outside the buy-to-let world, it seems as if landlords are sitting back and raking in profits. While this was never really true, a few years ago there was some justification for the perception. But no longer. A combination of increasing hidden costs and Government measures such as increasing Stamp Duty have left landlords in a position where the average annual return is hardly more than £2,000 on each prope
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Business Insolvency — Why It Happens and How to Spot the Signs

Insolvency — it’s a prospect every business owner has nightmares about, even if everything seems fine at the moment. But what leads to a business becoming insolvent, and how can you, as owner, see the signs that you’re at risk? Why Does a Company Become Insolvent? Insolvency can be the result of a company no longer being able to pay its way. It may be unable to meet its debts or have more liabilities than assets, but
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Fighting Back Against Late Payment

Have you suffered from late payments by customers? If so, you’re not alone — research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests this is an alarmingly common problem faced by SMEs, especially when they do business with large organisations. Needless to say, this can be extremely annoying and inconvenient, but sometimes it’s a lot worse. If late payments are large and persistent enough, they can prevent your
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Is Your Debt Statute-Barred under the Limitation Act?

If you’ve owed a debt for a long time (or if you’re a creditor) it’s important to understand there’s a time limit, beyond which a creditor can no longer take certain actions. However, there’s a lot of uncertainty about when a debt is or isn’t “statute-barred” — and what exactly that means. What Is “Statute-Barred”? A debt is statute-barred when no action has been taken to recover it for a specified time (usually six
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Council Tax Debt — Is It the Same as Other Types of Debt?

Debts come in many shapes and sizes. Most of the debts I recover are owed to private businesses or landlords, but money can also be owed to public bodies, including council tax due to local authorities. But are these debts a special case? The Dilemma of Council Tax Debts Councillors in Wolverhampton recently launched a drive to recover thousands of pounds owed in unpaid council taxes, and are looking at possible stra
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Negotiated Settlements — Is This the Way out of Debt?

One of the worst things about being in debt is that it can seem there’s no way out. You might certainly think negotiating with your creditors is a non-starter. After all, they hold all the cards, don’t they? It’s not as bleak as you might think, though. In some cases, a negotiated settlement could be your way out of debt. How Does a Negotiated Settlement Work? What you have going for you in negotiations is that your
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Are You Keeping Track of Your Cashflow?

It’s simple enough — if your business doesn’t have enough money coming in, it isn’t viable. And that’s cash in your bank account, not invoices you’re trusting will be paid promptly, or work you haven’t done yet. It’s staggering, though, how many business owners have no idea of their cashflow. Whether you manage your own finances or employ someone to do it for you, if it’s your business, you need to know all about you
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Personal Debt — the New Normal?

The country has been so busy lately arguing over the future of the UK economy that some disturbing signs at ground level have been largely ignored. Personal insolvencies are at their highest level since the worst of the economic crisis, while figures suggest that a staggering proportion of households are operating on a financial knife-edge. So what’s gone wrong? The Income Crisis According to figures from R3, the ins
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Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay — Know Your Debtor

If someone owes you money that’s well overdue, you’ll want to take action to try and recover it. That’s quite right — but it’s important to go about it in the right way. In particular, it’s crucial to understand why the debtor isn’t paying. Two Types of Debtor Broadly speaking, people (whether individuals or business owners) fail to pay their bills for one of two reasons. Either they choose not to pay, or they simply
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