Taxation, VAT & Payroll

Taxation & VAT

Our specialists have dedicated many years to developing an in-depth understanding of the tax regime and applying this expertise to a vast range of very different business and personal scenarios. We pride ourselves on demystifying tax for our clients, and helping you to manage your fiscal obligations in a planned, strategic and pragmatic manner.

We work with various types of businesses – multinationals, UK companies, privately-owned organisations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, expatriates, trusts, partnerships and private individuals. We aim to meet their diverse needs by putting our clients at the heart of everything we do and helping our clients to find effective solutions by combining industry insight with technical expertise.

Our team of professionals are able to find solutions to the most complicated tax problems. Whatever your particular circumstances – whether you are about to buy or sell a business, looking at share option structures, concerned about the international tax aspect of a business transaction, or are the subject of a tax investigation – we are confident that our team of experts will be able to assist you.

How we can help

We have built our taxation practice around the needs of clients who are looking for a high quality service, nationally and internationally, covering, inter alia:

  • Corporation Tax planning
  • Personal Tax planning
  • Self Assessment Returns
  • Inheritance Tax planning
  • Capital Gains Tax planning
  • Stamp Duty & Property
  • Tax implications of Separation & Divorce
  • Sale or Purchase of Businesses
  • Remuneration planning & Share Schemes
  • Tax planning Schemes to shelter profits and Income
  • Tax Investigations
  • Tax planning for UK residents about to emigrate
  • Advice on domiciliary issues
  • Expatriate tax planning and mitigation
  • Non resident landlords and directors
  • Associate international pension scheme planning
  • Advice to businesses setting up operations abroad
  • Advice to Foreign businesses thinking of setting up in the UK
  • PAYE Investigations and Health Checks
  • Obtaining VAT registration
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • VAT planning
  • VAT Investigations and Health checks


With a strong reputation for tax planning for high net worth individuals, we can offer a comprehensive tax planning service, ensuring you take advantage of tax mitigation strategies.

Our Indirect taxation department has particular specialism in assisting clients to deal with the demands of HM Revenue & Customs in challenging the basis of any denial of Input VAT.  We are able to provide fixed fee quotes for our services in this area and also work on a contingency fee arrangement where a fee is only charged upon successful recovery of the outstanding VAT reclaim.

Versant Associates LLP provides a professional and reliable payroll service for the small to medium business community.  Paying staff in a timely and accurate manner is a pre-requisite for maintaining a happy workforce and we can handle that responsibility for you. The ever growing complexity of processing employee wages could be a good reason for you to consider outsourcing the payroll function of your company. We can provide you with wage slips and all relevant wage reports to make your job easier thus allowing you to focus on your number one job of growing and developing your business.

Are you ready for RTI? Real Time Information is the biggest change to take place in the collection of PAYE information since 1944 and will go live from April 2013. All employers will be required to report payments and deductions online to HMRC from April 2013 unless notified personally with a different date. Submissions will need to be made on or before the date employees are paid whether weekly, fortnightly, four-weekly or monthly. If you feel this additional requirement is one you could do without administering yourself why not contact Gerard Parker, our payroll manager, to discuss how we can provide this service for you as part of processing your company’s payroll.

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