Online tax advice service from Grant Thornton

The firm’s paid-for on-line tax consultancy web site advice, which it claims is the first launched by an accountancy firm in the UK, means that tax solutions and tax savings can be accessed at the push of a button from a PC at home or at work.

Queries on a wide range of issues including corporate and personal tax, PAYE, Capital Allowances, the tax aspects of selling a business, trusts and cross-border transactions can be posted to the tax shop 24 hours a day.

Robin Rowe, tax partner at Grant Thornton, said: ‘UK tax laws are extremely complex and businesses can face heavy fines for getting it wrong. Equally, they could miss key opportunities for saving tax.

‘Our new service cuts out the hassle factor of seeking tax advice and saves time – a precious commodity to any business. Time saved from not having to search for an accountant and fix up and attend a meeting, will free up time to meet other business demands. Tax queries can be sent in at any time, from anywhere and answers are dealt with at a cost agreed in advance.’

Individuals forward their question, the Grant Thornton team quotes the anticipated response time and the fee and asks for any additional information they need to give a complete answer. The individual then confirms they want to proceed by forwarding their credit card details and the answer is then e-mailed back to the e-mail addressee.

The cost of the service varies according to the complexity of the question proposed from a straightforward personal tax question to extensive group structuring reports. The minimum fee is £50.

Grant Thornton

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