Boy Racers, Yachts and zero income tax

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The first thing a Formula One driver would do when he/she started to earn some serious money would be to leave the UK. Can you blame them? If you had an annual salary of over £10m, on which you were taxed 45% by the Inland Revenue, and had an estimated worth of £88m, you would probably consider ways of protecting your income.

I haven't spoken with a Formula One driver about their relocation strategy, but I can imagine the criteria when looking for a new house would look something like this;

1. Warm
2. A mooring for your luxury yacht.
3. No income tax
4. Low crime
5. Exclusive

So a spot in Monte Carlo, a small state at the heart of the French Riviera that ticks all the boxes and saves you from parting with your well-earned cash would do just the job?

Rather than giving money to HMRC you would be able to service your multi-million pound yacht, apartment and transport. Monaco delivers for the super-rich and has managed to maintain its policy of not charging residents income tax, much to the disappointment of international "good society".

For our small business clients, avoiding their fair share of tax is simply not an option. Upping sticks to a tax free bolt-hole isn't part of their 5 year growth plan. But increasing their turnover and improving their client interaction is, and that is where a good, professional accountant comes in handy.

An good accountant helps a business to push ahead developing marketing strategies and innovating under financial guidelines which allow for growth and higher chances of sustained success.

So whilst we admire the success of emerging British superstars, we also acknowledge that SMEs need accountants, and accountants need SMEs. Good accounting is good business and if you would like to find out more, then speak to Roger Price.

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