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Professional Development – Tax Q&A with HW Fisher

12 July @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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Free – £10.00

Navigate your way through the tax minefields with Barry Kernon and Andrew Subramaniam of HW Fisher, as they help address any questions you may have – from tackling tax returns to understanding VAT requirements. The team will help you understand recent tax changes and what authors and creative freelancers need to know when setting up a company.

This event is for SoA members only. Not yet a member? Join the SoA here

Can’t make it or want to ask a question in advance? Join us for a live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday 29 June between 12-12.45pm. Simply log on during this time and tweet your question to @HWFWriters and @Soc_of_Authors using the hashtag #AskHWFisher so we can find you.

What will this workshop cover?                     

This workshop aims to cover the tax basics, including:

  • Setting up in business
  • Income and VAT
  • Making tax digital
  • Allowable expenses
  • Capital items and allowances
  • Foreign tax issues
  • Trading losses                                             
  • Authors’ averaging
  • Whether to operate through a company
  • Tax enquiries and tax penalties

SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org and Blackwell’s stores featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.

Any questions?

If you would like to send questions in advance, email fhowell@societyofauthors.org  with ‘HW Fisher Q&A’ in the subject header.

The line-up

Barry Kernon

Barry Kernon has more than 40 years’ experience of providing specialist advice. He advises clients on all tax matters, including VATinheritance tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax etc, and deals with all aspects of authors’ tax advice.

Barry’s Linkedin

Andrew Subramaniam

Andrew Subramaniam is head of HW Fisher’s industry-leading authors and journalists team. Many of his clients are best-selling authors or household names in the media world, while others are at an early phase of their careers. No matter what stage a client is at, his goal is always to make a significant contribution to their financial security and prosperity by minimising their tax liability. A great highlight of his career was being asked by Levi Roots to write a chapter for his book outlining the work he did for him to manage his finances when he was first setting up his business.

Andrew’s Linkedin 

HW Fisher

HW Fisher is a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm, providing partner-led expert accountancy, audit, tax, corporate and financial advisory services to high-profile entrepreneurial SMEs, large corporates and high net-worth individuals. HW Fisher keeps it personal by enabling entrepreneurial high net-worth individuals to concentrate on expressing their talent while depending on HW Fisher for their accountancy and financial planning.

HW Fisher is proud to work with and support a wide variety of talented originators from the creative industries, including authors, journalists, social media influencers, playwrights, actors, vloggers, film directors, comedians, poets, record companies, concert organisers, composers, agents, publishers, advertising agents and PR consultants amongst others.

 HW Fisher Website  | HW Fisher Twitter


Book your place using the registration form below.

SoA Members: FREE 

This  SoA @ Home professional development event is free for members but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE

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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.


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Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

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  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
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12 July
10:00 - 11:30 BST
Free – £10.00
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