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Professional Development – Tax Talk with HW Fisher

4 October @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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Wondering about the tax ramifications of setting up your own business? Or confused by income and allowable expenses, authors averaging, capital items and allowances, or trading losses?

HW Fisher is hosting a session led by consultant Barry Kernon, to help people understand how to deal with tax minefields. This session will cover tackling tax returns, VAT, and Making Tax Digital (MTD) – the digital filing of income tax and VAT returns.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Lilly Brend-Fish, Events & Outreach Assistant, SoA (5 mins)
  • Presentation by Barry Kernon, HW Fisher (45 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience – moderated by Lilly Brend-Fish (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (5 mins)


Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for SoA Members. Not a member? Please sign up here.


What will this workshop cover?

This session will provide insight and discussions around: setting up in business, income and allowable expenses, authors averaging, capital items and allowances, trading losses, foreign tax issues, MTD for income tax and VAT, operations via a limited company, and tax enquiries and penalties.


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email lbrendfish@societyofauthors.org with ‘Tax Talk’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org store 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.


The line -up

Barry Kernon, HW Fisher

Barry Kernon is an accounting and tax consultant, who advises many media clients at HW Fisher. Barry works with many authors, journalists, artists, musicians, producers, directors and media world professionals, specialising in tax treatment in the creative industries. While also advising many smaller businesses operating in a wide variety of sectors, Barry has many years’ experience providing specialist advice in tax planning, reducing tax liabilities, including the use of limited companies and strategic business advice, as well as accounts preparation. Barry advises clients on all tax matters, including VAT, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax, and deals with all aspects of authors’ tax advice.

After becoming a qualified accountant in 1970, Barry had his own practice for many years until it merged with HW Fisher in 2002. Also Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Authors, Barry was once nominated to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his many years of service.


About HW Fisher

HW Fisher is a top 30 UK chartered accountancy firm. We provide expert accountancy, audit, tax, corporate and financial advisory services to high-profile entrepreneurial SMEs, large corporates and high net-worth individuals. We keep it personal by enabling you to concentrate on expressing your talent while depending on ours for accountancy and financial planning.

Website: www.hwfisher.co.uk | Twitter: @HWFisherUK | Instagram: @hwfisheruk


Need to know

Before the event
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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During the event
  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 90 minutes
After the event
  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

All #SoAatHome events are free but if you can afford to, please consider donating to our Authors’ Contingency Fund and we suggest a minimum donation of £5. The fund is to help professional authors experiencing financial hardship. DONATE HERE


If you are unable to book using the registration box below, please email events@societyofauthors.org with the name and date of the event you’d like to register for and we’ll confirm your place.

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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.

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

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



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4 October
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