Welcome to Barrie Scott & Co

Are You?

  • Struggling with your tax return?
  • Looking for an accountant who will help you make more profit and pay less tax?
  • Starting out in business?

We can help. Barrie Scott & Co is a firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors with offices in Falkirk and Bathgate. We offer audit, accounts, and taxation services together with business support and advisory services to a wide range of owner managed businesses, clubs, associations, charities and individuals.

We work hard to get to know you in order to deliver timely individual advice tailored to your specific needs.

To find out more about how we can help you and your business click here for an overview of our services. To find out more about us click here. To access a wealth of information visit our resource centre or view our free factsheets.


Ben Nevis Challenge

Team Barrie Scott successfully completed The Ben Nevis Challenge on 20th June taking a little over 11 hours to cover the ascent of Ben Nevis, followed by 33 miles of cycling and a canoe course on Loch Lochy. The team, Jill McEwan, Craig Allison , Alan Swords and Clive Scott, with logistical support from Catherine Crombie, surprised themselves by finishing in the top half of the 88 teams participating. Some £9,000 was raised for our nominated charity Strathcarron Hospice. A big thank you to all donors.


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The current hot topic

Making Tax Digital

HMRC have issued a series of consultation documents outlining further plans for the government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative.

HMRC have published six consultation documents on MTD. The six consultations set out detailed plans on how HMRC propose to make tax digital and to simplify the tax system. The consultations look at the following areas:

  • How digital record keeping and regular updates will operate - this considers compulsory digital record-keeping and quarterly 'updates' to HMRC and an End of Year declaration within nine months of the end of the period of account.
  • Options to simplify tax for unincorporated businesses, including changes to basis periods, extending cash basis accounting and reducing reporting requirements for unincorporated businesses.
  • Extending cash basis accounting to unincorporated property businesses.
  • Voluntary pay as you go arrangements, where taxpayers can pay what they want when they want, subject to the normal payment on account rules. Regular direct debit arrangements and quarterly payments on account are also being considered.
  • Changes to tax administration, including changes to the enquiry regime, penalties for late submission of quarterly updates and End of Year declarations and also the late payment of tax.
  • How HMRC will make better use of the information which they currently receive from third parties, including updating of PAYE codes more regularly and coding out of bank interest via PAYE.

Commenting on the plans, Jane Ellison Financial Secretary to the Treasury said:

'This new system will make the UK's tax administration more efficient and straightforward and will offer businesses greater clarity when it comes to paying their tax bills.'

However professional bodies have expressed their concerns about HMRC's proposals. Frank Haskew, Head of the Tax Faculty at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, said:

'This is not the time to be rushing through fundamental changes to business processes that are likely to result in major upheaval and extra costs, especially when the business benefit to the UK has not been clearly demonstrated.'

Under the Government's plans, the changes to the tax system will be introduced gradually between 2018 and 2020. We will keep you informed of developments.

Internet link: GOV.UK MTD