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

Seasonal gifts to employees

At this time of year some employers may wish to make small gifts to their employees.

For many years HMRC have been prepared to accept that trivial benefits were not taxable under certain circumstances. However a statutory exemption has been introduced from the start of the current tax year which should give employers certainty that the benefits provided are exempt and do not result in a reportable employee benefit in kind. In order for the benefit to be exempt it must satisfy the following conditions:

  • the cost of providing the benefit does not exceed £50
  • the benefit is not cash or a cash voucher
  • the employee is not entitled to the voucher as part of a contractual arrangement (including salary sacrifice)
  • the benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their employment duties
  • where the employer is a 'close' company and the benefit is provided to an individual who is a director, an office holder or a member of their household or their family, then the exemption is capped at a total cost of £300 in a tax year.

If any of these conditions are not met then the benefit will be taxed in the normal way subject to any other exemptions or allowable deductions.

One of the main conditions is that the cost of the benefit does not exceed £50, if the cost is above £50 the full amount is taxable, not just the excess over £50. The cost is the cost of providing the benefit to each employee not the overall cost to the employer. Where the individual cost for each employee cannot be established, an average could be used. Two pertinent examples consider gifts of turkeys, a bottle of wine or alternative gift voucher.

Further details on how the exemption will work, including family member situations, are contained in the guidance.

However if you are unsure please do get in touch before assuming the trivial benefit you are about to provide is covered by the exemption.

Internet link: HMRC manual