We are pleased to announce that Burns Waring are, as of 1st May 2014, fully merged with Haines Watts Kent LLP, the Kent partnership of the national accounting group with many offices across the UK.

Other than additional and improved technical support and professional services, especially in tax, clients should experience little change – they can continue to talk to the same partners or individuals as in the past – we’re all still here to help you as before.

The Canterbury office and team will remain as is – phone numbers will remain, the address will be the same other than we are now Haines Watts Kent LLP and not Burns Waring.
The Maidstone team will move into the larger offices of Haines Watts in Maidstone.  Initially the phones will be answered by Canterbury office until the phone numbers can be re-directed properly.

The new address details for Maidstone are
Haines Watts Kent LLP
4 & 5 Kings Row
Armstrong Road
ME15 6AQ
Tel: 01622 692255

and the new website is

Tax Scams

Have you recently had an email from HM Revenue & Customs advising you of a ‘refund due’, or indeed advising of ‘unreported income’?

These are internet ‘scams’ – bogus sites trying to steal personal and confidential data from you. HMR&C never contact taxpayers by email without prior arrangement.

Whilst the press and others have been advising about the existence of internet scams, the ‘inland revenue’ scam is becoming alarmingly prevalent at the moment – hence this alert being sent out to you today. A number of clients have rung up recently asking why we’ve not “notified them of the rebate due to them”. Answer - there wasn’t one - and, in replying to these emails, they have unwittingly disclosed confidential personal data to an illegal third party, the consequences of which we don’t yet know.

BEWARE - lots of people are getting these emails. And if you have replied to one, please let us know.

As a general rule, never reply to any email that you are not expecting or know and trust the source of.

Below are two recent examples of the current tax scam – but the perpetrators of these scams can change the content at any time. So remain vigilant, please.

Tax Scam Examples