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Dental Acuity

Commercial and tax briefing for Dentists and Practice Managers

A series of short articles offering you practical guidance on managing your finances, taxes and the practice. Click on the links below to download the guide. Dental Guide 2017 18

Preparing for life as a new self-employed dental associate

If you are in the process of securing your first Dental Associate post, or you have already started your self-employed career then the following accounting, tax and financial suggestions and recommendations will be relevant for you >more

Buying a practice? What to consider

Buying a dental practice is exciting and potentially stressful. However, with careful planning your advisers can help you to appraise the economics and keep you on the right track >more

Managing the practice finances

If you have recently opened a new dental practice, taken over a practice, or have been running one for a while and would like to get a better handle on the finances, the following tips are for you >more

Cloud Accounting for dental practices

Cloud accounting software solutions have been built for business owners and sole traders. That’s why we are recommending cloud accounting solutions to our dental clients >more

Save tax with capital allowances

Are you considering improvements to your business premises, investing in equipment or even purchasing new business premises? Have you spent capital buying or improving your business premises or equipment?
If so the purchase may well qualify for capital allowances >more

Selling the practice or nearing retirement?

With a little planning and foresight the seller or retiree can prevent a rather unexpected demand from the tax man dropping through the letterbox requesting a larger share of the proceeds than was probably necessary >more


Finance & Tax Surgery for new Associates & VTs TimeMgt

New for 2018 - Martin Aitken & Co's accountants, tax advisers and independent financial advisers are running finance & tax surgeries on the first Tuesday of every month in February, March and April for all new Associates and VTs. 

If you would like to book an appointment with one of the team to discuss any aspect of your finances, paying taxes, personal insurances and protection policies or what investment options are open to you to save towards buying a practice, then book an appointment with one of team today.

You can either come into our offices or we can arrange a telephone or video call with you to discuss your queries and to help you get your financial affairs in order. Investigate

To book an appointment, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will arrange a time & date with you. The Finance & Tax Surgeries will run on the first Tuesday of every month during February, March & April 2018.  


Looking back and looking ahead

We were delighted to support the FGDP UK Scotland Study Day on Friday 1 December at the Glasgow Science Centre.


The study day once again has a range of excellent speakers, including two legends of the dental world, Trevor Burke and Terry Donovan. They presented an in-depth session which focused on an examination of the evolution of cements and bonding, an evidence-based evaluation of ceramic systems and management of the deep carious lesion. 

Jayne Clifford and the MACO Dentistry accounting and finance team hosted a session for the Glasgow University BDS5 group in the Science Show Theatre. The session drew upon the experiences of five recent graduates who are now Associates operating in practices in Scotland and Dubai. The video-blog sessions provided the undergraduates with a range of practical insights into what they will experience when they enter practice, as well as giving them a range of tips on managing their self-employed career.

Colette Callaghan, Craig Keating and Iain Stirling, Martin Aitken & Co, provided the BDS5's with talks on self-employment taxes, preparing to meet with your accountant and developing the practice's business plan. 

If you attended the session and would like to discuss any of the issues raised on the day, book an appointment at one of Finance & Tax Surgeries for new Associates & VTs in 2018. 

SDS 2018

Scotland’s biggest dental show will take place on 27 and 28 April 2018 at Braehead Arena and will mark the seventh year of the award-winning event and Martin Aitken & Co will be attending on both days. Come along and visit us at stand A12 (the usual spot!).

As well as a packed trade show, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, the show will also see more than 50 lecture and workshop sessions covering all the major CPD subjects. Delegates can gain up to nine hours of verifiable CPD on topics ranging from composites, digital dentistry, child protection and safeguarding, mouth cancer, radiation protection, decontamination and many more.

The lecture and workshop programme will feature some household names from Scotland, the UK and further afield. To view the preliminary schedule click here


Big Smile: World Record

Big smile world record attempt 2017

Hundreds of people participated in the Big Smile Big Band event, which took place at the SECC Glasgow on the 9th June 2017, including University of Glasgow Dental School and other University staff, Dental alumni, school children and teachers from the Glasgow area, and of course, Martin Aitken & Co.

Participants wore red and white ponchos and formed the lips and teeth of a giant smile to highlight the importance of oral health.

Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of the Dental School at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that we were able to achieve our aim of assembling a world record number of participants in the shape of a big smile as Glasgow’s contribution to National Smile Month and I sincerely hope that Guinness World Records will verify this as the world’s biggest smile”. The World Record Attempt was subsequently confirmed by Guinness.

A big well done smile to all involved!


Finance & Tax Acuity Winter 2017-18 MACO FinTax Acuity 2017 18

Our regular financial, tax and investment update. Click on the links below to download a pdf copy. 

Investing in residential property?

If you are considering an investment in residential property this year, or if you already have residential property investments, you should consider the impact that the tax changes that came into play earlier this year that could have on your investment return.

We are also often asked whether to hold investment properties personally or in a company. The decision as to which option and which structure is best should be made with reference to both tax and commercial issues.

There is no one solution that fits all and a lot will depend on the strategy you have for your property portfolio.  Our short guide outlines the tax and financial considerations for holding residential investment property: hold personally or hold in a company >more


If you would like to discuss any of the accounting, finance and tax issues covered in this edition, please get in touch with us to arrange an appointment. Get in touch >more


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