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A recent article in the Telegraph indicated that the Government is considering reducing the age for auto-enrolling employees into their pension scheme to 16 from the current age 22.  The DWP are currently reviewing this and will release the details towards the end of this year. Do you think it is a good thing?…
If you are just starting out in business you will probably have lots of questions especially when it comes to managing your finances.  Many banks will want you to prepare a forecast of your income and expenditure before they will consider you for a loan or an overdraft and many need this even to open a business bank account. That can be daunting if you really don't know where to start and what you should include.…
There are lots of things to remember about VAT when you are VAT registered.  Here are ten things about VAT which you may not know. …
You may think that you have done all your need to once you have reached your Staging Date for Auto Enrolment. You have set up your pension scheme and sent out communications to your employees.  You have auto enrolled your workers and deducted contributions from their pay.  You have even remembered to do your Declaration of Compliance.  So what else is there to do?…
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC's term for submission of tax information online.  The revised implementation date was announced in July 2017 and now we have a little more information about what will be expected. From April 2019 VAT registered businesses over the VAT registration threshold (£85,000 for 2017-18) will have to submit their monthly or quarterly VAT returns online through their accounts software.  VAT registered businesses below the VAT registration threshold will not be required to but can submit in this way voluntarily.  If you submit annual VAT returns you will be able to continue to do this.  …
Businesses should have a separate bank account for their business transactions as it will make preparing their accounts so much easier. Trying to extract business income and costs from a personal account takes a lot more time and if you needed to prove any business transactions when applying for a loan, for example, they would have access to your personal spending habits too.…
Being a business owner comes with a variety of challenges.  The list of jobs to do is never ending even if you do outsource some of them. There are still many things which you just know you have to do yourself. Sometimes being a business owner can feel like being on a treadmill endlessly moving from task to task without actually moving on.  …
Are you aware of the implications of providing a mobile phone to your employee or reimbursing them for their mobile phone costs?  It could cost you, and them, more than you think. For instance:…
Bookkeeping is defined as "the recording of all financial transactions".  Sounds simple but if that was the case why is bookkeeping a career with qualifications ranging from Level 2 to Level 4?   The financial transactions of a sole trader's business to those of a huge organisation vary enormously but whatever level of transactions there are bookkeeping principles to follow.  A sole trader business can be just as complex as a limited company business, maybe more so in some cases - we certainly deal with sole traders who have high value businesses and large numbers of transactions as well as limited companies who have very…
As a sole trader or self-employed person you won't have to pay tax on your earnings until 31 January the year after your first accounting period ends.  Finding out how much tax you will have to pay when you first tax return is submitted can come as a bit of a shock especially if you haven't saved for your tax bill during the year.  Do you understand how Self-Assessment tax works?…
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