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The Chancellor's Autumn Statement announced a change to the Flat Rate VAT Scheme which many small businesses use to simplify their VAT record keeping. …
How would your business manage if you were suddenly out of action for a period of time? Have you thought what might happen to your business, your customers, your suppliers and your staff? A friend of mine has been taken seriously ill and is unable to think about, let alone do, any of the financial tasks that are part of running her business and it made me think what would happen to my business if this had happened to me. And then I wondered how many other business owners would be prepared for this type of situation. What things would suffer in your business if you were not available to do them?…
Being in business is about selling a service or a product in order to make a profit. On paper it can look as though you are making a profit however your bank account could tell a very different story. When sales are invoiced they are recorded in your accounts as income but…
The Pensions Regulator has released the latest quarterly bulletin covering compliance and non-compliance with auto enrolment. An increasing number of small and micro employers are reaching their Staging Date and many are leaving it very late to set up a workplace pension. During the period July to September 2016 The Pensions Regulator issued £3,728 Fixed Penalty Notices to employers failing to meet their automatic auto enrolment duties. A number of employers contested their fines …
Working with a wide variety of businesses and business owners I frequently see how different attitudes to business finance affects business development. There are business owners who are …
So many business owners think keeping their accounts or "doing the bookkeeping" is just entering data and therefore anyone can do it. But is it just data entry or is there more to it than meets the eye? Having been a bookkeeper for many years I know there are numerous business owners who think keeping their accounts is data entry - money in and money out. And for many businesses it is as simple as that. But there are also numerous business owners who know there is far more to keeping the accounts than that. …
Why is training so valuable? We learn all the time while we go about our daily work and for us in particular we are constantly working with clients who have different types of business and different needs. Our responsibility to our clients is to know, as far as we can, the HMRC rules which could affect each of our clients. From knowing what expenses can be claimed to whether employees are receiving a benefit from the expenses they claim. We need to understand VAT rules not only in relation to the UK but also overseas sales and purchases and the VAT implications of those.…
The media has been reporting recently on HMRC inquiries into the employment status of BBC personnel. The inquiries will establish whether workers should be taxed as employees or whether they are self employed. HMRC have always been very clear that employment status is never a matter of choice but is dictated by the employment relationship. So how can you, as an employer or an employee, ensure you are not subject to an HMRC inquiry?…
We are always looking for efficient and cost effective ways of helping small local businesses. Whether it’s by completing timely and accurate VAT returns, taking the headache out of your payroll, getting your Auto-Enrolment sorted by your staging date or even just a chat about how the business is going over a cup of tea and a biscuit! We are here to help your business grow, which is why we have partnered with QuickBooks to bring you faster, easier accounts that you can access at your fingertips and won’t cost you the earth.…
There can't be many business owners who haven't heard about or seen the adverts on television about the workplace pension (Auto Enrolment) but how many think it doesn't apply to them? Auto Enrolment duties do not apply when a company or individual meet the following criteria:…
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