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From 1st October 2016 new minimum wage rates will apply to workers up to the age of 24. The National Living Wage rate of £7.20 per hour which was applicable from 1st April 2016 doesn't change. The National Living Wage must be paid to workers aged 25 and over.…
Business owners need to keep accounts in order to determine their profitability (or not) and to satisfy HM Revenue & Customs requirements so there can't be many business owners who aren't using one of the myriad of accounting software to do this. But using accounting software is not a necessity. …
Last week I was invited to attend, with some other local bookkeepers and accountants, a consultation meeting with HMRC and the Office of Tax Simplification to provide feedback on several suggestions being proposed by both organisations around tax. …
As a self-employed person do you ever wonder what expenses you are allowed to deduct from the income you earn? Do you worry that you are not claiming everything you could? Or perhaps worry that you are claiming things that you shouldn't?…
Earlier this month the Government's Department for Business named another 197 employers who have not paid their workers the National Minimum Wage making a total of 687 since the scheme to publicly name and shame employers was introduced in October 2013. These employers between them owed their employees £3.5 million.…
If you are a VAT registered business you should always be prepared for a VAT inspection. Do you keep your accounts records up to date so you can instantly lay your hands on the paperwork the VAT Inspector is asking for?…
It takes hard work and a lot of dedication to go to work and study at the same time especially when you have young children too. Two of our bookkeepers, Sarah and Ruth, have just achieved the best possible results in their Level 4 Bookkeeping and Accounting exams.…
When an employee hands in their notice the first thing you will think about is how you are going to manage without them and how you are going to find a replacement soon enough for your leaving employee to train them. Most small businesses will not have sufficient resources to have trained a "spare" and unless it is a role you don't need to replace you will probably have a very short handover period or even a gap between employees.…
If you are a business owner do you have the skills you need to process the payroll for your employees? It is not always as straightforward as you think and you will only find that out when you have an angry employee or two demanding explanations or HMRC contacting you. Is it worth the risk?…
Anybody who attended the Swindon Expo at the Steam Museum in June may have come across our stand with our new banner asking "Are you burying your head in the sand about Auto Enrolment?". Visitors were keen to play our "bury your head in the sand" game with the winner being offered a choice of prizes which included having their auto enrollment scheme set up for them. Most employers will know by now that setting up a pension scheme for your employees is a necessity. …
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