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What is important to you when you are considering outsourcing your bookkeeping? Maybe you just need someone, anyone, to just organise all that paperwork which keeps appearing.  Do they need to know what they are doing?  Do they need experience? If you want to keep your finances on track you will need someone who can do more than just organise paperwork.  You need someone who understands accounts, can do what you need them to do and is reliable and honest too.…
Businesses receive payment from their customers in different ways.  Shops and online retailers have the advantage of receiving payment when they make the sale and therefore mostly have no issues with customers not paying.…
More businesses are moving to cloud accounting software.  With Making Tax Digital for Businesses just 12 months away it makes sense to get ready now and move your accounts to software that will be compliant with the new regulations. Cloud accounting software is user friendly and makes keeping your accounting records a whole lot easier.  VAT returns can be submitted directly to HMRC at the press of a button and as we get closer to April 2019 developers will be updating software to cope with the new requirements.…
Making Tax Digital for Business, now known as MTDfB, will begin in April 2019 but that doesn't mean you can forget it until then.  Now is the time to start thinking about what you need to do in your business to meet the new reporting requirements. MTDfB starts with businesses which are…
The recent demise of Carillion and the possibility of Toys R Us going in to administration because they can't pay their £15m VAT bill highlights how large as well as small companies struggle with cash flow.  All businesses rely on their customers to pay them for the work they have done so that they can pay their suppliers and their taxes.  A sale is not a sale until it is paid for but unfortunately businesses are liable for their taxes whether they have been paid by their customer or not.…
I have been providing bookkeeping services to individuals and businesses for more than 14 years now and one of the biggest surprises to me in the first few years was to be told that I was a good bookkeeper.  I was surprised because shouldn't all bookkeepers be good?  Keeping accurate records and understanding the financial aspects of a business is what bookkeepers do and whilst we learn different areas of bookkeeping for different businesses the foundations of our learning are still the same.…
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.  …
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…
It is surprising how many emails I receive asking how much we charge for bookkeeping.  Of course that is the uppermost thought when deciding to get some outside help with something.  How much is it going to cost me? But how can I give you a price when I have no idea what you need, what your business does, whether your accounts are up to date or in a mess or whether you have a VAT return due next week. We do not have a "one price fits all" package. …
Every individual and every business now has access to an HMRC account which, by 2020, will show their overall tax situation. VAT, PAYE, Self Assessment Tax and Corporation Tax accounts will all be in one place giving an individual or business owner an overview of their personal and/or business tax liability. Individuals will be able to access this account from a digital device at any time to see their tax situation, update their information or register for new services.…
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