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I have been using Xero for 9 years now and frequently train not only our own new employees on how to use it but also other businesses who need help. One of the advantages of Xero has always been the bank feed which downloads transactions from your bank on a daily basis directly into the software.  These transactions can then be quickly and easily allocated to an invoice or directly to an account code with a description and relevant VAT code. But sometimes the bank feed…
Several of our clients have received HMRC notifcations of late payment of their PAYE over the last few weeks.  In April, May and June this was often because employers were out of their usual routine and forgot to set up payments, although a couple did think they didn't have to pay when they were using the furlough scheme! More recently though we have had two employers…
Today I took on a new client.  They telephoned last week wondering what to do as they had just gone over the VAT threshold.  They were nervous about what that entailed and concerned they wouldn't know what to do.  I spent some time talking them through being VAT registered, keeping accurate records and…
Becoming VAT registered can be a little daunting for those new to business.  It means keeping your accounts records organised and and up to date and ensuring that you have VAT receipts for all the business expenses you want to claim back VAT on.  It also means that you need to know whether the products or services you sell should have VAT added.…
We thought furlough was challenging but flexible furlough is proving even more so! As a payroll bureau working with businesses employing between 2 and 50 staff, furlough has been important for many of our clients during lockdown.  It has been interesting to see how…
As bookkeepers one of the many skills we need is good attention to detail.  So its probably not a surprise that it is one of the skills I list when advertising a bookkeeper position.  Attention to detail has several meanings but includes  being thorough and accurate. So when I post a job advert for a bookkeeper,…
When you start a business one of the things you need to arrange is a bank account to enable you to keep your personal and business spending separate. If you are starting as a sole trader/self-employed with just a little income initially it is tempting to…
During my 15 minute drive to work each day I encounter 17 roundabouts.  Its a pleasant journey with no nose to tail traffic and stopping only to give way at the roundabouts and a possible halt at a single set of traffic lights.  This morning was no different except…
During the current crisis HMRC has allowed VAT registered businesses to defer paying their VAT liability for the period between 20 March and 30 June 2020.  This deferment applied to VAT periods ending 29 February, 31 March and 30 April where payments would be due by 7 April, 7 May and 7 June. That deferment period is now finished…
Although lockdown has restricted business for many, as a payroll provider to a large number of businesses I know that some businesses have been taking on new employees over this period. There will also be individuals who have used this time to start their own business and will be planning for the costs involved in taking on their first employee as the business grows.  So if you are a potential new employer here are some points you need to think about along with the costs you need to plan for.…
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