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01 Feb 2021
If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably been eagerly awaiting news from HMRC about the 2021/22 thresholds for income tax, statutory payments, and national insurance contributions (NIC).
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26 Dec 2020
If you’re self-employed in the UK then each year you’ll have to fill out a self-assessment tax return to HMRC, showing your income for the year and the income tax you are liable to pay based on that. Our team of tax accountants break down the self-employed allowable expenses.
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22 Jun 2020
2020 has been a tough and stressful year for employees and people who are self-employed. The government lockdown to reduce the spread of Coronavirus essentially meant that people should work from home wherever possible. But, for many self-employed people that was not an option.
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16 Mar 2020
With the Federation of Small Businesses calling it a “pro-small business Budget”, here’s a breakdown of the key points from the UK Budget 2020 related to small businesses, tax and finance.
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21 Dec 2019
Legislation changes to IR35 are taking effect on 6 April 2020. Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about the off-payroll changes, and how you’ll be affected.
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17 Jun 2019
VAT can be tricky to get your head around at the best of times but when it comes to the world of catering it’s a whole new kettle of fish.
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04 Sep 2017
We look at the Option to Tax exploring when you should opt to reclaim input VAT on a building or development and how you can do so.
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25 Jul 2016
How can a small business owner reclaim the VAT paid on allowable business expenses clocked up while visiting other EU countries?
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22 Jun 2016
Following George Osborne’s decision to introduce a new 7.5% rate of dividend tax we consider whether dividends are still a tax-efficient option for small business owners.
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16 Jun 2016
HMRC has issued you with a tax refund - should you blow it all on a lavish holiday or reinvest it in your small business? Decisions, decisions...
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14 Jun 2016
With corporation tax set to fall to a record low of 17% by 2020, is now a good time to set up a limited company?
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08 Jun 2016
We know that keeping track of all tax rules can be hard, especially as we live in an increasingly global economy. Don't fear, that's why we're here. Your business could be hit by double taxation, make sure you are prepared.
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16 May 2016
The deadline for filing your self-assessment tax return may still be months away, but here are 5 reasons you should consider filing early.
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06 May 2016
Cost cuts have been made in the most recent budget by George Osborne, benefiting small businesses in the UK. But make sure you are aware of these stealth taxes.
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21 Apr 2016
What happens if a small business is unable to pay HM Revenue & Customs the money it owes?
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08 Apr 2016
New rules introduced in this tax year change the way tax on dividend is charged and could make it more expensive to trade as a limited company. How will it affect your business?
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10 Feb 2016
Valentine’s Day is round the corner so it’s time to stock up on your partner’s favourite chocolates and flowers. Sometimes a card is enough to say those three magic words, ‘I love you’, especially for married couples but if that just won't cut it and you're struggling to think of something orginal then you could turn to HMRC.
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05 Jan 2016
The festive season is over, the New Year fireworks have long since faded, so now it’s time for small business directors and sole traders to turn to the serious January business of the dreaded self-assessment tax return.
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23 Jul 2015
From October this year, HMRC is set to gain powers to take money directly from your bank account. While HMRC seemed to be amending legislation in line with public concerns, it now appears promised safeguards are not in place.
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28 Apr 2015
In the distant past, surplus company money was often used to buy expensive cars with which company owner-directors could have their fun, but tax on company cars soon became prohibitive. Is 2015 your only chance to save tax by buying a Porsche?
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25 Nov 2014
HMRC continue to be cracking down on travel and subsistence costs on personal tax returns for the self-employed. Here we have look at two particular example cases and their outcomes.
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14 May 2014
It might have taken a judge 147 pages to describe what Gary Barlow and his Take That cohorts did wrong but in the eyes of the law in fact none of the charges were criminal. So what's the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance?
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05 Feb 2014
With its soft sponge base, thin chocolate topping and tangy orange centre it would be hard to find someone in the UK who didn’t like the humble Jaffa Cake, well, unless you ask around the HMRC office that is. In 1991 the powers that be at HMRC tried to reclassify Jaffa Cakes as biscuits which would have pushed up the price by 20%. There was an outcry. How could the Jaffa “Cake” which goes from soft hard when stale, as opposed to a biscuit which goes from hard to soft when off, be victimised like this?!
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10 Jun 2013
In these times of austerity, tax free employee benefits are an interesting alternative to pay increases and great for improving employee morale.
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24 Feb 2021
It’s been a long time coming, but March 1st finally sees HMRC’s change to VAT rules for the construction industry come into operation - ‘VAT reverse charge on construction and building services’.
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03 Jan 2021
With Brexit finally confirmed, the New Year will bring significant changes to VAT rules for your business if you import or export from the EU. The new rules apply from 1st January.
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15 Oct 2020
It's great news for many UK businesses. In a long-anticipated update, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extension for companies that deferred their VAT because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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27 Apr 2020
With the Coronavirus keeping consumers at home, high street businesses are feeling the hit while food delivery offerings and digital subscription services are seeing a surge in sales. Here, our top London accountants will explain these rules and exemptions to explain VAT charged on delivery and postage costs.
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12 Nov 2019
There has been widespread growth among accountants in London and across the UK, especially in the past year. From the “big four” accountants to the new, innovative firms, the sector is seeing accelerated growth, which is possibly due to new regulations and economic uncertainty. Let's take a closer look.
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04 Sep 2017
With HMRC opening an ever increasing number of compliance reviews into the tax affairs of small business, Accounts and Legal now offer client a fixed fee Tax investigation Service. We look at why.
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09 Mar 2017
Here’s everything you need to know about National Insurance Contributions, the rates, the changes, who they affect and why.
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16 Jun 2016
Every business owner has an obligation to ensure they pay the correct amount of tax to HM Revenue & Customs, but that doesn’t mean they should ignore legitimate tax breaks or fail to account for deductible business expenses.
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09 Jun 2016
What can a small business do to reduce the risk of an HMRC tax investigation, and how can the business prepare in case the tax inspectors do come a-calling?
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26 May 2016
What is a dividend waiver, how is it used...and when should it not be used?
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11 May 2016
What is VAT and how do you register for it? Don't worry, we will tell you all you need to know.
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21 Apr 2016
From sandwiches to your home office, we reveal the ten top tax deductions for the owners of limited companies.
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08 Apr 2016
A lot of people have chosen to be self employed because of greater work life flexibility and the possibility for a quicker salary increase. But, is this trend changing?
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29 Mar 2016
Chancellor George Osborne has given the sharing economy a boost with a new tax allowance that could encourage more people to set up micro-businesses.
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18 Jan 2016
Which rate of Value Added Tax would a small business pay on Companies House charges?
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28 Oct 2015
Changes in the tax rules mean many landlords will see their profits decrease. So how can they mitigate the impact of the removal of mortgage interest relief?
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01 Dec 2014
There is a massive change about to take place for VAT registered businesses who supply cross border EC supplies of digital services to consumers. Make sure you're ready.
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30 Jul 2014
Despite it being alleged that it’s the footballing megastar’s father who has control over the family’s finances, judges have confirmed that Lionel Messi will probably still be prosecuted for tax evasion in the Spanish courts.
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14 Feb 2014
The IR35 legislation was put in place in 2006, to determine whether or not (from a tax perspective) a contractor is in fact an employee.
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02 Aug 2013
In these times of strained government finances, maximising tax receipts has become a key priority for the Chancellor. Make sure you don't get caught out by an inspection.
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09 Apr 2013
Payroll reporting requirements are changing. Find out what needs to be done.