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Budget 2018: the key changes

“Spreadsheet Phil turns Santa Claus”, Chancellor Philip Hammond declared in his Budget speech as he attempted to avoid a house of horrors two days before Halloween. On the surface, Hammond revealed plenty of treats for taxpayers, although sceptics suggest he loosened...

Self-assessment for first-timers

The number of tax returns submitted in 2016/17 hit a record high of 10.7 million. That figure’s set to rise for 2017/18 with more people going through self-assessment for the very first time. If you earned more than £1,000 outside of PAYE in 2017/18, received more...

Preparing for Making Tax Digital

With autumn in the air, our team of accountants continue to help owners of VAT-registered businesses make the transition towards digital accounts. That’s because, subject to any further delay, all businesses with annual taxable turnover of more than £85,000 will need...

Securing funding for your business

Sourcing funding is a vital component of running a successful business, whether it’s getting your idea off the ground, easing a cashflow crisis or financing the next stage of its development. The first port of call for most established business owners is their bank,...

Extracting profits from partnerships

Depending on how many business partners are involved in your partnership, each partner takes their slice of the pie and pays income tax on it accordingly. This should be a key part of your business plan, and there are several ways for you or your partners to get paid...

Setting up payroll for the first time

You’re starting a business and recognise the need to take on employees to help you share the load, but paying them in cash isn’t an option as you’ll be breaking the law. You usually need to register to pay income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) through...

How to set up as a sole trader

So you’ve had enough of being on the treadmill working for someone else and decided it’s time to break free and go solo. The good thing is you’re not alone as the number of sole traders, which are classed as businesses with no employees, grew 25% quicker than any...

Spring Statement 2018: round-up

Chancellor Philip Hammond resisted any temptation to make significant tax changes for the sake of it when delivering his first Spring Statement on 13 March 2018. There were no juicy rumours in the lead-up to the event, no red briefcase and no photoshoot outside 11...

Deregistering for VAT

If sales are slowing down in your business and forecasts look like your taxable turnover will bring you under the VAT threshold, it’s probably time to consider deregistering for VAT. You can only do this if your business expects its taxable sales in the next 12 months...

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