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Online tax returns – FAQs

New year marks a busy period for nigh on 5 million self-employed workers, with the deadline for submitting online tax returns fast approaching. You should already have registered for self-assessment with HMRC and received your 10-digit unique taxpayer reference (UTR)....

Key changes from Autumn Budget 2017

Nobody quite knew what to expect from Autumn Budget 2017, with the government remaining tight lipped in the run-up to the chancellor’s unusually witty speech. Normally rumours, or a lack of them in this case, are a sign of things to come and it was no different when...

Sage One – the basics

Most traditional accounting software is outdated and often tedious to use, but if you’re mindful of the ongoing transition towards digital accounts it’s likely you’ll be aware of cloud accounting. For those of you who aren’t, what sets cloud accounting apart is that...

Receiving your state pension

The government has confirmed the state pension age will rise to 68 between 2037 and 2039 – much earlier than originally planned between 2044 and 2046. So if you were born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978 you will have to remain in work for an extra year before...

Tips to reduce your corporation tax bill

Although we’ve yet to reach the year-end, it’s always good to plan ahead when it comes to managing your taxes. All companies are required to pay corporation tax on any profits made during their accounting period. The rate for company profits in 2017/18 is 19%. While...

Choosing your business structure

So you’re an aspiring entrepreneur looking to set up your own business. You have a product or service to sell, and know which sector you would like to operate in. But there is 1 thing still to decide – what type of business do you want to register or trade as? What...

Company secretary: do you need one?

So you’ve set up a limited company and assembled a team of directors and shareholders to manage the day-to-day running of your business, but do you have someone to manage your company’s financial and legal standards? If not, a company secretary might be able to help....

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