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The Services That Are Provided By An Accountant

The job of an accountant is to keep track of numbers that primarily are the result of business activity. Keeping track of day to day transactions such as sales, inventory, discounts, taxes and the like can get very detailed and if not...

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Self Assessment & PAYE tax gap narrows

The UK’s tax gap, which is the difference between tax collected by HMRC through self assessment, disclosure schemes and tax investigations and the amount of tax owed has narrowed to 6.4%. This is welcoming news for both the Treasury and...

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Pension Relief – availing the opportunity

Although the government has announced that pension relief will be reduced from April 2016, there is still a window of opportunity to utilise any unused relief’s from the last three years.Pension relief  is the amount that can be paid...

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Amending MOSS VAT Returns

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its guide on its Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) scheme. The guide explains how businesses can correct VAT MOSS returns.The MOSS was introduced to simplify compliance with the January 2015 change to...

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Tim Healy v HMRC – Claim for renting a flat

The decision in Tim Healy v HMRC [2015] TC04425 , published in June 2015  has shown how tax payers should demonstrate that their expenses are solely for the purpose of the trade.The ClaimIn this case, an actor failed in his claim for...

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Tax Freedom!

Tax Freedom for individual taxpayers is two days later in 2015Taxpayers in the UK are working two days longer on average in 2015 before they start earning for themselves, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has...

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Holiday pay – Contractors falling foul of IR35

Contractor getting caught by IR35 Rules successfully claimed for unpaid holiday payThe Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a judge’s decision that a general labourer, who was employed for four years before becoming a labour-only...

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Micro Businesses Fast Payers

Micro businesses tend to be the fastest to pay their invoices out of all sizes of business in the UK, according to new research.Data from Experian shows that businesses with 2 workers or less paid overdue invoices within an average...

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Do Small Businesses Value Business Plans

Up to 29% of small and medium sized businesses fail to see a reason for preparing a business plan, following research undertaken by Close Brothers Business Barometer, which takes into account views of small and medium sized business...

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Small business stresses revealed

A poll of 600 small businesses has revealed 32% of small business owners find hiring new staff as the most stressful task they have to deal with.Other tasks which affect the stress levels of a business are: 31% stated moving business...

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Success of a business

Numbers, decisions and seeing the big picture; some factors which contribute to the success of a business.Businesses need to know different numbers, not just numbers extracted in Real Time, but other figures which are forecasted such as...

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Small Business – impact of Auto Enrolment

Whilst Auto Enrolment has already been embraced by majority of the companies with more than 50 employees, there are more than 17,000 companies that are on the edge of staging.Survey of small businessA survey undertaken  showed 43% of...

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