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Could Your Accountant be Providing a Better Service?

January 18, 2018

is this all that YOUR Accountant is doing? Could your accountant be providing a better service? It makes good business sense to ensure your accounts are in the safe hands of a responsible Chartered Accountant. However, it makes even better business sense to ensure your accountant is using all their skills and experience to assist…

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MP’s Hit out at Plans for Making Tax Digital

January 16, 2017

Government plans for sweeping changes to force the UK’s businesses to “digitise tax” should be delayed due to significant shortcomings, a select committee of MPs has urged. The administrative burden could mean small firms, which the committee called the “backbone of the economy”, may “move into the hidden economy”. Furthermore, the committee concluded there had…

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Making Tax Digital is Going to Happen

January 11, 2017

Businesses should prepare now for the government’s sweeping taxation system changes which will be introduced with the Making Tax Digital programme. Although some of the implementation plans have been put back, the sooner businesses get to grips with the new system the better. The changes had been going to start as early as April 2017.…

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An example of how to increase turnover without winning any new customers

May 23, 2016

A client of ours (Amanda) started a modern and progressive dental surgery three years ago. She had grown the business from nothing, reaching breakeven quickly through word of mouth and then moving into profitability. But she felt there was so much more potential in her business. When we suggested we sit down to talk through…

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What a Business Plan can do for you and how to use it

May 22, 2016

Running a business without a business plan is like rock climbing blindfolded. Your chances of making it successfully to the top are slim. And the process will surely be a death-defying one. Contrary to popular practice, a business plan is not a means to securing financing. Instead it is a step-by-step guide to running your…

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March 28, 2016

Presented by the Chancellor on Wednesday 16th March 2016 Key points for small companies, the self-employed and individuals Income Tax Boost for Lower and Middle Earners The Chancellor has confirmed the threshold at which people pay 40% income tax will rise from its current level of £42,385 to £45,000 in April 2017. Mr Osborne claimed…

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Tax Changes for Buy-to-Let Property Owners

January 7, 2016

UK Budget Changes The Chancellor announced in July’s Budget that from 2017 he would be clamping down on buy to let landlords by removing the right to claim more than the basic rate tax equivalent in relief for mortgage interest. Tax relief will be slowly phased out, restricting it by 2020 to 20% for all…

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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – 25th November 2015

November 26, 2015

Highlights In the first combined Spending Review and Autumn Statement since 2007, the Chancellor’s emphasis was on expenditure. He nevertheless made a range of tax-related announcements, the main ones being: • Stamp duty land tax (SDLT): From 1 April 2016 SDLT rates will be increased by 3% for the purchasers of buy-to-let and second homes.…

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Partner with a Registered Chartered Accountant for a Stress-Free and Financially Fruitful Relationship

October 24, 2015

The term sole trader can often mean a business person with no office or business premises, so naturally overheads are limited as are the costs that can be declared to offset a tax bill. Let’s face it, if you work from home, there isn’t much left to offset once you buy your office equipment and…

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Qualified Counts

October 23, 2015

Cutting corners can be costly. Be sure to use a registered Chartered Accountant. If you broke your arm, would you ask someone with GCSE biology to mend it? If you were arrested, would you ask a fan of legal dramas to be your lawyer? The chances of a successful outcome would be slim, and when…

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