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A guide to hosting a successful workshop Other than the basic marketing tools, have you ever considered alternative ways to raise interest in your business? Organising a workshop to teach your area of interest to others could be just what you need to attract a new and fresh audience, as well as meeting new people […]

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ARE YOU SURE YOU OR YOUR WORKERS ARE SELF-EMPLOYED? Last year we reported that the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report calling on the Government to close the loopholes that allow “bogus” self-employment practices, which burden the welfare state but reduce the tax contributions needed to sustain it.   Most of the […]

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Three reasons your start-up needs to go digital Starting a new business is always exciting. Along with you business plan, you have the drive and determination to finally start putting your ideas into place. Whether your business is a pet store, a retail outlet or an estate agents, there’s countless things to think about and […]

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DOES YOUR ACCOUNTS SYSTEM COMPLY WITH MTD FOR VAT? Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is scheduled to start in April 2019 which means that your VAT information needs to be submitted to HMRC digitally. On 18 December 2017, HMRC published draft legislation together with examples of how the business account records might link with […]

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Another self assessment year finished on 31 January (final online submission date for the 2016/17 tax year) and HMRC has released its figures. 11,433,349 tax returns were due to be filed by midnight on 31 January and 10,637,761 (93.0%) were filed in time. There are around 745,588 self assessment tax returns still outstanding and if […]

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS TO SAVE TAX At this time of year we think about New Year’s resolutions. It is also a good time to start planning your tax affairs before the end of the tax year on 5th April. An obvious tax planning point would be to maximise your ISA allowances for the 2017/18 tax […]

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Anger is a natural emotion and can happen anywhere, whether it’s on the street, at home or at work. However, it is an essential task to diffuse anger in order to avoid any irreparable damage that may occur in the workplace. This anger could be directed towards other employees, or an employee could be angry […]

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Scottish Budget 2017 Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivered the 2018/19 Scottish Draft Budget on Thursday 14 December 2017 setting out the Scottish Government’s financial and tax plans. The announcement had been timed to take place after Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK Budget on 22 November 2017 in order to avoid ‘fiscal […]

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“BUILDING A BRITAIN FIT FOR THE FUTURE” This was the main theme of the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s second budget as he committed to spending more on infrastructure projects and stimulating the housing market. He had to put on a good performance to keep his job after criticism following the Spring Budget. His jokes were better […]

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So, an accountant and a bookkeeper are basically the same thing, right? Wrong. However, if you thought this was the case, don’t be sitting there red-faced. The two professions are often confused as being the same thing due to them sharing some similarities. Despite these similarities though, there are also many differences. Bookkeepers and accountants […]

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