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Interest rates: Does your savings account work for you?

July 27th, 2018

Every business wants their money to work harder but according to research from Aldermore Bank, more than 60% of SMEs currently earn zero interest on their savings. It’s not surprising that financial pressures are the main reasons behind this figure, with 40% of those surveyed lacking sufficient monthly savings to accumulate any significant interest and […]


Prepare for Making Tax Digital

July 23rd, 2018

If you’re burying your head in the sand about Making Tax Digital, you might want to start preparing for the upcoming changes, which are now only a matter of months away. Making Tax Digital is the government initiative which aims to transform the tax system, helping ensure businesses get their tax right first time. From […]


Changes to Company Car Tax Rates Explained

July 21st, 2018

A company car is an excellent perk to give an employee. However, calculating the appropriate tax charge to pay to HMRC can be complicated. There are also considerations to make when choosing a vehicle, as those driving a car with high CO2 emissions will be penalised via a hefty charge. With tax charges increasing each […]


Demystifying IR35 for businesses: Separating fact from fiction

June 29th, 2018

Understanding IR35 not only determines how contractors run their business and how much tax they pay, but also supports organisations in retaining flexible workers who operate through their own limited companies or personal service companies. In April 2017, the Government shifted the responsibility for determining IR35 status away from the contractor and onto public sector […]


Travel and Subsistence: Your Guide to Reporting Travel Expenses

For many businesses, regular employee travel is an essential part of their operations. Whether it is generating new customers, servicing existing ones or attending conferences and other events, travel often incurs a number of ad hoc expenditures. If a company pays for these expenditures on behalf of their employees, they will have tax, national insurance […]


The countdown is on to Making Tax Digital

May 23rd, 2018

It’s less than a year to go until Making Tax Digital comes into effect for millions of UK businesses and a number of selected companies have already begun submitting their tax returns as part of HMRC’s latest trial. Ahead of the April 2019 roll out, a handful of businesses are helping to shape the new […]


Business rates changes: Could you make a saving?

May 22nd, 2018

The Spring Statement is an opportunity to reflect on economic growth and borrowing forecasts, as well as announce forthcoming changes to taxation and Government spending. Albeit a relatively short speech this time around, the Chancellor did announce plans to accelerate the next business rates revaluation from 2022 to 2021, meaning taxpayers will now benefit from […]


Xero vs Sage 50: What’s better for my business?

May 21st, 2018

Deciding which type of accounting software is best for your business can be challenging, especially when they offer so many similar core features. Most SMEs narrow their search to two of the very best options – Xero and Sage – but deciding between the two can be tricky. The fundamentals Xero and Sage 50 are […]


A Champion guide to GDPR – less than one month to go

April 27th, 2018

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) has received lots of attention in the media over the past couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing something about it. GDPR is still very much a big deal for SMEs. Businesses throughout Europe need to make changes to how they collect, store and monitor data […]


April tax changes 2018: What they mean for you

The new tax year signals a number of legislation changes for businesses and individuals. To keep you up to date with the latest reforms, here’s our rundown of what is most likely to affect you as of 6th April 2018: Personal Allowance rises The new threshold sits at £11,850, meaning there is no tax payable […]


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