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A Champion Accountants guide to company audits

October 3rd, 2018

What is an audit? An audit is an inspection of a company from someone outside of your business. An auditor will examine your financial statements and accounts, as well as ensuring any controls and processes are fit for purpose. Do I need an audit? Not all businesses require an external audit for regulatory purposes. Some […]

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WLTP: How businesses can navigate the changes affecting vehicles

September 21st, 2018

September sees the latest ’68 number plates arrive, but it also heralds a much more serious change. A year ago, the automotive sector’s outdated and unrealistic ‘NEDC’ emissions and fuel economy tests were replaced by WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) and RDE (Real Driving Emissions). Completely new models launched in and after September […]

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Breaking up doesn’t need to be hard

September 5th, 2018

We have witnessed so many different reasons as to why business owners choose to go their separate ways, from family fall outs through to changes in circumstances. Whatever the case may be, it is crucial that each party seeks advice and support from an expert tax planner to ensure this complex process utilises the right […]

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The tax implications of pension flexibility

August 23rd, 2018

Those aged 55+ now have increased freedom and flexibility around accessing their pension savings. Our clients often ask us whether they should withdraw money early from their pension.  Whether you’re looking to withdraw a lump sum or you want a regular income, our Wealth Management Team are on hand to discuss your options and work […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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