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28th September 2018 Top 5 tips for start-up businesses

Businesses are born in many ways but there are some common considerations for all start-ups. Legal form Consideration needs to be given as to the how you wish to set up and structure your business. If you are going it alone perhaps a sole trader could be the best route or, if there is more…

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14th September 2018 Sage 50 VAT T Codes

Sage 50 VAT T Codes. Sage 50 Accounts book keeping software populates its VAT return by using tax (T) codes to indicate which VAT rate to apply to each transaction. Whenever you post a transaction in Sage 50 Accounts you must enter the relevant T code:   T0 – Zero rated transactions (eg most food, books, new builds,…

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13th September 2018 Making Tax Digital …… Only 200 days to go!

It’s time to decide how you will digitalise your records in order to meet HMRC requirements ahead of April 2019 HMRC wants the UK to be one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world, improving efficiency, effectiveness and ease of compliance. Their plans signal the end of paper accounting for millions across…

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4th September 2018 EIS Test Case: Capital gains tax exit exemption not linked to income tax entry claim.

In a recent HMRC test case (Ames v CRC), the Upper Tribunal considered whether it was necessary for EIS income tax relief to have been claimed when an EIS investment was made, for the transaction to then potentially qualify for exemption from capital gains tax when the investment was sold. For the case in question,…

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4th September 2018 Preserving your business income

It’s the holiday season, many will have recently been or soon be travelling abroad. As well as marvelling at the sights, we will also be struck by how these countries are run, and compare them to life back in home.   It is easy to be jealous of: State pension levels in Sweden Police numbers on…

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3rd September 2018 Making Tax digital is nearly here

As we head towards the end of summer and we start to prepare the children to go back to school, life starts to get back to normal. If you run your own business you may want to use this time to start planning ahead for the changes in the way you file your paperwork with…

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31st August 2018 Lettings relief increases the amount of the gain that is sheltered from capital gains tax

Occupying a let property as the only or main residence at some point during the period of ownership will not only shelter the gain relating to the period for which the property was occupied as the main residence (and also that relating to the last 18 months of ownership), but will also entitle a claim…

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30th August 2018 Preparing for Retirement

Retiring early is the dream for all of us, it is a chance to do more of what you enjoy, yet unsurprisingly the majority of us have never tried to calculate how much money we will need to save to live comfortably in retirement.  Your likely income needs will depend upon whether in retirement you…

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29th August 2018 Beware the fraudsters

We are fortunate to have many worthy charities in and around our area all making a huge contribution to our community. When it comes to the fraudsters charities do not have any exemption, in fact quite the opposite, they are often seen as a soft touch.  The Charity Commission has just published ‘Tackling Charity Fraud’…

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20th August 2018 When an employee becomes a trustee

When an employee becomes a trustee it is important to consider what the salary is paying them for – either trustee duties or for their contractual employment. There are only limited circumstances when trustee boards can pay a trustee for carrying out their trustee duties. Whilst there is a general power to pay a trustee…

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