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Preparing to save tax – now’s the time!

The tax year is rapidly drawing to a close. Now is a great time to make sure all your ducks are in a row to make the most of the new 2020/21 year. Here are six tips to get you started. But don’t just depend on this list. Pick up the phone to your accountant and make sure they go through with you a comprehensive checklist of all the measures you need to be taking.

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Be smart with your Christmas expenses

Ebenezer Scrooge. Now there was a feller who understood how costly Christmas can be. You can be sure that he’d have had a pretty good idea too about which expenses he’d be able to claim on with HMRC. In our final blog of the decade, we have some seasonal words of...

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Self-Assessment 2019 – Deadlines & Penalties

Vital tax advice for Trades and other self-employed workers Get your diary ready. There are some key tax deadlines on their way and if you miss them … you’ll be paying a small fortune. In this blog, we’re going to look at these deadlines and find out why they might...

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When and how to incorporate

Over the last decade, corporation tax rates for most companies – irrespective of size - have fluctuated between 19% and 21%. The main rate of corporation tax is expected to be cut to 17% from April 2020. Current corporation tax rates are still pretty favourable and...

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VAT registration – sooner or later?

Once a business is up and running, the next major administrative area to be faced often concerns the subject of VAT. At first glance, it looks complicated - not to mention time-consuming - particularly for small businesses. However, taken one step at a time, the rules...

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Just starting out

As long as HMRC can be satisfied that a business is being run on a commercial basis with a view to making a profit, they will usually allow taxpayers to claim tax relief for a trading loss in one tax year against other taxable income (for example PAYE income or a...

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MTD software – what do you need?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT went live on 1 April 2019. VAT registered businesses with VATable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 are required to comply with the requirements of MTD for VAT from the start of their first VAT accounting period...

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Family companies – optimal salary for 2019/20

For personal and family companies it can be beneficial to extract some profits in the form of a salary. Where the individual does not have the 35 qualifying years necessary to qualify for the full single-tier state pension, paying a salary which is equal to or above...

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Director’s salary or bonus?

Given current tax rates, paying a dividend rather than a salary will often be a more cost-effective way of withdrawing profits from a company. Tax is currently payable on any dividend income received over the £2,000 annual dividend allowance at the following rates: 5%...

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