Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Accountants can sometimes be seen as too expensive, or a luxury only needed for bigger companies, but there are a number of ways in which accountants are helpful for even the smallest of businesses. Saving Tax I was speaking to a business owner recently who had prepared his own accounts and tax return for a… Continue reading Why is an Accountant Good for my Small Business?

Hot Topic! Maximise your capital allowances

Changes were announced to capital allowances in the Autumn Budget. These include an increase in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) available. Make sure your business does not fall foul of the transitional rules which apply. Increased AIA from 1 January 2019 You will no doubt be aware that the maximum AIA has been set at… Continue reading Hot Topic! Maximise your capital allowances

Gift Aid – The benefit rule

When someone makes a donation, you might want to give the donor something in return (an item or service) to say thank you. This is known as a ‘benefit’. Literature that tells donors what your charity does eg a newsletter, or a simple plaque to thank a donor, doesn’t count as a benefit. The value… Continue reading Gift Aid – The benefit rule

Why has my tax code changed?

“How do I know if my tax code is correct?” Your tax code is used by your employer to calculate how much tax needs to be deducted from your pay. HMRC tells your employer which code to use to collect the right amount of tax from you. You can check your income tax online to… Continue reading Why has my tax code changed?

With effect from 6 April 2018, all PILONs will be chargeable to Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

With effect from 6 April 2018, all PILONs will be chargeable to Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs), whether or not they are contractual payments. Payments or benefits paid in connection with the termination of a person’s employment will be split into two elements. The first element, post-employment notice pay (PENP) received… Continue reading With effect from 6 April 2018, all PILONs will be chargeable to Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

Are You Washing Away Your Potential Tax Refund?

If you wear a uniform or protective clothing at work and you have to wash it yourself you may be due a tax refund from HMRC, and if you don't claim it, you'll lose it after 4 years. This typically applies to: Retail staff Hospitality & catering Nurses, doctors, dentists and other healthcare workers Police… Continue reading Are You Washing Away Your Potential Tax Refund?

Tax-free childcare roll out

The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages. The scheme first made its debut in April 2017 and although there have been initial systems problems, HMRC's aim is to have the scheme open to all eligible… Continue reading Tax-free childcare roll out