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When running your own business, every penny counts and ensuring you keep accurate and thorough records is the best way to protect your profits. The following tips are designed to get you started with keeping your essential records accurate and up to date, so you can find whatever you need, whenever you need it. Keep…

Getting on the wrong side of the tax man is never a good idea, but sometimes life gets in the way and you might find yourself submitting your tax return later than the deadline. So what happens if you miss the all-important cut-off date? There is a zero tolerance policy on tax returns, which means…

Starting up your new business is exciting, from idea to execution there are new challenges to overcome and exhilarating times ahead. However, as with everything, it isn’t all fun and games and there are some serious and far less exhilarating things to consider… partnership agreements being one of those. No matter how tedious or boring…

In established businesses we can often transact with large sums of money without batting an eyelid, but when it comes to investing in a new idea or business investors will naturally be much more cautious. The biggest hurdle to starting your business will often be finding investors, willing to part with their cash. Investors can…

If you are a small business owner who uses the VAT Flat Rate Scheme, new changes to the amount of VAT you will need to pay are heading your way. Who will it affect? If you are a goods based business and spend a reasonable amount on goods including raw materials then you shouldn’t be…

If you are the owner of a limited company, chances are you are aware of the April changes to dividend tax, but the question is, how will these changes affect you and how much will you be paying compared to 2015/2016? We have created the following guide to help you understand these changes and what…

Auto-enrolment is arguably one of the biggest changes to face businesses of all sizes in recent years. We have created the following guide to help you understand auto-enrolment and work place pensions better and get to grips with what it means for you as an employer. What is auto-enrolment? With an ageing population and dwindling…

Whilst becoming a sole trader is often viewed as a less complicated and more attractive prospect when starting up a company, another great way to build your business is as a limited company. The word limited relates to your liability as a director in the company and allows you to keep your personal finances separate…

You have to spend money to make money, which every business owner and self-employed person will tell you, so it is essential that you accurately calculate and declare your business deductions for costs. This will mean that you only pay tax on the profits you make, rather than all money coming in. Knowing what can…

The National Minimum Wage is the hourly rate that you as an employer must legally pay the majority of your employees in return for their work. It is dependent on age and if they are part of an apprenticeship scheme. The National Living Wage is slightly different, currently sitting at £7.20, it was first introduced…

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