The Benefits of Having An Accountant

As the owner or director of a company you are responsible for the accounting records and must ensure they show a truthful financial position of the business.  If you have no experience this may be a daunting task. It is essential that good records are kept so accounts can be prepared to the current statutory requirements to avoid incurring penalties. …

Changes in Lettings Relief

Taxpayers can currently obtain a rather generous tax relief (known as ‘Lettings Relief’) on sales of buy-to-let properties. This applies if they have been rented out a property which has been their main residence. However, changes in Lettings Relief will be coming into effect in the near future. The lettings relief is currently the lowest of: The Principal Private Residence …

Benefits of Outsourcing Bookkeeping

Many business owners choose to carry out their own bookkeeping; with the main benefit being the cost savings paying a bookkeeper. However, when you look at the benefits of outsourcing bookkeeping, you may find the cost is well worth it. If the bookkeeping is relatively straightforward and the owner is content to spend their own time, away from the principal business activity, …

Rental Expenses for Buy-to-Let Properties

Ensuring you claim the correct rental expenses against your income for buy-to-let properties is not always obvious.  The HMRC Property Income Manual can be found here. This article written by  RPP Accountants explains what can and can’t be claimed as a revenue expense for buy-to-let properties.  HMRC have also produced other guidance for landlords here. The starting point for any …

Payroll

Payroll can be a very rewarding and satisfying job, especially because everyone likes to be paid on time and accurately! Communication is vital to get things right and it is worth remembering that we all have a part to play in ensuring that personal changes and information are disclosed to “Payroll and Employers” as soon as possible.  Changes in addresses marital status maternity/paternity …

Domestic Reverse Charges for the Construction and Building Sector

The Reverse Charges legislation for the Construction Industry will come into effect on 1st October 2019. There are the following questions that need clarifying: Why is the new legislation is being introduced? Who does this affect? What exactly does this affect? How does it work? What impact is this going to have on the affected businesses? Let’s start with the first question: Why? …

Auto-Enrolment Pension Contributions Increase From 6 April 2019

Auto-enrolment pension contributions are to rise from 6 April 2019 for both employees and employers. What are the increases? The minimum amount that should be paid into employee pensions rises from 6 April 2019 to 8% of an employee’s qualifying earnings. At least 3% must come from employers, while employees make up the difference. The table below shows how the …

Types of Financial Accounts for Private Companies and Filing Penalties

Considering the types of financial accounts for private companies and filing penalties that might apply is important for any business. In this article we have laid out the basic types available to assist with this. Financial Accounts Financial accounts are a historical record of your business’ performance over a past period, generally a year. They may be used for the …

Sole Trader vs Limited Company

The choice between Sole Trader vs Limited Company can be a tough one, It’s important to consider the issues and make the right decision to suit your needs. Some of the items to consider when deciding on the best option are: Limited Liability Taxation Reporting Requirements Recognition Limited Liability One of the main advantages of having a limited company is …

Keeping Good Books And Records

Keeping good books and records is an essential skill if you are running your own business. It makes it easier for you to keep track of your income and expenditure, and thus how well your business is doing. It also simplifies matters in the event of an HMRC investigation, as well as making life easier for your accountant in preparing …