What do I need to know about changes to the National/Minimum living wage?

Back in November of last year it was announced that as of April 2021 The National Living and National Minimum Wage would be increasing. Not only has the amount risen but the age in which employees become eligible has lowered.  As an employer it’s vital that you know these facts so that you are paying your employees fairly. All employees … Read More

Christmas gifts for your clients and employees and tax implications

Christmas is an ideal time to express your gratitude to your clients and employees. A simple gift or gesture can go a long way. But does this need to come out of your own pocket or can you claim the gifts as expenses? Client Gifts and Tax The guidance from HMRC is that you can claim for gifts worth up … Read More

What steps do I need to take to prepare for the VAT deferral?

The VAT deferral scheme ended on 30th June this year. In September the chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that businesses who opted to defer their VAT between March 2020 and June 2020 will now be able to pay the amount in instalments over a longer period of time. Originally businesses who took advantage of the VAT deferral scheme were due to … Read More

Beware HMRC fraud! Our insiders account…

Fraudsters are becoming more imaginative in their ways of scamming people out of their money. It’s unfortunate to say that there are so many scams doing the rounds, and HMRC are aware that their name is being used to convince people to hand over their money. According to UKfinance.org in 2019 criminals managed to steal over £1.2 billion through fraud … Read More

What is a PAYE Settlement agreement, and when do I need to pay it?

A PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) is an agreement with HMRC which allows you to make a one off payment annually, to cover all Tax and National Insurance due on; Minor, Irregular, Impractical expenses or employee benefits. Therefore you do not need to; Put them through your payroll Include them in your year end P11D forms Pay Class 1A National Insurance … Read More

Why has Making Tax Digital (MTD) been introduced and what are the benefits?

HMRC are aiming to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrators in the world. They have made significant changes to the way our tax system works to make it more efficient, effective and less complex in order to achieve this. The HMRC carried out live pilot testing in order to prepare for MTD. They invited some businesses to … Read More

MTD Upgrade to v25 of Sage 50

Thinking about a Sage 50 version 25 MTD Upgrade? We’ve had a number of phone calls from clients wanting to upgrade to Sage 50 version 25 in order to be compatible with the upcoming MTD requirements. The good news is that if you’re already a Sage user, the price you pay should be lower than the RRPs you may already … Read More

Common FAQ’s about Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital – What does it mean for your business? If you are VAT registered then you will need to start to keep a digital record  (i.e. use software to record all your VAT invoices and receipts). If you are not VAT registered then digital record keeping is optional. If you are VAT registered and do not currently use … Read More

Making Tax Digital – More Information

Making Tax Digital Making Tax Digital is a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their accounts. HMRC’s plan is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. MTD is making fundamental changes to the way the tax … Read More