The History of a Trial Balance

A trial balance is probably much older than you would expect, in fact it dates back to 1458! It’s fascinating that we are still using this process over 500 years on. It was originally believed that Fra Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli also known as Luca di Borgo after his place of birth, Borgo Sansepolcro, Tuscany, was the first to describe a trial balance … Read More

How to add festive cheer to your invoices

As Christmas is quickly approaching we thought it would be great to tell you about adding some Christmas cheer to your Sage 50 Accounts invoices. There’s nothing like a personal touch on your invoices to put a smile on your clients face and help them to get into the Christmas spirit during these difficult times. You can easily add a … Read More

Pressures on Financial Services throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

These are strange times that’s for sure, and Accountants and Bookkeepers have really felt the pressure of the added stress that they have faced since the beginning of lockdown. Businesses have faced financial strain from the impact of the Coronavirus and as a matter of urgency they were turning to their Accountants and Bookkeepers for help and advice.  Although great … 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

Do you know about the changes to VAT with GoCardless?

Until April of this year, GoCardless have been exempt of charging VAT on fees, but following on from the government’s announcement in April of this year, that VAT will need to be charged on all fees for supplies, it meant that GoCardless were required to charge VAT on all of their fees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic GoCardless made the … Read More

How to choose the right bookkeeper for your business

A bookkeeper offers a vital service for your business. They save you time and money, giving you the freedom to concentrate on your area of expertise! But how do you choose a bookkeeper? There are many things to consider when taking on a bookkeeper; Attention to detail and problem solving The most important part of a bookkeepers job is attention … Read More

Coming in 2020 TWO Sage 50Cloud Payroll year end updates

Come and join our support community of Sage 50 Payroll Users on Facebook for tips and advice. This year the Government have announced that the Budget will be issued later than usual on 11th March 2020. Due to this Sage (UK) will be releasing two Sage 50Cloud Payroll updates. The 1st update will be released in February 2020, which will … Read More

Don’t forget to back up your payroll data

We highly recommend you make a note to complete regular backups of your Sage payroll data. That way if anything happens to your computer, you can always restore your previously backed up data so you don’t need to process everything again. You should try to take at least one backup to an external device such as a USB. How do … Read More

Sage win Accountancy Software Provider of the Year 2018

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Sage win Accountancy Software Provider of the Year 2018 The British Small Business Awards event is now in its third year. The awards celebrated the UK’s small business sector. They recognise Britain’s best sole traders, micro businesses and small companies, as well as the services of the providers and advisers that support them. At the start of 2017, there were … Read More