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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

The Autumn Statement 2013 – Preview The Government’s plans to secure the economic recovery are set to be revealed at the Autumn Statement 2013 on Thursday 5th December by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Whilst in Washington attending the International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting, Osborne told reporters: “I still sit round that table at the G-20 with one of the highest budget deficits. Britain continues to have some very serious public finance challenges that need to be...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Seminar in September On the 10th September 2013, we will be holding our biannual seminar, this time focusing on Cost Conscious Growth. The event will be held in Gravesend, Kent – featuring a welcome breakfast on arrival, key speakers and the opportunity to network with other industry professionals over drinks. A morning and evening session are available with the three professional speakers presenting at both. The speakers bring a wealth of experience from their different backgrounds: Finan...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Construction Industry Scheme The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) sets out special rules for tax and national insurance (NI) for those working in the construction industry. For those contractors and subcontractors it is important to understand and comply with the regulations set out by the HMRC. The deadline for submission is 14 days after the end of the tax month. A key reminder for contractors: even if no subcontractors have been paid during a month, they still have to make a nil return....

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

VAT Annual Accounting Scheme Over the years HMRC has introduced a number of VAT schemes helping small businesses reduce the burden of administrative duties. The annual accounting scheme means companies are only producing one VAT return a year, in comparison to the usual four. Instalments still need to be paid throughout the year based on the businesses annual liability. Application to join the scheme must be made on form 600(AA) which can be found at the back of VAT Notice 732. Eligibility f...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

5 Steps to Improve your Cash Flow In this tough economic climate it is more important than ever to ensure that cash flow is a priority in your business. Here we explain 5 steps to ensure you keep control of your cash flow and keep your business solvent: 1.        Understand your cash flow: Just like forecasting sales, dedicating time to analysing and forecasting your cash flow will give you powerful insight into the current and future status of your business, which will allow you ti...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Share Ownership The distribution of shares is becoming an increasingly popular incentive which companies are regularly using to recruit or retain staff. It offers an attractive alternative to cash bonuses and according to new research in the UK and USA, it can also increase the productivity of your staff. Employees can obtain shares in their company without necessarily suffering a large tax bill through two routes. The first being Share Incentive Plans but the most popular form of share owne...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Employment Benefits Following HMRC rules and regulations remains imperative to understand where employee benefits should be taxed and by how much? All business earnings are taxable but unless the benefit can be converted into cash there is no taxable benefit. Whilst this is a general rule, variants and a lot of small print occur therefore specialist advice should be consulted. Policies are detailed and can be subject to change as they have done in the recent budget for 2013. The Independent...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Focus on Business Seminar This week saw the launch of our Focus on Business seminars. Our first seminar highlighted some of the legal and financial sides of running a business. The event took place at the Gravesend Best Western Hotel on the 21st of May as a breakfast session, where attendees were treated to breakfast and coffee as well as presentations from two recognised industry experts who offered their professional insights into several important topics. The first speaker was Adam Young,...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Buy to Let Properties The UK property market, whilst not at its strongest, remains an attractive investment, especially in comparison to the currently inconsistent stock market. Buy to let is the investment into a property with the expectation of capital growth, with the mortgage costs covered through the rental income received from tenants. However, investors must be wary and confident that rent received is greater than expenses going out, such as letting fees, maintenance, service charges ...

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22 October
Oct 22
22nd October 2018

Buy to Let Properties The UK property market, whilst not at its strongest, remains an attractive investment, especially in comparison to the currently inconsistent stock market. Buy to let is the investment into a property with the expectation of capital growth, with the mortgage costs covered through the rental income received from tenants. However, investors must be wary and confident that rent received is greater than expenses going out, such as letting fees, maintenance, service charges ...

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