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Companies House – Changes to Filing Dates

Companies House filing deadlines have changed The Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act became law at the end of June and with it came a raft of extensions to filing dates at Companies House. Where an extension is possible it has been automatically processed by Companies House and you no longer need to apply for permission…
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A beginners guide to business expenses

Business Expenses – A few basic rules Over the years I have seen some amazing claims for what taxpayers believe should be an allowable expense against their profits. From make-up to pet food for the guard dog. With this in mind I thought it worthwhile just going back to a few basic rules. The “Wholly…
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What is a Dividend ?

What is a dividend? One of the most common questions I am asked is whether a Company Director / Shareholder can take a dividend to reduce their corporation tax bill ? I believe it is a popular misconception that a dividend is some sort of business expense that helps to reduce bills but it most…
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Outside the box

Why the way most accountants charge is just unfair

What would you say if a restaurant asked you to pay more for a well-done steak than a rare one? You wouldn’t be happy being asked to pay more in a restaurant for a well done steak because it takes the chef longer to cook than a rare one, would you? And you wouldn’t be…
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Discretionary Grant Fund

Discretionary Grant Fund The government have recently announced an additional fund of up to £617 million for local authorities to assist businesses that missed out on the earlier grant funding for shops, hotels, hospitality etc.. This additional fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. The government are asking local authorities to…
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Profit extraction – the optimal salary for 2020/21

Profit extraction in 2020/21 – What is the optimal salary? A popular tax-efficient profit extraction strategy used by personal and family companies is to take a small salary and extract further profits as dividends. Where this approach is adopted, the starting point is to determine the optimal salary. While this will depend on personal circumstances…
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How to calculate Statutory Redundancy Pay

How to calculate statutory redundancy pay While some help is available to employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme to help them keep staff on during the COVID-19 pandemic, in some cases, it may not be possible to avoid making staff redundant. Where staff are made redundant and have at least two years’ continuous service,…
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Cash is King

Cash is King In times of uncertainty, cash is king. If you have plenty of cash or reserves to get through this period, then you do not need to read on. If not, then monitoring cash flow must be one of your priorities. We’ve already looked at reducing your fixed and operational costs and the…
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Stay visible to your customers

Why it’s more important than ever to stay visible Whilst you may be experiencing a downturn in business during this time or you may be thinking of mothballing the business in readiness for the end of the crisis now is most certainly not the time to go quiet on your customers. Actually, quite the opposite.…
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Bounce Back Loans

Bounce Back Loans The government have listened to taxpayers who were concerned that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans didn’t fit the size and requirements of smaller businesses and have therefore announced a different type of loan, launching on Monday 4th May 2020. These are loans of between £2,000 and £50,000 to assist businesses that have…
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