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Consultation on the Operation of Insurance Premium Tax

26th July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Budget, Business, CASH, HMRC, HMRC, News, Tax
Consultation on the Operation of Insurance Premium Tax

HMRC has launched a consultation to review the extent to which the emerging practices are leading to ‘unfair tax outcomes’ in the administration and collection of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT). HMRC’s consultation document states: ‘We have been made aware of business practices involving administration and arrangement fees which may be leading to unfair tax outcomes in the insurance industry.’ ‘This Read the full article…


Payment On Account Confusion

23rd July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Budget, Business, HMRC, News, Tax, VAT
Payment On Account Confusion

Under self assessment taxpayers are required to make payments on account of their tax liabilities. The payment on account instalments consist of two payments on account of equal amounts: the first on 31 January during the tax year and the second on 31 July following the end of the tax year. These are set by reference to the previous year’s Read the full article…


New Measures To Ensure Small Businesses Get Paid On Time

19th July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, Limited Companies, News
New Measures To Ensure Small Businesses Get Paid On Time

The government has announced a package of measures to ensure small businesses get paid on time. Under the proposals, large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as part of a robust package of measures. The measures include:   proposed new powers for the Small Business Commissioner to tackle late payments through fines and binding Read the full article…


Preparing the Workforce for EU Exit

17th July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Brexit, Budget, Business, local interest, News
Preparing the Workforce for EU Exit

Over two thirds of EU citizens that are currently in the UK are here for work. The government is advising that if these individuals plan to remain living and working in the UK, after it leaves the EU, they can now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). EU, EEA, or Swiss employees, and their family members, can apply to Read the full article…


Tax Gap Remains Low

15th July 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, HMRC, HMRC, News, Personal Tax, Tax
Tax Gap Remains Low

HMRC has published a report showing that the UK tax gap in 2017/18 is estimated to be £35 billion.  This is 5.6% of total theoretical tax liabilities, and a small increase of 0.1% from 5.5% in 2016/17. HMRC therefore secured 94.4% of all tax due. The tax gap is the difference between the amount of tax that should be paid Read the full article…


VAT Fuel Scale Charges

10th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, Business, HMRC, Limited Companies, Tax, VAT
VAT Fuel Scale Charges

HMRC has issued details of the updated VAT fuel scale charges which apply from the beginning of the next prescribed VAT accounting period starting on or after 1 May 2019. VAT registered businesses use the fuel scale charges to account for VAT on private use of road fuel purchased by the business. Please do get in touch for further advice Read the full article…


Government Confirms Implementation of Pensions Dashboards

8th June 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Budget, HMRC, Pensions and Payroll
Government Confirms Implementation of Pensions Dashboards

The government has confirmed that the initiative to introduce a pensions dashboard will go ahead. Pensions dashboards will allow those saving for retirement to view information from multiple pensions in one place stating that the dashboard will ‘open up pensions to millions’, and ‘provide an easy-to-access online view of a saver’s pensions’. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will bring Read the full article…


Cashflow – How to speed up your Cash Conversion Cycle

20th May 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Budget, Business, CASH, Client Focus, Limited Companies, News, Tax
Cashflow – How to speed up your Cash Conversion Cycle

In the next in our series of articles on how to improve your cashflow we take a look at the cash conversion cycle and actions you might be able to take to shorten it. I think it’s safe to say that we all agree that turning what we do into good, hard cash as quickly and profitably as possible is Read the full article…


Cashflow – Mind Your Margins to Increase your Cashflow

14th May 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Budget, Business, CASH, Client Focus, Limited Companies, News, Tax
Cashflow – Mind Your Margins to Increase your Cashflow

In the next in our series of articles on how to improve your cashflow we take a look at margins, and how simply understanding them better, and focusing on them more regularly will have a knock on effect on improving your cashflow. Simply monitoring and understanding the margins in your business will ensure you ask better questions about your cashflow Read the full article…


Cash really is King – how to improve your cashflow

3rd May 2019 | Written by In Accountancy | Categories : Accounts, Budget, Business, CASH, Client Focus, Limited Companies, News, Tax
Cash really is King – how to improve your cashflow

We have been working with a number of clients recently around improving their cashflow. I continue to be surprised by the number of businesses out there who focus on growth above all else and forget the rule that Turnover is Vanity, Profit is Sanity, but cash is KING! And it’s such an important area of focus for any business, that Read the full article…