Getting more value from your accountant’s fees

One of the perennial questions I get asked by clients is how accountants work out their fees. From their perspective as a business owner, accountant’s pricing models can seem confusing – and that’s not good for their customer experience To resolve this confusion, more and more accountants have moved over to fixed-fee pricing for compliance […]

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The advantages and limitations of cloud accounting

Over the past five years or so, online accounting software or ‘cloud accounting’ has seen a huge rise in popularity. A recent survey commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses found that 37% of respondents used cloud-based accounting solutions. Cloud accounting has become the way many businesses record their financial transactions and the way forward […]

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It’s time to act on pensions auto enrolment!

As we mentioned back in October of last year, the clock is ticking if you’re not yet ready for the changes to workplace pensions. So I make no apologies for returning to the area of auto enrolment, which for many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will become a very significant reality during 2016 or very […]

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Changes to the taxation of residential property tax

Do you own and let property? If so, there are a number of changes coming up that you need to be aware of. The way your rental income is calculated is changing – and, more importantly, so are the deductions you can make from your rents for income tax purposes. These changes include: An increase […]

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Dealing with change: building flexibility in your business plan

Even the best laid plans of mice and men can sometimes go awry. Planning is an integral part of good management, but you never know when an unexpected roadblock will be thrown in your path. When you’re running a business, there are an infinite number of variables than can change over the course of your […]

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Changes to the taxation of dividend income – don’t lose out!

For as long as I can remember (and that’s a long time!) rumours have abounded that dividends would become subject to National Insurance. At present there are considerable savings in National Insurance contributions (NIC) to be made if a minimal amount is paid as salary and any balance of a remuneration package is paid as […]

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Holidays: a time to reflect on your start-up business

Holidays are a great time to step back from the everyday stress of running a business and to reflect on the future of the company. But, as a busy business owner, can you justify that holiday? The point you’re at on your business journey informs how you view that summer break. If you’re a start-up, […]

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