Latest Blogs in General Practice
Elizabeth Prior
6th December 2021 How to set up a bank account in Xero

One of the first things you will need to do when starting to use Xero is to connect your bank accounts, this is a relatively simple step by step process.   Step 1: Go to the accounting menu on the top blue ribbon bar and select bank accounts.   Step 2: Click add bank account…

Vanessa Pearson
2nd December 2021 Tax exemption of Christmas parties/gifts

Businesses may be hoping they can hold their annual Christmas parties this month. Providing the event is annual, open to all employees and the total cost, including VAT, is less than £150 per person (including non employee guest attendees), this will be a non-taxable benefit in kind (ie free of PAYE tax and National Insurance…

Ian Piper
1st December 2021 COVID: Business interruption insurance claims?

Those businesses with comprehensive commercial insurance cover will possibly be covered for ‘business interruption’. This cover will typically include costs/losses arising from events that close or severely disrupt operations. The COVID pandemic has already led to many claims under this. The insurance industry (as you might expect?) has warned that few policies are likely to…

Richard Alecock
30th November 2021 Self Assessment Deadline: Just 2m to go

There are now only 2 calendar months before the tax return filing deadline of 31 January 2022. Do not delay – file it today!   If you are not sure if you need to file a tax return, did you…   Work for yourself between 6 April 2020 and 5 April 2021? Become a Company…

Elizabeth Prior
26th November 2021 XERO: User roles and permissions

For businesses that require staff to have access to their Xero but do not want their employees to be able to view all details of their business there are different permissions and roles you can allocate to different users.   Roles Adviser- This role is the highest role you can give someone; therefore, it includes…

Ian Piper
11th November 2021 COP26: Net Zero disclosures in future statutory accounts?

Arising from the current COP26 global warming conference, Sage, The ACCA and the ICC have called on urgent action to be taken to standardise and simplify carbon reporting to help SMEs join the race to Net Zero. Their new report titled ‘Think Small First’ calls on policymakers to remove the existing administrative burdens that come…

Ian Piper
4th November 2021 Super early retirement? – Not if under 47 now

The government is to increase the earliest age pension savers can access their pension pots from 55 to 57, wef 6 April 2028. Members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service schemes will not be affected by this increase.

Ian Piper
24th September 2021 Covid Support: End to most measures

When COVID directly impacted upon the UK in Spring 2020, the Government introduced a range of measures specifically targeted to help SME businesses survive the expected period of financial strain. Such businesses should now be planning ahead for when this support is gradually withdrawn: 21-Jun-21 Deadline for arranging with HMRC when to repay COVID related…

Stephen Malkin
23rd September 2021 MTD Delay

Making tax digital (MTD) for income tax is being delayed, originally due to come in from 6 April 2023 this has now been delayed. New proposed timetable: 6 April 2024: MTD for individual landlords with >£10k pa of rental income. 6 April 2025: MTD for general partnerships. No sooner than 2026: MTD for corporation tax.…

Megan Turner
16th August 2021 Does my group need to prepare consolidated accounts?

Under the Companies Act 2006 and the Financial Reporting Standard FRS 102, a group of companies must produce consolidated financial statements. This means that the financial statements for each of the members of the group are combined into one set, as if it was one entity.   If the group classifies as a small, then…