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Don’t get de-banked!

Why do businesses get de-banked?   MP’s on the Treasury Committee have recently looked at an issue that has been creeping up on some SME’s recently and causing real problems – where your bank shuts your account without your instruction and without warning.   The committee have discovered that this has occurred 130,000 times over…

IR35 “Show” Cases: Where are we now?

Although it has been with us since 1999, IR35 tax rules will probably be unfamiliar to most readers. These anti avoidance rules were introduced to stop workers reducing their taxes by structuring their affairs to get paid via their own personal service company. Where ‘caught’ by IR35, such arrangements would then collect the same amount…

Sky rugby commentator wins IR35 appeal

Former rugby player and Sky commentator, Stuart Barnes, has won his £695k appeal against HMRC. HMRC determined his contract for Sky from 2013 to 2019 should be subject to Income Tax and National Insurance.   Using previous case law, it was agreed there was mutuality of obligation (MOO) and a sufficient degree of control by…

Considered using the Cycle to Work Scheme?

If you were interested in offering your employees the Cycle to Work Scheme, there are three main methods you could use:   Salary Sacrifice Loan Pooled cycles   Method 1: Salary Sacrifice Under this method, your employee would be agreeing to sacrificing part of their salary before tax and you would provide the hire of…

Mini Budget: Repeal of IR35 reforms

>>> Stop Press <<< The Government reversed this decision on Friday 14 October 2022.   Todays ‘fiscal event’, announced by the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, promises the 2017 and 2021 off-payroll working reforms of IR35 will be scrapped, to simplify the tax system.   Those laws had required the end client, and not the contractor, to…

New HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC have released their latest Advisory Fuel Rates to be used from 1st March 2022.   These rates should be used when you:-   Reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars Need employees to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel   Rates The advisory electricity rate for fully electric cars…

HMRC deadline now, effectively, 28-Feb-22

Due to the continuing difficulties that Covid continues to present, today HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have announced they are waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving extra time, if needed, to complete your 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due.   HMRC…

Business credit rating: top 10 tips

For some businesses having a strong credit rating is fundamental to their future success. It can affect availability of supplier credit, the ability to borrow and eligibility to be on customer/prospect tender lists as an approved supplier. For many other businesses, however, this credit rating is totally irrelevant. Experian is one of the major rating…

COVID: business interruption insurance claims?

Those businesses with comprehensive commercial insurance cover will possibly be covered for ‘business interruption’. This cover will typically include 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…

Which Xero package is right for me?

If you’ve never used a cloud software before coming to a decision on what package to choose can be quite daunting. Well, in this blog I am going to summarise what different packages are available and tell you what each package does and also, what it doesn’t do.   There are three packages that Xero…