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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 Such businesses should now be planning ahead for when this support is gradually withdrawn: 21-Jun-21 Deadline for arranging with HMRC when to repay COVID related…

Ian Piper
8th December 2020 BREXIT: Is your SME ready?

As 1-Jan-21 draws ever nearer what changes should your SME business prepare to adopt ready for Brexit: Exporting Goods to the EU  Despatches are renamed exports. Apply for an EORI number (which will look something like: GB123456789123). Check whether what you sell is a restricted good that requires an export licence. Check whether there are…

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…

Elizabeth Prior
10th November 2021 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…

Vanessa Pearson
10th November 2021 IR35 tax bill of £281k for Sky presenter

HRMC continue their campaign against broadcasters, with another successful case against former Sky presenter Dave Clark. Mr Clark presented and commentated on professional darts tournaments, and tried to argue his company’s relationship to Sky was one of self-employment.   His appeal has been rejected, with almost all the usual “badges of trade” having failed. Sky…

David Salmon
9th November 2021 Pensions experts say a minimum of £10,900 a year needed to retire

A single person will need post-tax annual income of £10,900 for a minimum standard of living in retirement, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).   The minimum retirement living standard is based on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Minimum Income Standard and covers a typical retiree’s basic needs plus enough for some social…

Jodie Pheby
8th November 2021 Self assessment deadline… the countdown is on!

The new year is fast approaching and so is the deadline for filing your Self Assessment tax return – 31 January 2022 will be here before you know it.  Our tax experts can ensure everything is completed accurately and submitted on time.   Even if you file your 2020/21 tax return now, you do not…