3 December 2013
If you are involved with running a charity, you should be aware of the special accounting and tax provisions that relate to charities.
2 December 2013
Nobody ever plans a cashflow crisis, yet they occur with alarming frequency - usually due to a failure to plan ahead or to make adequate provision for the unexpected.
3 November 2013
This guide is intended to help you with your 2013/14 financial and tax planning.
2 November 2013
This guide is intended to help you with your 2013/14 company tax planning
3 October 2013
In this HR update, we look at zero hours contracts, some dos and don'ts when hiring new staff, a racial discrimination case, and some latest news in the HR world.
2 October 2013
Most new regulations affecting businesses come into force on ‘common commencement dates’ in April and October each year.
1 October 2013
Welcome to your Insider newsletter. This month, we look at guidance from small business and banking bodies on ways to make the bank manager say 'yes' to your business loan application. Financial reporting rules for the UK's 1.5 million micro-businesses were relaxed last month; we look at what this means in practice. In Your Money news, we find that ex-gratia payments of £5,000 to certain Equitable Life policyholders - announced by the Chancellor in this year's Budget - have been brought forward to this tax year. And, finally, we look at cross-Government efforts to tackle 'pension-liberation' fraud.
1 October 2013
This month, we look at the UK businesses who are forgetting to invoice and find that it could be costing up to £3.7 billion in lost revenue. We ask how your business would fare if it lost a key member of staff due to long term illness or absence. We also look at how businesses are becoming savvier with their employee benefit packages. And in Your Money news, we consider how next year's cut to the lifetime and annual pension allowances might affect your tax position.
1 October 2013
Welcome to your December newsletter. In this issue, we look at recently-released guidance on how to attract and secure crowd funding. We look at two surveys, one which found that small and medium-sized manufacturers are optimistic about the next three months and another that showed the cost of doing business is far outgrowing inflation. And, in Your Money, we look at data that suggests the traditional inheritance could be a thing of the past.
3 September 2013
This guide looks at Universal Credit, a new benefit that will replace six existing benefits with a simpler, single monthly payment.
2 September 2013
This 2013/14 guide is intended to help you and your estate planning.
1 September 2013
Welcome to your Insider newsletter. This month, we look at changes to employment tribunal rules that mean workers now have to pay fees to take an employment claim to tribunal. Elsewhere, the rise of home businesses; did you know that over half of small businesses in the UK now operate from home? In other employment news, the use of zero-hour contracts is revealed to be more widespread than originally thought, with a million workers on such contracts. And in Your Money, with the tax man collecting more than £3 billion in inheritance tax last year, are you taking advantage of legitimate ways to reduce your tax liability?
3 August 2013
Is the UK finally on the road to economic recovery? We take a look at how our economy has fared over the last six months.
2 August 2013
We take a look at what to do, and what to avoid, when starting-up a new business.
1 August 2013
Welcome to your August newsletter. This month, we look at the latest list of new regulations due to come into effect for businesses over the next six months. Elsewhere, we consider the benefits of being an employee-owned business. With two potential tax reliefs currently under consultation, we list some of the tax-incentives currently available to boost take-up of the model. It's then on to data protection; with consumers increasingly aware of how their data should be handled, are you keeping up with your responsibilities? And in Your Money, we discuss buy-to-let property investment as research reveals that some investors may have unrealistic expectations of the gains they'll realise.
4 July 2013
In this update, we focus on employee engagement best practice techniques. We also look at a recent social media bullying and harassment case study.
3 July 2013
After last year’s controversies regarding VAT on such things as pasties, caravans, self-storage and listed buildings, this has been a fairly quiet year so far regarding VAT changes.
2 July 2013
Welcome to your July newsletter. This month, we look at why job creation and business growth could be boosted by the Government's new Employment Allowance, which wipes the first £2,000 off an employer's national insurance bill.
3 June 2013
This guide focuses on company car tax rules and how tax legislation is being used to encourage businesses to acquire more environmentally-friendly vehicles.
2 June 2013
This guide looks at some important considerations when planning for income in retirement Many people spend time thinking about what retirement might look like financially, and this is particularly important now given the stock market recovery we have seen in 2013, albeit against the background of a sluggish economy and continuing low interest rates. Pension funds have been depleted by higher tax charges, the loss of compounding values between 2008 and 2013 and increased longevity. It is important to look at how much you need to save to secure your desired income and how you’re saving can be optimised for tax purposes. The applicable laws and tax regime change over time, as do economic circumstances and market-based solutions. Retirement plans should be reviewed periodically to check their adequacy.
1 June 2013
Welcome to your June newsletter. This month, we take a look at the proposed legislation announced in the Queen's Speech and consider how businesses are likely to be affected. We touch upon the relaxation of employee share buy-back rules for businesses, intended to encourage take up of the employee-ownership model. We also talk technology and ask if your business needs a more modern approach to the way it operates. And in Your Money, we discuss interest-only mortgages after research warned that some borrowers may be unable to fully repay their loans.
25 April 2013
With interest rates at rock bottom and with people now saving more, we look here at a range of tax advantaged savings options.
25 April 2013
New business rules and regulations come into effect on 'common commencement dates' in April and October each year. The new tax year also begins on 6 April, bringing new rates and allowances into effect.
25 April 2013
Welcome to your May newsletter. This month, the Government's business bank got underway, with the first £300 million set aside to lend to small and medium sized businesses. Elsewhere, new business regulations came into force on 6 April; we look at changes to national insurance contributions rules for 'sleeping' partners as well as to credit and debit card payment surcharges. And in Your Money, we look at recent research into savings habits and ask, are you making the most of your annual allowances?
1 April 2013
Welcome to your April newsletter. This month, we recap the Chancellor's Budget and look at the highlight announcements that could affect your business or personal finances. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister outlined plans to give employers greater influence over apprenticeship qualifications and standards; what would this mean in practice? We examine responses to the news that millions of UK adults have left work to care for a family member. And in Your Money news, it was announced that a committee of MPs will look at ways to reduce the number and cost of whiplash insurance claims in the UK. We look at reasons for the inquiry and responses to the announcement.