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The Chancellor's Spring Statement 2019

The Chancellor presented his Spring Statement on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Here's our handy guide to what he said ...

To Claim, Or Not To Claim ... That Is The Question!

When you're in business, it's essential to have your mindset focused correctly on your allowable business expenses ...

Do You Know What The Self-Assessment Penalties Are?

February is a busy time for HMRC. Based on prior years, they'll probably issue at least one million self-assessment penalties ...

Essendon Accounts Joins List Of UK's Leading Accountants

We are delighted to announce that we have been handpicked as a top UK accountancy firm by Handpicked Accountants ...

The Ultimate Deadline: It Needs A Proactive Approach

Only two things are certain in life, death and taxes. But today, you might be surprised to learn that we don't want to talk about tax ...

IR35: Is Next Year Going To See A Massive Change?

Back in 2000, Gordon Brown introduced what is known as IR35 legislation in an attempt to stop 'disguised employment' ...

Car Tax And Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles

In 2020/21, changes will happen to company car tax benefit-in-kind. These changes affect ultra-low emission vehicles ...

The Tax Return Filing Deadline Is Fast Approaching

The 2017/18 tax return filing deadline is fast approaching and you really don't want to get your tax return wrong ...

Brexit: Preparing For A No-Deal EU Exit

After the respite of Christmas, Brexit debates are back on the telly. So what happens if we exit the EU without a deal?

New Year, New Ideas, New Thoughts From The Business Godparent

2019 is going to be a challenging year. With so much uncertainty around Brexit, things are going to be tough for a while ...

10 Ways To Reduce Your Tax Bill Over Christmas

Gifts and events are all part of the build-up to Christmas and it feels good when you can reward the loyalty of staff and customers ...

Merry Christmas From Essendon Accounts And Tax!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous new year ...

Do You Know The Employment Status Of Your Workers?

Employment status can be tricky to determine sometimes, especially when we now have the gig economy ...

Shareholder Agreements: The Often Unknown Effects

Shareholder Agreements define the boundaries of the responsibilities and requirements of those that own the business ...

Joint Ventures Can Reduce Risks For Startups

Entrepreneurs know there's a skill in reducing risk as far as possible. I believe joint ventures are a good way to achieve that ...

Claiming Tax Relief On Property Investments

We are in the midst of preparing tax returns, particularly for those who claim tax relief on property investments ...

The Director's Loan Account

Extracting profit via the Director's Loan Account means there is a tax implication, but you can get at that pot of money ...

Get Our Autumn Budget 2018 Summary

On 29th October 2018, Philip Hammond delivered his last Budget before Brexit. So, what exactly did the Chancellor announce?

Small Businesses: What If We Leave The EU Without A Deal?

Brexit is very important right now, so what will happen to the UK's importers and exporters should we leave the EU without a deal?

Act Now Ahead Of New Payslip Changes

Did you know that there are just 6 months left before new legislation comes into force which changes the detail of payslips ...

Are You Claiming The Marriage Allowance?

The Marriage Allowance allows one partner in a married couple or civil partnership to transfer part of their tax-free allowance ...

Making Tax Digital for VAT: IT Is The Way Forward

Let's face it, that mad rush at the end of a financial year to make sure everything is 'in order' is stressful and unpleasant ...

Business Continuity: Because Bubbles Tend To Burst

It's been ten years since the financial crisis began, but is your business continuity plan ready for the next shockwave?

What's Happening With Class 2 National Insurance?

The Chancellor has been mulling over changes to Class 2 National Insurance. They were going to be abolished ...

Beware Of Fake HMRC Websites And Emails

HMRC have released figures on the number of fake HMRC websites it's taken down in the past year. The number tops 20,000 ...

Why Is Everything About VAT Just So Complicated?

We could blame Europe as most of our VAT rules are based on EU legislation written by the founder members of the EC ...

What To Do When The Computer Says No!

It's a hot topic at the moment with clients trying to raise finance for their next business venture that the computer says no ...

Improve The Profitability Of Jobs With Xero Projects

I often get asked about time tracking and how to find out which jobs are the most profitable. I always recommend Xero Projects ...

Making Tax Digital Moves Up A Gear

HMRC's march towards Making Tax Digital for businesses moves up a gear with the VAT part of the programme starting next year ...

Common Reporting Standards And A Requirement To Correct

Offshore tax liabilities should be disclosed and settled by 30th September. A requirement to correct needs to happen now ...

The Future of Tech: My Predictions

I'm turning over blogging duties to IT guru Lionel Naidoo. Here are Lionel's predictions for the future of technology ...

Closure Of The Childcare Voucher Scheme On 4th October

As of 4th October 2018, the Childcare Voucher Scheme will be closed to new applicants. So, what's replacing it?

Celebrating Get Out Of The Doghouse Day!

In the doghouse with a spouse, significant other, friend, business associate, client or supplier? It's Get Out Of The Doghouse Day!

Property Investors: Looking For A Coach And Mentor?

I presented at Mark l'Anson's property conference last week. He offers coaching and mentoring for property investors ...

HMRC And PAYE Settlement Agreements

HMRC aren't renowned for trying to help reduce your tax bill, so a PAYE Settlement Agreement is rather useful ...

Why Blogging Is A Must For Any Small Business

Essendon has been blogging for a while and it has brought in enquiries that we wouldn't have received with just a website ...

Human Resources: The Importance Of Getting HR Right

New clients, with a handful of employees, have admitted to not having all their Human Resources paperwork in place ...

Top 5 Reasons Cloud Accounting Is Good For Business

Cloud accounting is good for business as it saves you time and worry. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should make the switch ...

What Is A P11D And When Does It Need To Be Filed?

A P11D is issued by HMRC. It requires employers to disclose items or services that they receive in addition to their salary ...

Dude, My Boat Has Been Found!

The sun is out and many are in holiday mode. But did you know a third of small business owners didn't have a holiday last year?

Online Trading And Value Added Tax

With the rise of the internet, people are turning their hand to selling online and panic, as they approach the Value Added Tax threshold ...

Celebrating 14th May and Accounting Day!

Accounting Day 2018 is upon us. It's the national day that nestles nicely between Top Gun Day on the 13th, and Chocolate Chip Day on 15th ...

Why You Should Create A Business Plan

If you have a proactive business mentor like I do, you will have it drummed into you that must create a business plan ...

Keep Your Cool If You Haven't Filed Your 2017 Tax Return

For those who have yet to file their 2017 tax return, I recommend they keep their cool and work on getting things in order ...

Do You Know Your Companies House Filing Deadline?

There are 2 documents that must get to Companies House each year, the confirmation statement and annual financial statements ...

The Power of Management Accounts

At Essendon, we work hard to keep on top of your management accounts and take care of your business throughout the year ...

Cyber Essentials: Are You Protected Against A Cyber Attack?

Essendon has been investing heavily in its IT infrastructure and processes to secure our IT and is now Cyber Essentials certified ...

Employment Law Changes From April 2018

At the start of the new financial year, I thought I'd let you know about a few employment law changes which have just taken place ...

What Does A Pizza And Tax Planning Have In Common?

Ok, I'm going to put you out of your misery: the last day of the tax year coincides with Deep Dish Pizza Day. Pizza and tax planning anyone?

Reduce Your Energy Costs and Increase Your Profits!

Business owners understand that if you reduce your energy costs you'll see increased profits. But who has the time to negociate?