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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?

The Chancellor's 2018 Spring Statement

The Chancellor presented his first Spring Statement on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Here's our handy guide to what he said ...

Want To Pop In For A Chat On Our Sofa?

The new tax year is approaching and if you're looking for a new firm of accountants to work with, why not pop in for a chat on our sofa?

Gifting Money: Inheritance Tax Tips For Grandparents

I have noticed not just a flurry of snow but a flurry of clients wanting to know if gifting money to their grandchildren will save them tax ...

Starting A Business: The Importance Of Market Research

If you're thinking of starting a business, then you may already have a great idea, but remember to do your market research first ...

Car Finance Options For Small Business Owners

There is a range of car finance options for small business owners, though there are many variables you need to take into consideration ...

Is Copywriting The Cinderella Of Marketing?

Copywriting is an often overlooked but vitally important part of your communications strategy. Stephen Church explains why ...

A Collective Sigh Of Relief By Accountants Around The UK

We made it to February! There's a collective sigh of relief by accountants around the UK as the tax return melee comes to an end ...

Outsource Your Payroll: Is It Becoming A Bit Of A Headache?

For businesses with less than 25 employees, it's cost effective to outsource your payroll function rather than try to do it yourself ...

Have You Survived Blue Monday 2018?

Blue Monday 2018 was last Monday 15th January. It was apparently the most miserable, depressing day of the year. I asked myself why?

HMRC And The Great Tax Return Reminder

For both our business and individual clients, the tax return filing deadline for their 2016/17 accounts is rapidly approaching ...

Take A Look At What Essendon Has Coming Up This Year

Essendon has hit the road running with a very successful breakfast meeting at Towcester Racecourse spotlighting GDPR ...

2018 Is Going To Be A Very Interesting Year

I don't normally make resolutions for the new year, but my goal is to continue to grow the reputation of Essendon in 2018 ...

The Great Essendon Accounts Christmas Mural 2017

Every year at Essendon Accounts, we like to do a team exercise that gives us all a few hours out of the office working together ...

Running A Successful Family Business

A family business is made up of different close relatives. A common set of talents, skills and experiences can either make it or break it ...

Merry Christmas From Everyone At Essendon Accounts!

On behalf of Essendon Accounts and Tax Limited, I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas ...

Essendon Accounts: We've Launched Our New Website!

Essendon Accounts are excited to announce that we have launched our new website. There are some exciting changes going on ...

Tax Return Filing Deadline Reminder!

Here's your reminder that there are only 9 weeks until the tax return filing deadline. Are your accounts in order?

Was The Autumn Budget 2017 Good For Business?

Philip Hammond delivered the UK's Autumn Budget 2017 yesterday. What did he announce that could help small businesses?

Building A House Of Hope: A Retrospective

I've been back from South Africa for a couple of weeks. Roger asked me to write my thoughts on my trip to build the House of Hope ...

Budget 2017 : My Budget Predictions

Philip Hammond will present his first Autumn Budget, a switch from the usual spring date. I really don't envy the Chancellor ...

Do You Want To Exit Your Business And Retire?

As owners, we go through the excitement of forming our business, working hard to build it up, only to risk throwing it all away at the end ...

Generation Y And Their Love Of Social Responsibility

Over the past few weeks, many of you will have been following Jake's adventures in South Africa helping to build a House of Hope ...

What Is The Difference Between A Car And A Van?

I am sure to most of you the answer is obvious; however, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may challenge that view ...

The Criminal Finances Act 2017

The Criminal Finances Act means companies and partnerships can be criminally liable where they fail to prevent tax evasion ...

The Benefits Of The Director's Loan Account

If you operate your business by way of a limited company, you may have heard us accountants referring to a director's loan account ...

£1,000 Tax Allowance For Trading And Property Income

So many things come and go through the annual budget, and we usually learn about it too far in advance to actually remember ...

An Update On Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital is essential to the Government's plan to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get tax right ...

Workplace Pensions: The Absolute Basics Of Auto Enrolment

In 2012, it became compulsory for employers to give their employees the option of joining a workplace pension scheme ...

Essendon Is Celebrating Its Third Birthday!

I sometimes find it quite hard to believe that Essendon has been trading for three years now. I have great pride of what we have achieved ...

Common VAT Errors And How To Avoid Them

Whatever type of business you run, VAT can be a complicated area of taxation. Here's our list of common VAT errors ...

You Want Me To Walk For 10 Minutes A Day?

Public Health England recommends we all walk for 10 minutes a day. But when you're self-employed, how will you find the time?

Rent-A-Room Income Tax Relief

Rent-a-Room income tax relief is available to anyone renting a furnished room in their main UK residence ...

Building A House Of Hope In South Africa

I wanted to visit South Africa to help build a House of Hope, and when I asked for the time off, Roger immediately said yes ...

Sole Trader Vs Partnership Vs Limited Company

If you're trying to decide on the best structure for your business then you can choose from sole trader, partnership or limited company ...

The Eight Wonders Of Essendon

After returning from the start of Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight, I was inspired to list the Eight Wonders of Essendon ...

What Is VAT And Do I Need To Register?

Value Added Tax (commonly known as VAT) is a form of taxation applied to the sale of goods and services by UK businesses ...

Can You Be Employed And Self-Employed At The Same Time?

Yes you can be! This could apply to you if you run your own business, but also work for an employer at other times ...

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

You don't know what you don't know! How many times have I heard my business mentor say this to her other clients?

Raising The Jolly Roger Over The Solent

Essendon Accounts and Tax raised its flag and chartered two boats for a day of fun packed action on the Solent ...

HMRC: Pay Your Tax Demand With An iTunes Gift Card

Did you know that HMRC lets you pay your tax with iTunes gift cards? No, neither did I. Um, wait a minute. It's a scam. Don't do it ...