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Capital Gains Tax: A Warning To All Those Selling Property!

From 6th April 2020, if you sell your house or flat you may have to file a CGT return and pay what's due within 30 days ...

COVID-19: HMRC VAT Payment Deferrals

On 20th March 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that VAT payments to HMRC will be deferred ...

COVID-19: What Help Is Available For Sole Directors?

What sort of assistance is on offer to sole directors of small limited companies to help with the COVID-19 outbreak?

COVID-19: Self-Employed Grants Announced By The Government

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced self-employed grants last week with help for self-employed and freelance workers ...

COVID-19: The UK's New Job Retention Scheme

Recently, the most common questions I've been getting from my clients have been about the Job Retention Scheme ...

COVID-19: Latest Government Announcements - 23rd March, 2020

Last Friday, Rishi Sunak unveiled the largest direct state intervention in the economy since World War 2 ...

Urgent COVID-19 Updates For Businesses - 19th March, 2020

During this very tricky time for business, we want all of our clients to know that we are here to help you ...

Coronavirus: Curveballs, Advice And Help For Businesses

Life regularly throws us a curveball, and by Jove, the UK is having a few this year; Brexit, floods and The Coronavirus ...

Budget 2020: What Did The New Chancellor Announce?

We've had a new Prime Minister and a General Election. We now have Budget 2020. Was it worth the wait?

Budget 2020: My Predictions For An Interesting Announcement

Rishi Sunak will announce Budget 2020 on Wednesday and we can expect some interesting announcements ...

Are Your HMRC Records Up To Date?

Have you ever thought about what happens if a letter from HMRC is returned to them as undelivered?

How To Manage Email Overload

A study showed office workers receive up to 126 emails a day, and that will rise. So, how to manage email overload?

Changing Your Company Year-End

Some business owners may wonder why they may want to consider changing their company year-end ...

Coronavirus: How Could It Affect Your Business?

Currently, the cases of Coronavirus are quite low in the United Kingdom, but there are risks of exposure ...

Did You File Your Tax Return On Time?

I am hoping that everyone reading this blog post who needed to file a tax return will have submitted it by 31 January ...

National Minimum Wage Increase Due In April 2020

The National Minimum Wage increases in April 2020 in what could be the biggest ever cash boost for UK workers ...

HMRC: Be Aware Of Self-Assessment Scams!

With the run-up to the 31st January filing deadline, HMRC has issued a reminder to be aware of self-assessment scams ...

Budget 2020: Don't Mention The B Word!

Where was the budget in 2019? Especially as last year saw two Chancellors housed in Number 11. Did I miss it? No ...

Winter 2020: Welcome To The 5th Edition Of The Business Godparent!

As another decade begins, the theme of this issue is looking forward. The Business Godparent approached four gurus ...

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 ...

Keep Your Home Safe This Christmas

I always pay attention when I receive updates from the local police force. A few days ago, I got one about burglaries ...

2020 Predictions That Didn't Come True

It's hard to believe that we're at the end of another year. The world turns, we grow a little older and civilisation changes ...

Merry Christmas From Essendon Accounts And Tax!

As we enter the festive period, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas ...

Changes To Capital Gains Tax, PPRR And Letting Relief

For many, owning and selling their own home is thought to be tax-free, but with Capital Gains Tax, it's never that simple ...

Gross Domestic Product: The Economy Is Not In Recession!

The UK's Gross Domestic Product rose by 0.3% in the third quarter of 2019 with the service sector driving it forward ...

Thinking About The Cycle To Work Scheme?

Have you or your employees decided to cut down your carbon footprint and get fit by making use of the Cycle To Work scheme?

Is There Going To Be A Tax On Single-Use Plastics?

I read with interest an excellent blog by Jacky Sherman which got me wondering about a tax on single-use plastic ...

Changes To The Employment Allowance From April 2020

There are important changes to the Employment Allowance from April 2020. How it will affect your business?

Accountants Change Lives!

A recent survey of 1,000 businesses (admittedly in America), asked what they wanted from an accountant ...

Brexit: Keep Calm And Carry On?

The Prime Minister says we have a Brexit deal that takes back control and the EU say the agreement is fair and balanced ...

Welcome To The 4th Edition Of The Business Godparent!

We were excited to celebrate our 5th birthday and the Business Godparent is looking forward to the next five ...

Second Brexit Special Employers Bulletin Issued By HMRC

HMRC has issued another Brexit special employers bulletin relating to employee's social security in the EU post-Brexit ...

You Still Need an EORI Number Even If You're Not VAT Registered!

VAT-registered businesses will have an EORI number allocated to them, non-VAT-registered businesses need to apply ...

HMRC And EORI: The Brexit Edition Of The Agent Update

HMRC have published an Economic Registration and Identification number (EORI) mythbuster ...

Are You Looking For Business Funding?

If you run your own company then there'll be a time when you need to raise some business funding ...

Essendon 5th Birthday! A Thank You

Essendon was proud to host its 5th birthday party last week and I wanted to thank everyone for their support ...

All VAT-Registered Businesses To Get An EORI Number

Sajid Javid announced new plans to help businesses that trade with Europe prepare for 31st October 2019 ...

It's Official! Late Payments Cause Damage

According to recent BCM research, late payments from customers are now a more significant challenge than a year ago ...

How To Protect Your Premises From Burglars

You've invested time, energy and money in your business, and you want to protect your premises from burglars ...

Potential Inheritance Tax Overhaul

The Office of Tax Simplification has come up with a few ideas on how to deal with the complexities of Inheritance Tax ...

You're Invited To The Essendon Accounts And Tax 5th Birthday Party!

I'm very pleased to invite you to the celebration of our 5th Birthday in September at Potterspury House ...

What's The Future Of Our Taxes?

When we get a new Prime Minister, we always seem to have a number of changes to complicate our tax calculations ...

First Mandatory Quarterly Making Tax Digital VAT Returns Are Due

The first mandatory quarterly Making Tax Digital VAT Returns (for the period ending June 30th) are due by 7th August ...

What Are The Rules Around Jury Service For Your Employees?

I recently spoke to a client who had been told by one of their employees that they have been selected for jury service ...

Welcome To The 3rd Edition Of The Business Godparent!

This quarter, my introduction takes place at the EAT breakfast networking group, and we also welcome two new members to our team ...

Change Of Date For The 2020 Early May Bank Holiday

For 2020 only, the Early May Bank Holiday is moving to Friday 8th May in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day ...

Do You Know about The 'Pay Now' Button For Paying Tax Online?

HMRC has made available a pay now button on various gov.uk webpages. This facility was originally to pay Corporation Tax ...

Making Tax Digital: An Update

Many businesses have filed their last VAT return under the old regime, and we are registering them for Making Tax Digital ...

Pensions: Law Breaking Employers Are Being Targeted

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will be targetting a new wave of compliance checks at employers across the United Kingdom ...

Are You A Company Director At Risk Of Fraud?

Recently, 9,769 complaints have been made to Companies House from company directors worried about their data ...