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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 ...

The Deadlines Continue And P11D Forms Are Next

Reporting season is upon us, and there's a whole raft of forms that need filing soon. P11D forms should be filed by 6th July ...

Reminder: P60 Forms Are Due By 31st May

If you haven't already issued them, all your employees will need a copy of their P60 form by 31st May 2019 ...

7 Top Tips On How To Be A Successful Landlord

This week, I have 7 top tips that Mark I'Anson sent out on an email recently about how to be a successful landlord ...

HMRC's Payment On Account System Glitches

HMRC has been upgrading its IT systems, but things go wrong. It's Payment On Account system had a glitch recently ...

New Thoughts From The Business Godparent

I'm known as the Business Godparent due to the incredible level of help and support I offer to the clients of Essendon Accounts ...

April 2019: New Payslip Legislation

The new tax year always brings changes with it and one of the things which have come into force is the new payslip legislation ...

When To Register Your Business For VAT

Many businesses feel that registering for VAT is the right thing to do, but are you sure it's the best thing right now?

What's Changing In The New Tax Year?

Saturday 6th April was the start of new tax year 2019/20, and changes have been made to both personal and business taxation ...

Year End Tax Planning

The 2018/19 tax year is rapidly coming to a close. Have you considered every aspect of your tax planning?

Countdown To Brexit: Importers, Exporters, Customs And VAT

The United Kingdom is supposed to leave the EU on Friday 29th March. The date may shift, but the challenges still remain ...

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 ...