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  • Environment friendly
  • Family use
  • Finance
  • Fuel charges
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  • Mileage allowances
  • Parking tickets
  • Road traffic law
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  • Second cars
  • Tax
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Commercial law

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  • Bidding for work
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  • Intellectual property
  • Miscellaneous
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  • Non executive directors
  • Qualifying as a director
  • Resolutions
  • Shadow directors
  • Shareholders
  • Shareholders' agreements
  • Shareholders meetings
  • Share valuations
  • Website requirements
  • Winding up a company
  • Wrongful trading

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  • Mistake
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  • Price rises
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  • Terms and conditions
  • Variation
  • Without prejudice

Coronavirus

  • News

Corporate social responsibility

  • Implementation

Cost cutting

  • Cost cutting
  • Lease vs purchase
  • Miscellaneous
  • Office space
  • Productivity
  • Professional fees
  • Saving costs
  • Stock control
  • Utilities

Data protection

  • Data protection
  • Data subject access reviews
  • Documents
  • GDPR
  • ID theft
  • Information commissioner
  • IT equipment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Personal data
  • Personnel files
  • Registration
  • Sensitive information

Debt recovery

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  • Debtor's status
  • Debt recovery
  • Debt recovery letters
  • Insolvency proceedings
  • Interest
  • Litigation
  • Miscellaneous
  • payment terms
  • Prompt payment code
  • Suing online

Directors' investments

  • Alternative investments
  • Gold
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pensions
  • Property
  • Scams

Directors liability

  • Accidents
  • Annual returns
  • Contracts
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Debt recovery
  • Directors liability
  • Driving
  • Electronic communications
  • Environment
  • Fire safety
  • Health and safety
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Legal duties
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupiers liability
  • Personal advice
  • Personal guarantees
  • Personnel
  • Shadow directors
  • Tax
  • Working time

Directors pay and benefits

  • Bonuses
  • Directors benefits
  • Directors expenses
  • Directors pay
  • Directors' tax
  • Dividends
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paying a family member
  • Paying a spouse
  • Pensions
  • Share issue

Directors personal finances

  • Divorce

Directors status

  • Contractor
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-executive director
  • Self-employed
  • Shadow directors
  • Shareholder
  • Status

Discrimination

  • Age discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Personnel
  • Race discrimination
  • Sex discrimination
  • Victimisation

E-commerce

  • Data protection
  • Domain names
  • E-commerce
  • Electronic communications
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Miscellaneous
  • Website testing

Environment

  • Directors liability
  • Environment agency
  • Environmental protection
  • Green energy
  • Green initiatives
  • Miscellaneous
  • Reducing waste
  • Single-use bags
  • Vehicles
  • Waste

Family companies

  • Employing family members
  • Husband and wife companies
  • Income shifting
  • Shareholdings
  • Tax avoidance

Finance

  • Accounting
  • Accounts
  • Accounts payable
  • Audits
  • Budgeting
  • Business angels
  • Business grants
  • Business valuation
  • Buying
  • Cash or credit
  • Cash or electronic payment
  • Cost management
  • Credit cards
  • Credit management
  • Dealing with the bank
  • Debt and invoice factoring
  • Government finance
  • Interest rates
  • Investors
  • Invoicing
  • Leasing
  • Making a complaint
  • Miscellaneous
  • Raising finance
  • Share selling
  • Trade references
  • Venture capital

Health & safety

  • Accident investigation
  • Accident management
  • Consultants
  • Directors liability
  • DSE
  • Employers liability
  • Enforcement action
  • Fire safety
  • First aid
  • Health & safety
  • Insurance
  • Meetings
  • Miscellaneous
  • noise
  • Portable appliance testing (PAT)
  • PPE
  • Property
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety notices and warnings
  • Self-employed contractors
  • Sickness prevention
  • Staff canteens and food
  • Stress
  • Temperature
  • Toilet facilities
  • Violence against staff

HMRC

  • Budget announcements

Insurance

  • Buildings cover
  • Business interruption
  • Cars
  • Contingency planning
  • Cover for homeworking
  • D&O
  • Employers liability
  • Income protection
  • Keyman
  • Liability
  • Life assurance
  • Making a claim
  • Medical insurance
  • Miscellaneous
  • Premiums
  • Professional indemnity
  • Warranties

Intellectual property

  • Enforcement
  • Ownership

IT

  • Broadband options
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Data protection
  • Domain names
  • Emails
  • IT requirements
  • Laptops and portable devices
  • Meetings online
  • Miscellaneous
  • Phones
  • Tax and VAT issues
  • Virtual assistants
  • Viruses and hacking
  • Web browsing
  • Websites
  • Wi-Fi provision

Landlord and tenant

  • Bailiffs
  • Dilapidations
  • Directors guarantees
  • Forfeiture
  • Landlord's obligations
  • Lease or licence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Protected lease
  • Rent arrears
  • Rent review
  • Repairs
  • Respossession
  • Service charges
  • Tenant fees and charges

Legal compliance

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  • Bribery
  • Companies act
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Electronic communications
  • Enforcement action
  • Intellectual property
  • Legal costs
  • Licensing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Modern Slavery Act
  • Money laundering
  • New legislation
  • Parking
  • Red tape
  • Training
  • Wrongful trading

Marketing

  • Advertising material
  • Advertising standards
  • Business awards
  • Business purposes
  • Naming a business
  • online marketing
  • Price setting
  • PR management
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Trends

Miscellaneous

  • Family law
  • Franchising
  • Hire cars
  • Insolvency
  • Invoices
  • IT
  • Jury service
  • Litigation
  • Miscellaneous
  • Money laundering
  • Professional services
  • Scams
  • Stock control
  • Travel
  • Vans

News

  • Banking, finance and insurance
  • Cars, vans and fuel
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Consumer law
  • Coronavirus
  • Health, safety and environment
  • New legislation
  • News
  • Personnel
  • Property
  • Tax
  • VAT

Overseas trade

  • Contract terms
  • Currency issues
  • Customs declarations
  • Enforcement
  • International trade
  • Jurisdiction issues
  • Letter of credit
  • Liability issues
  • Miscellaneous
  • VAT on overseas deals

Payroll

  • End of year procedures
  • Foreign workers
  • RTI
  • Student loans

Pensions

  • Auto-enrolment
  • State pension
  • Tax relief

Personnel management

  • Annual leave
  • Appraisals
  • Attendance
  • Bonuses
  • company driving policy
  • Company driving policy
  • Compensation
  • Contracts
  • Cutting costs
  • Delegation
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissal
  • Disputes
  • Employee costs
  • Employee second jobs
  • Employment status
  • Equal pay
  • Expenses payments
  • Fit notes
  • Flexible working
  • Freelance workers
  • Grievances
  • Harassment
  • Maternity
  • Mediation
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Misconduct
  • New employee statements
  • Notice periods
  • Part-time employees
  • Part-time workers
  • Pay reviews
  • Payroll
  • Pensions
  • Performance management
  • Probationary period
  • Recruitment
  • Redundancy
  • References
  • Resignations
  • Rest breaks
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Retirement
  • Right to work
  • Sabbaticals
  • Service agreements
  • Sickness
  • Smoking
  • Staff productivity
  • Staff surveillance
  • Statutory rates
  • Telephone, e-mail, internet use
  • Training
  • TUPE
  • Varying employment terms
  • Working conditions
  • Working time
  • Workplace internet use
  • Workplace meetings
  • Zero hours contracts

Professional services

  • Accountants
  • Freelance workers

Profit extraction

  • Benefits and expenses
  • Buying a property
  • Company cars
  • Directors loans
  • Family salary
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit extraction methods
  • Remuneration
  • Tax avoidance

Property

  • Business rates
  • Buy to let
  • Environment
  • Health and safety
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Office space
  • Planning permission
  • Tax

Scams

  • Company hijacking
  • Grants
  • Scams
  • Social media
  • Telephone and broadband scams

Succession planning

  • Capital gains tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • Miscellaneous
  • Passing on the family company
  • Selling the family business
  • Tax avoidance
  • Tax planning

Tax and VAT

  • Accountancy fees
  • Agency rules
  • Assessments
  • Benefits in kind
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Cash accounting
  • Charity related issues
  • Code numbers
  • Company cars
  • Corporation Tax
  • Dealing with the taxman
  • Digital supplies
  • Director's loan accounts
  • Director's transactions with company
  • Dividend waiver
  • Employer loans
  • Entertaining
  • Entrepreneurs' relief
  • Equipment used by employees
  • Exempt income
  • Expenses
  • Family employees
  • Gifts
  • Home to work travel
  • Homeworking
  • Imports and exports
  • Inheritance tax
  • Investment income
  • IR35
  • Landfill tax
  • Loan interest
  • Loss relief
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • MOSS
  • National Insurance
  • Offshore investments
  • Online filing
  • Optional remuneration arrangements
  • Option to tax property
  • P11D
  • PAYE
  • Penalties
  • Pension contributions
  • Personal allowances
  • Raising finance
  • Rate bands
  • Safety equipment
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Salary vs dividends
  • Sponsorship
  • Staff tips and gratuities
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Tax avoidance
  • Tax codes
  • Tax credits
  • Tax deductions
  • Tax-free benefits
  • Tax-free childcare
  • Tax incentive scheme investments
  • Tax investigations/enquiries
  • Tax payments
  • Tax records
  • Tax returns
  • Termination payments
  • Training costs
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  • VAT
  • VAT bad debt relief
  • VAT recovery
  • VAT registration
  • VAT returns

Travel

  • Compensation
  • Delay compensation
  • Miscellaneous
  • National Insurance
  • Tax

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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 21 - issue 22 - 23.09.2020

RECRUITMENT

New “Kickstart Scheme” for employers

The government has launched a fund to subsidise employers who take on new young employees. Is this something to take advantage of?

COMPANY LAW

Dealing with a tricky shareholder request

What if a shareholder tries to call a meeting to remove the board? The directors know that he’s a troublemaker, but how should you respond to such a request?

TAX

Closing or selling your company - shifting capital gains tax

If you’re closing your company or selling your shares in it you’ll have to pay tax on any capital gain you make. How can you share the gain with your spouse or other family member to reduce the overall tax bill?

HEALTH & SAFETY

The dangers of a second job

Times are tough and there’s a chance that some staff might want to take on second jobs elsewhere. Is this something you need to worry about and if so, how do you manage the potential risks?

TAX

How not to manage your director’s loan account

Directors’ loan accounts (DLAs) are a popular target for HMRC tax enquiries yet many directors aren’t clear about the purpose of their DLA or even that they have one. What steps should you take to prevent your DLA becoming a tax problem?

PERSONNEL

How to stop employees stockpiling holiday

Employees who’ve not been able to take their annual holiday entitlement during 2020 may have the right to carry their untaken leave forward for up to two years. There are several ways you can stop this. What are they?

WASTE

How to deal with all that waste PPE?

You’re providing face coverings, gloves, etc. to staff if they want to use them. But how do you dispose of all the extra waste? You’ve heard that it needs a specialist hazardous waste collector - is this true?

WASTE

Single-use carrier bag charge extended

BANKING

Q&A - can we refuse cash payments?

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