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Accounting

  • Accounting errors
  • Accounting records
  • Accounting standards
  • Accounting systems
  • Accruals basis
  • Annual accounts
  • Asset class
  • Asset disposal
  • Balance sheet
  • Chart of accounts
  • Closing books
  • Cost accounting
  • Dealing with accountants
  • Depreciaton
  • Extraordinary/exceptional items
  • Filing
  • Filleted accounts
  • Financial accounting
  • Fixed asset register
  • FRS102
  • Management accounts
  • Micro entities
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Prepayments
  • Reconciliation
  • Records
  • Standards
  • Sub accounts
  • Working trial balance

Accounts payable

  • Accounts payable
  • Bitcoin payments
  • Days payable outstanding
  • Invoice coding
  • Miscellaneous
  • Purchase ledger
  • Purchase orders

Audits

  • Audit fees
  • Audit limit
  • Changing auditors
  • Internal controls
  • Miscellaneous
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Working with auditors

Banking

  • Bank charges
  • Bank selection
  • Complaints
  • Interest accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overdraft facility

Brexit

  • Brexit

Budgeting

  • Business plans
  • Continuous budgeting
  • Cutting budgets
  • Forecasting/planning
  • Key performance indicators
  • Miscellaneous
  • Setting annual budgets

Business valuation

  • Business sale
  • Valuation methods

Buying

  • Buying
  • Defending prices
  • Developing relations with buyers
  • Efficient buying
  • Incremental analysis
  • Miscellaneous
  • Procurement policies
  • Tax compliance

Cash

  • Burn rate
  • Excess cash

Cash flow

  • Avoiding cash flow problems
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Late payment cost
  • Managing cash flow
  • Miscellaneous

Company cars

  • Buying new cars
  • Car benefits
  • Company car tax
  • Fuel rates
  • Mileage claims
  • Miscellaneous
  • Tax-efficient cars
  • VAT

Company law

  • AGM
  • Annual returns
  • Balance sheet
  • Companies House
  • Director shareholder death
  • Miscellaneous
  • Share alotment
  • Share buy backs
  • Shareholders agreement
  • Share transactions
  • Types of company
  • Unlawful dividends

Contracts

  • Drafting new contracts
  • Indemnities
  • Interim payments
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Renewal
  • Retention of title
  • Verbal contracts

Cost benefit analysis

  • Cost benefit analysis

Cost control

  • Capacity planning
  • Electricity
  • Management fees
  • Marketing costs
  • Office space
  • Overheads
  • Resource management
  • Staff time reporting
  • Waste reduction

Cost cutting

  • Accommodation
  • Advertising
  • Bank accounts
  • Billing
  • Buy to let
  • Carrier bags
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Cutting costs
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Equipment
  • Exchange rates
  • Finance
  • Flexible working
  • Health and safety
  • Holidays
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • IT equipment
  • Logistics
  • Meetings
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mobile phones
  • Office costs
  • Online purchasing/selling
  • Personnel costs
  • Professional services
  • Property/building costs
  • Retail purchases
  • Sandwiches/food
  • Sickness absence
  • Social media
  • Software
  • Staff costs
  • Stock control
  • Supply contracts
  • Tax
  • Time wasting
  • Training
  • Travel and transport
  • Tyres
  • Utility bills
  • Waste management
  • Welfare facilities

Cost of finance

  • Bank finance
  • Interest calculations
  • Interest rates
  • Leasing
  • Miscellaneous

Cost of sales

  • Cutting costs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pricing
  • Staff costs
  • Stock valuation
  • Strategic cost management

Credit control

  • Cost of debtors
  • Credit accounts
  • Credit controller
  • Credit limits
  • Database of badpayers
  • Days sales outstanding
  • Debtors control account
  • Debt recovery
  • Discounting
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Interest rate
  • Late payment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas Payments
  • Personal guarantees
  • Pre-emptive measures
  • Retention of title
  • Staff communications
  • Trade debtors
  • Warning signs

Cryptocurrencies

  • Bitcoin

Debt recovery

  • Court action
  • Legal letters
  • Miscellaneous

Expenses and benefits

  • Billable and non-billable
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Company cars
  • Credit cards
  • Cycle to work
  • Directors' personal expenses
  • Dispensations
  • Employee fraud
  • Employee loans
  • Expense claims
  • Fuel
  • Gifts
  • Miscellaneous
  • P11Ds
  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel and entertainement expenses

Finance function

  • Accounts staff
  • Delegation
  • Delivering value
  • Developing the team
  • Finance assistant
  • Finance manager
  • Finance projects
  • Internal controls
  • Job description

Financial analysis

  • Assessing profitability
  • Capacity
  • Constraints analysis
  • Dividend
  • Growth modelling
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit and loss ratios
  • Ratio analysis
  • Segmentation
  • Solvency monitoring
  • What if analysis

Financial management

  • Balanced scorecard
  • Billing controller
  • Financial planning
  • Growth
  • Historic performance
  • Leverage
  • Management reporting
  • Profits
  • Stock control
  • Time management
  • Valuing stock
  • Working capital

Forecasting

  • Cash flow
  • Forecasting analysis
  • Freelance expenditure
  • Sales

Foreign transactions

  • Document standards
  • Exporting
  • Financial reporting
  • Foreign exchange risk
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas VAT

Fraud

  • Detection
  • Miscellaneous
  • Prevention
  • Whistleblowing

Insurance

  • Business interruption
  • Damages claim
  • Export risk
  • Legal expenses
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overseas travel
  • Private medical insurance
  • Risk management

Investment appraisal

  • Cost modelling
  • Investment appraisal
  • Miscellaneous
  • Property
  • Sensitivity analysis

Invoicing

  • Duplicate payments
  • Electronic invoicing
  • Internal controls
  • Late payment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payment disputes
  • Staff fraud

IT

  • Capital allowances
  • Cyber security
  • IT costs - broadband
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payroll systems

Legal compliance

  • Anti-slavery
  • Bribery
  • Companies House
  • Data protection
  • Enforcement
  • HMRC inspections
  • Miscellaneous
  • New legislation
  • Senior accounting officer
  • Tax status
  • VAT inspections

Management accounts

  • Accruals
  • Acquisitions
  • Appropriate reserves
  • Balance sheet
  • British standards
  • Charts
  • Consolidated accounts
  • Dividends
  • Goodwill
  • KPIs
  • Month end
  • Monthly package
  • Profit margin
  • Real time reporting
  • Rent
  • Turnaround plans
  • Undue prudence

Mergers and acquisitions

  • CMA clearance
  • Completion accounts
  • Data rooms
  • Due diligence
  • Integration
  • Joint venture
  • Selling a business
  • Targets
  • Warranties and indemnities

Miscellaneous

  • Marketing costs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Negotiation skills

News

  • Budget
  • Making tax digital
  • News

Overheads

  • Cost management
  • Factory costs
  • Miscellaneous

Payroll/PAYE

  • Apprentices
  • BACS
  • Bonuses
  • Deductions
  • Directors
  • Dispensations
  • Employee share plans
  • Employment allowance
  • End of year returns
  • Errors
  • Expenses
  • Flexible working
  • Forecasting/budgeting
  • Fraud
  • Gifts
  • Holiday pay
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Online filing
  • Outsourcing
  • P11D
  • Parental leave
  • PAYE inspections
  • Payments
  • Payrolling benefits
  • Payroll software
  • Pensions
  • Personal allowances
  • Record keeping
  • Remuneration strategy
  • RTI
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory forms
  • Statutory pay
  • Tax codes
  • Termination payments

Performance appraisal

  • Performance appraisal
  • Project assessment

Performance management

  • Goal setting
  • Performance targets
  • SMART objectives
  • Staff turnover

Personnel

  • Apprenticeships
  • Benchmarking
  • Bonus schemes
  • Bribery
  • Capacity planning
  • Cost of sickness absence
  • Employee appraisal
  • Employee pricing
  • Employee share plans
  • Gender pay gap reporting
  • Holiday pay
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Payroll spend
  • Performance management
  • Personal development
  • Recruitment issues
  • Redundancy costs
  • Share schemes
  • Staff costs
  • Status
  • Training
  • Tribunal claims

Presentations

  • PowerPoint

Pricing

  • Billable rates
  • Breakeven rates
  • Charge out rates
  • Exchange rate fluctuations
  • Inter-company pricing
  • Price increases
  • Royalties
  • Supplier costs
  • Target pricing
  • Teaser pricing

Productivity

  • Finance department

Profitability

  • Fee realisation
  • KPIs
  • Measurement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Profit allocation
  • Return on capital employed
  • Staff costs
  • Staff efficiency
  • SWOT analysis

Project management

  • Budgeting

Property

  • Business rates
  • Property costs

Purchase ledger

  • Audit
  • Purchase invoices

Raising finance

  • Alternatives to banks
  • Bank finance
  • Budgeting
  • Business plans
  • Credit rating
  • Grants
  • Lending decision
  • Miscellaneous
  • Overdrafts
  • Preparation for lenders
  • Seed enterprise investment scheme
  • SFLGS
  • Supply chain finance

Reporting

  • Budget deviations
  • Charts
  • Dashboards
  • Financial reporting
  • Fixed assets
  • Forecasting sales
  • FRS
  • FRS102
  • Human resources/personnel
  • KPIs
  • Loans
  • Management accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-financial reporting
  • P&L reporting
  • Ratio analysis
  • Reporting software
  • Report rationalisation
  • Report writing
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • To staff
  • UKGAAP
  • What if analysis

Software

  • Accounting software
  • Alternatives
  • Excel tips
  • Frequency analysis
  • Miscellaneous
  • MS Office
  • Outlook tips
  • Payroll software
  • Spreadsheets

Stock taking

  • Miscellaneous
  • Obsolete stock
  • Stock management
  • Valuing stock

Strategy

  • Decision making

Tax and NI

  • Benefits
  • BPRA
  • Business tax account
  • Capital allowances
  • Company cars
  • Corporation tax
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Directors' tax
  • End of year returns
  • Evasion
  • Inheritance tax
  • Interest
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • NI increases
  • Official rate of interest
  • Payments
  • Penalties
  • R&D relief
  • Record-keeping
  • Rollover relief

Tendering

  • News
  • Tendering procedures

Treasury

  • Recruitment
  • Treasury management

VAT

  • Cash accounting
  • Debt recovery
  • Deposits
  • Disbursements
  • EC sales list
  • Insolvency
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-registered trader
  • Opt to tax
  • Overseas transactions
  • Overseas VAT
  • Payment discount
  • Record-keeping
  • Registration
  • Request for payment
  • Reverse charge
  • VAT and debts
  • VAT inspections
  • VAT rates
  • VAT recovery
  • VAT returns

Work in progress

  • Miscellaneous
  • Work in progress

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


Year 12 - issue 1 - 04.10.2019

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

New international trade terms for 2020

A brand new set of Incoterms - internationally recognised standard trading terms - come into effect on 1 January 2020. Can you make use of these?

STAFF INCENTIVES

Sliding scale bonus schemes

Last year’s bonus scheme didn’t achieve its objective of improving profits because the performance hurdles were too high. The board has asked you to devise a more flexible approach. Is a sliding scale bonus scheme the answer?

FINANCIAL REPORTING

Correcting mistakes in financial statements

Despite the best efforts of all those responsible for the preparation and approval of financial statements, occasionally errors occur. If you identify a mistake in your company’s previous year’s accounts, how should you deal with it?

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Interviewing your next finance manager

The finance manager has resigned after only two months in post. You have begun the search for a replacement. How should you run the interview process this time around so that you can be sure the replacement is better suited?

TAX

Tax savings on new equipment

The company needs new computer equipment and software. It will be used mainly for work but also for private matters. Should you or your company claim tax relief for it, and what are the potential savings from the more efficient option?

CARS

Time to own the company car?

There’s a high tax and NI cost associated with a company car and it creeps up each year. If it’s more than a few years old it might be more tax efficient to transfer ownership to you. But when is the right time to make the change?

TRAVEL COSTS

Video conferencing worth another look?

You’ve noticed that the travel expenses for your business have gone up again and you wonder if video conferencing is worth another look. Has the technology got better and if so, what could it save you?

ENVIRONMENT

Idle costs

Some councils have said they are going to fine drivers for leaving their engines idling. You’ll need to make staff aware of this, but will the threat of a penalty also help you to save money?

CASH FLOW

Avoid overtrading during growth

Your company is growing very quickly and your accountant has advised you to avoid overtrading. What is overtrading and what are the signs to look out for? Are there any tactics you can adopt in your business to avoid it?

VAT

When can you reclaim VAT on the purchase of a car?

A tax tribunal ruled in favour of a business which reclaimed VAT on the cost of several prestige company cars. How was the company able to defeat HMRC’s usually watertight rules and can you use the same tactic?

SPREADSHEETS

Number formatting tips

There may be times when you need to represent numbers in a spreadsheet in a different format from the standard built-in ones. When are custom number formats likely to be most helpful?

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

CIS VAT reverse charge delayed

BREXIT

Can you apply for the customs training grant?

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