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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
  • Money laundering
  • 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
  • Salary payment date
  • 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

  • Customer lifetime value
  • 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
  • Bridging loans
  • 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
  • Employment allowance
  • 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 3 - 06.12.2019

COMPANY CARS

All change for company car tax

If you run a company car fleet, from April 2020 you will see a substantial overhaul in how these vehicles are taxed. What’s changing?

PROJECT APPRAISAL

Is it a profit centre or an investment centre?

Your company is planning a new venture and you’ve been tasked with deciding the most appropriate way to measure its performance. Should you be setting up a new cost centre or something else?

COMPANY LAW

How to successfully appeal against a late filing penalty

Only 2% of Companies House (CH) late filing penalties were overturned in 2018/19. So where do you stand if, through no fault of your own, your company’s accounts are filed after the due date?

RATIOS

Calculating the customer lifetime value

The board will be able to gain greater insights for strategic initiatives if they have a better understanding of the real worth of the company’s customers. But how do you measure a customer’s value?

TRAVEL

Travel disruption compensation

Holiday travel disruption causes misery every summer due to adverse weather, power cuts, technical glitches and strikes, and this affects business travellers too. What can you do to minimise the impact on work travel plans and claw back some of the costs?

ACCOUNTANCY FEES

New accountant’s fees over the top

The business has recently changed accountants and you have just received your first bill from them. The figure is far higher than you were quoted. What can you do, and are there ways to cut the next bill?

PRICES

Brexit price bluffers

A long-standing and regular supplier has just informed the company that they’re increasing their prices by 20% due to “Brexit”. Can they really do that and, if they can, how do you keep any rise to a minimum?

PERSONNEL COSTS

Give them time to resign

A key member of your team has just handed in their notice. Legally, you can’t refuse to accept it, but can you put things on ice so you can convince them to stay? And what might you save in doing so?

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING

Are your money laundering procedures in order?

In 2019 HMRC fined a London money service business a record £7.8 million for failures in its anti-money laundering (AML) procedures. How can you ensure that your business doesn’t fall foul of HMRC’s requirements?

CREDIT CONTROL

Assessing your customers using Z scores

Z scores are used to indicate the financial health of a company. In the current economic climate, it could be a useful tool to help evaluate the solvency of key customers. How do you calculate and interpret Z scores?

SPREADSHEETS

Working together in Excel

Having multiple users working on the same Excel file can be very frustrating. Only one person at a time can edit, with everyone else in read-only mode. Could a new workbook-sharing feature of Office 365 solve this problem?

PAYROLL

Paying staff before Christmas

CORPORATION TAX

Corporation tax rate changes

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