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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
  • Statutory accounts
  • 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
  • VAT

Budgeting

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

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
  • Non-core assets

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
  • Closing a company
  • Companies House
  • Director shareholder death
  • Filing deadlines
  • Miscellaneous
  • Share alotment
  • Share buy backs
  • Shareholders agreement
  • Share transactions
  • Types of company
  • Unlawful dividends

Contracts

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

Coronavirus

  • News

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
  • Ordering
  • 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
  • Debt factoring
  • 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
  • DeFi

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
  • Supplier insolvency
  • 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
  • Employee fraud
  • Miscellaneous
  • Prevention
  • Whistleblowing

Insurance

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

Investment appraisal

  • Cost modelling
  • Discounted cash flow
  • 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
  • Dashboard
  • 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
  • Coronavirus
  • 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
  • PSA
  • Record keeping
  • Remuneration strategy
  • Requirement for NI number
  • RTI
  • Salary payment date
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Share schemes
  • Statutory forms
  • Statutory pay
  • Tax codes
  • Termination payments

Performance appraisal

  • Performance appraisal
  • Project assessment

Performance management

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

Personnel

  • Apprenticeships
  • Benchmarking
  • Bonus schemes
  • Bribery
  • Capacity planning
  • Cost of sickness absence
  • Employee appraisal
  • Employee ownership trust
  • Employee pricing
  • Employee share plans
  • Employment particulars
  • Gender pay gap reporting
  • Holiday pay
  • Homeworking
  • Minimum wage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pay rises
  • 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
  • Transfer 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
  • Rent arrears

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
  • Sale and leaseback
  • 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
  • Management reporting
  • 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
  • Pivot strategy
  • Strategic plan

Tax and NI

  • Benefits
  • BPRA
  • Business tax account
  • Capital allowances
  • Capital gains tax
  • Company cars
  • Company loans
  • Corporation tax
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Directors' tax
  • Employment allowance
  • Employment status
  • End of year returns
  • Evasion
  • Inheritance tax
  • Interest
  • Losses
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • NI increases
  • Official rate of interest
  • Packaging tax
  • Payments
  • Penalties
  • Personal allowance
  • Plastic tax
  • R&D relief
  • Record-keeping
  • Rollover relief
  • Scams
  • SDLT
  • Tax codes
  • Training costs

Tendering

  • News
  • Tendering procedures

Treasury

  • Recruitment
  • Treasury management

VAT

  • Cash accounting
  • Compensation payments
  • Debt recovery
  • Deposits
  • Disbursements
  • EC sales list
  • Errors
  • Flat rate scheme
  • Groups
  • Insolvency
  • Making tax digital
  • Miscellaneous
  • Non-registered trader
  • Opt to tax
  • Overseas transactions
  • Overseas VAT
  • Partial exemption
  • Payment
  • Payment discount
  • Penalties
  • 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 14 - issue 9 - 03.06.2022

CREDIT CONTROL

Winding up petition rules eased

The restrictions placed on issuing winding up petitions were lifted in April 2022. If you’re owed money by a limited company, when should you issue one?

MANGEMENT ACCOUNTING

Is a 4-4-5 calendar right for your business?

Preparing management accounts to the end of a calendar month can create challenges for businesses, particularly where the variations in the total number of days of the week within a period can skew trends. Could a 4-4-5 calendar be the answer?

HMRC

Retrieving your HMRC login details

You’re trying to log into your business tax account via the government gateway but are getting stuck at the two-step security stage because the code is being sent to the previous financial controller’s mobile phone. How can you log in to change this?

JOINT VENTURES

What’s the best way to structure a joint venture?

Your company has been approached to enter into a joint venture to undertake a complex new project. There are several ways to structure a joint venture so which would be the most suitable for you?

CARS

Tax and the charging of electric vehicles

The business runs some electric vehicles (EVs) but there has been little thought about where these are charged. So, what are HMRC’s rules on this, what are the tax implications and what is the best approach?

EXPENSES

Delayed payment of expenses - possible problems

The pandemic led to many small businesses struggling for cash. To help cash flow some owners didn’t claim reimbursement of business expenses. But are there any potential problems in paying them back now?

PENALTIES

Avoiding penalties for careless errors

You can ask HMRC to suspend a penalty it would otherwise charge if a mistake made in a document, e.g. your tax return, results in an underpayment of tax. But it generally won’t grant a suspension for one-off errors. How can you change its mind?

HMRC

Tax conditionality - are you prepared?

Local authorities are concerned about the implementation and management of the new conditionality tax checks, with few businesses aware of the changes. What are these checks and who do they apply to?

CASH FLOW

Calculating the burn rate

You’ve been asked to calculate the company’s burn rate. This is an important metric in understanding the business’s financial health so what’s the best way to go about it?

STAFF COSTS

Affordable bonuses

The board want to ensure that employees remain motivated to over-perform during the current economic slowdown. With increased pressure on cash flow, how can you draw up a bonus scheme which the company can afford to pay out?

SPREADSHEETS

Making it easier to view data on a laptop

When you’re working with a lot of spreadsheet data on your laptop, keeping track of everything can be tricky. What can you do to make viewing spreadsheets on a smaller screen easier?

CAPITAL ALLOWANCES

Reform of capital allowances regime?

RAISING FINANCE

Lending to SMEs hits all-time low

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