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Directors personal finances

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Directors status

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Environment

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Family companies

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Finance

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IT

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Marketing

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Overseas trade

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Payroll

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Pensions

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Personnel management

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Professional services

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Profit extraction

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  • Environment
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Scams

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Succession planning

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Tax and VAT

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  • IR35
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  • MOSS
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In the most recent issue you'll find advice on...


Year 20 - issue 14 - 17.04.2019

MAKING TAX DIGITAL - VAT

MTD still not registering

Latest statistics show that despite Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) being mandatory for most registered businesses, many have not signed up for it. If you’re one of them what steps should you be taking?

CSR

Making room for CSR in a busy small business

SMEs are often at the heart of the community, providing vital services, goods and employment. How can you develop your corporate social responsibility (CSR) profile, and what might be the benefits?

TAX

How to make staff pay reviews tax efficient

It’s that time of year again when you review staff performance and pay. One of the directors has suggested offering tax-efficient perks instead of pay. You thought HMRC had outlawed this in 2017, but is it still possible?

OFFICE MANAGEMENT

Who’s in charge when you’re away?

With the days lengthening your thoughts have turned to the summer holiday. But the thought of taking a week or two off and leaving the company to “run itself” puts you off the idea. Is there a way to make things work?

VAT

Can you reclaim VAT incurred by contractors?

You’ve employed a crew of self-employed tradesmen to carry out work for a customer. They’ll buy the tools and materials for the job and include the cost in their bills to you. Can you reclaim the VAT?

MARKETING

Using Instagram to promote your business

Many businesses are now using Instagram to promote their products and services. Should you consider this option too, and if so, how can you get the most out of it?

LATE PAYMENTS

Good news on late payments?

In March 2019 the Chancellor promised further action to tackle late payments and the Small Business Commissioner has also upped his game. How will this help you manage this issue, if at all?

COST-CUTTING

Q&A - how can we cut our utility bills?

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