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Making Tax Digital for VAT

August 2018

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Changes to Record Keeping and Procedure Introduction On the 13th of July 2017, the government announced the Making Tax Digital (MTD) timetable, revealing that businesses over the VAT threshold will be the first to qualify for keeping digital records. Under the schedule, businesses with VAT taxable turnover over £85,000 will have to keep digital records […]


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When do you Pay VAT on Gift Cards?

August 2018

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In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about selling gift cards and/or vouchers as a business. The law surrounding VAT on gift cards has recently been tweaked to align legislation with that of the EU. Hearing of this news, one of our clients posed an interesting question. This client owns a very […]


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Don’t Listen to the Bloke Down the Pub

August 2018

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One of the great difficulties we face as accountants is providing clarity to our clients amongst all the misinformation, rumours and hearsay floating around out there. The issue of misinformation is particularly prevalent in accountancy as there are so many rules and regulations that businesses must abide by that are constantly changing. The problem is […]


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How Important is Technology in Accountancy?

August 2018

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The accountancy industry is typically seen as a traditional sector, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the accounting industry isn’t very “techie”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Accountancy firms are often responsible for portraying a traditional, old-school image which leads many to think that technology plays a small role in the accounting […]


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The Importance of Good Record Keeping

August 2018

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In this blog, we’ll be examining a public case study that highlights the importance of keeping good company records. Recently, the director of a construction and civil engineering company based in Glasgow has received a six-year ban for failing to keep adequate company records. David Simpson Duffy, the director of Annick Structures Ltd (ASL) has […]


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Our People: Adam’s Journey with Aston Shaw

July 2018

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This is the next instalment in the ‘Our People’ series of blogs, a series that reveals how members of our team started out and progressed at the firm. In this blog, we will be focussing on one of the Directors of Aston Shaw, Adam Hook. Previous instalments include: Our People: From Racing Driver to Accountant […]


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How to Get Ready for Making Tax Digital

July 2018

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a term you have most likely come across before, and it’s a term you will be hearing a lot more of as the deadline approaches and the Government ramps-up promotion. In a nutshell, Making Tax Digital (MTD) is, as its name implies, a digitised tax system that will completely change […]


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Our People: Rising Through the Ranks

July 2018

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This is the fourth part in the ‘Our People’ series of blogs, you can read earlier parts in the series by clicking any of the below: Our People: From Racing Driver to Accountant Our People: A Positive Life Change Our People: An Interview with Rosa In this blog, we’ll be talking about one of the Directors […]


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Why We’re More Than Just Accountants

June 2018

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The accountancy industry is changing. The role of a modern-day accountant is very different to what it used to be, this is largely down to the advent of cloud accounting. Cloud accounting has completely changed the industry, tasks that your accountant might once have performed can now be automated. Fortunately for us, we saw this […]


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HMRC Clamp Down on Late Reporting of Payroll Information

June 2018

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HMRC have been fining people for the late reporting of payroll information since 2014, but now HMRC has really ramped up the rate in which they are issuing fines. It is, therefore, more crucial than ever, that you file your payroll information on time. According to HMRC, you can get a penalty if: your Full Payment […]


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