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What You Need to Do About IR35

January 2019

What You Need to Do About IR35

IR35 is a piece of tax legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by off-payroll workers who provide their services to businesses as a self-employed individual on a regular, long-term basis. In the eyes of HMRC, workers of this kind are what’s known as ‘disguised employees.’ This means that as far as HMRC are concerned, the […]

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Don’t Listen to the Bloke Down the Pub

December 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 the accounting industry, this is because there are so many rules and regulations that businesses must abide by that are constantly […]

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Case Study: A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned

October 2018

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Our recently appointed Client Services Manager, Scott Herd has been busy helping our clients make savings on their business’s overheads. In this blog, we’ll show you how Scott was able to save members of The Bodyshop Fellowship significant sums of money. The Bodyshop Fellowship is an organisation that supports Bodyshop’s across the UK. Having heard […]

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Digital Agencies and the Potential for R&D Tax Relief

September 2018

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In previous blogs and in our downloadable jargon-free guide to R&D, we have commented on how often businesses miss out on claiming Research & Development (R&D) tax credits. From our experience of working with clients, the digital sector is certainly no exception. Digital agencies often make leaps into the unknown to stay ahead of their […]

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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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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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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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Companies House & HMRC Resources

April 2018

Companies House & HMRC Resources

Finding the right resource or the right form from Companies House or HMRC can be tricky. For this reason, we’ve decided to put all the most important and useful resources all in one place, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Disclaimer In preparing and maintaining this blog post every effort has been […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Research & Development Tax Relief

April 2018

In this blog, we explain what Research and Development Tax Relief is, whether or not your business is eligible and how we can help you make a successful claim. Making a claim for Research and Development Tax Relief can be an important way for businesses – in any sector – who are involved in research […]

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Do I Need a Bookkeeper If I Already Have an Accountant?

February 2018

Louise Tiller, a Bookkeeper here at Aston Shaw explains how you can still benefit from having a Bookkeeper even if you already have an Accountant. In short, the answer is YES! Your Accountant finalises your accounts on a quarterly and yearly basis while your bookkeeper analyses your data on a weekly or monthly basis, communicating […]

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