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Making Tax Digital – Key changes that may affect you.

October 2022

HMRC has reminded businesses of the upcoming VAT portal closure at the end of October. Key takeaways: The existing HMRC VAT portal will no longer be available from Tuesday 1st November 2022. If a business doesn’t use Making Tax Digital (MTD) compatible software when submitting its VAT returns, the business will be subject to a […]


From Idea to Start-Up: A Lending Hand

July 2021

Start-Up Assistance from Accountants

Going from the creative stage to the nitty-gritty details of registering your start-up business, managing finances, tax, bookkeeping – and everything else that comes with running a business – can be a daunting leap. We are here to guide you through all of these intricacies, and assure you that you have an experienced helping hand, […]


eCommerce Accountants for online businesses

April 2021

Aston Shaw Tax return and audit specialists

Findings from a 2021 report from Retail Economics and Natwest reveal that since the beginning of lockdown, 46% of consumers in the UK have purchased a product online which they had previously only ever purchased in store. More demand equals more business, and as a result, individuals and businesses alike have sought opportunity in setting […]


Budget 2021: Key Points

March 2021

Budget Day 2021 summary

As many of us look forward to a potential end to COVID-19 restrictions, today’s 2021 budget announcement has been anxiously awaited by individuals and businesses alike. In this article, we outline the Government’s key tax and spending plans for the year ahead, providing insight (where possible), on how these announcements are likely to affect you. Coronavirus The Furlough Scheme has been extended until the end […]


Our Guide to the Domestic Reverse Charge

February 2021

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The Domestic Reverse Charge (DRC) is a major change to the way in which VAT is collected in the construction industry and will come into effect from 1st March 2021. Why has it been introduced? The Domestic Reverse Charge has been introduced by HMRC to combat fraud, in particular, missing trader fraud which costs the […]


When do you Pay VAT on Gift Cards?

November 2020

Christmas is approaching fast, and many businesses are relying on gift card sales this year more than ever. The law surrounding VAT on gift cards changed recently to align legislation with the EU. That’s why we’ve put together everything you need to know about selling gift cards and/or vouchers as a business. Hearing of this […]


The Curious Case of the Jaffa Cake

November 2020

Jaffa Cakes Exempt From VAT

Jaffa Cakes: Cake or Biscuit? The age-old debate that was taken to court. Who knew VAT could be interesting? Who would have known that the bounds of confectionery, sweets, chocolates, chocolate biscuits, cakes and biscuits would be taken to court? And why is it so important whether the confectionary in question is a cake or […]


Why You Shouldn’t Get a New Company Car Until April 2020

November 2019

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If you’re thinking about changing your company car/cars in the near future, you may want to wait until 6th April 2020 when some new tax rules come into effect. These new tax rules will significantly favour low and zero-emission vehicles, so if you start driving a green car from April 2020, you’ll be benefiting from […]


Reverse Charge VAT for the Construction Industry

June 2019

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There is an important change that you need to be aware of, coming into effect on 1st October 2019. This change will affect any business that is CIS and VAT registered or that pays suppliers that are CIS and VAT registered. The new legislation is aimed at shifting the VAT liability on building and other […]


Our Comprehensive Guide to Making Tax Digital

April 2019

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the name of the Government’s ambition to change the way in which we record financial data and report this information to HMRC. It requires taxpayers to keep digital records, instead of manual ones, and communicate with HMRC using a different reporting system to that which is currently in operation. Why […]


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