Posts Tagged: book keeping

VAT lumps, bumps and hiccups

We’ve covered the VAT basics in the previous post. But unfortunately life isn’t always simple. It has a nasty habit of getting complicated with lumps, bumps and hiccups along the way. Here are some of the more complex VAT issues including a few big VAT wolves that I hope you’ll never encounter. Can I claim… Read more »

Should I register my business for VAT?

They say ‘what you don’t know can’t hurt you’. Unfortunately that’s not true when it comes to tax, HMRC always assume that you know the rules. For many businesses, lack of knowledge about VAT can be a real ‘big bad wolf’. Knowing the VAT basics can keep you out of trouble with HMRC. It will… Read more »

Don’t let your balance sheet be an ugly duckling.

I always feel like the balance sheet is the ugly duckling of the accounts. The bold and brash profit and loss account gets all the glory while the poor old balance sheet is ignored and misunderstood.  It’s time to bring the ugly duckling balance sheet out of the dark corner, dust it off and show… Read more »

What expenses can I claim for my business website?

When was the last time you used a phone directory to look for a business or service? If you’re anything like me, it’s just easier to Google for the information and take a look through the websites that are returned. A business that doesn’t have a website is much less likely to get my custom,… Read more »

Can I get rid of my paper receipts and go digital?

In the modern age with Making Tax Digital looming large on the horizon, is it still necessary to keep paper receipts for  all your business documents? Will a scanned copy be enough to satisfy HMRC? Should you keep the paper version as well? The answer is YES! The good news is that for most types of… Read more »

Can I buy personal items from my business account?

Can I buy personal stuff from my business bank account? It’s a question that we get asked quite a lot. In fact it’s a question I wish more people would ask, as there’s a very simple answer to this one. Yes you can, but please don’t! It can be very tempting to get the business… Read more »

Should I do my own bookkeeping?

Should you do your own bookkeeping? With some many user friendly accounting packages on the market these days, is it worth paying someone else to do it for you? The government’s recent Making Tax Digital changes mean that eventually, almost every business (whether sole trader or limited company) will have to start submitting their data… Read more »

Why do my accounts show different types of profit?

Your accountant sends over your annual accounts and you open them in anticipation, your eyes scanning down the page for that all important figure. How much profit did I make last year? But wait a minute, there are two profit figures, maybe even three or four. Which profit figure should you be looking at? As… Read more »

What business clothing can I include in my expenses?

If you are going to dress for success in your business, then surely it is a allowable business expense? Unfortunately not. This is an area that causes a lot of disappointment for our clients as HMRC are very strict about what clothing is allowed. You will probably be surprised by how little business clothing you can actually include. Why… Read more »

What can I include for use of home expenses?

Not only is there no place like home, but you can also save some tax by working there. So whether you work entirely from home, or just do your invoicing from the kitchen table, you can claim an element for use home as an office in your business expenses.  Self Employed (sole traders and partnerships) You… Read more »