It’s business as usual at CloudAccountant.co.uk

The new lockdown means that the team are working remotely but rest assured this won’t have an adverse impact on service levels. We’re confident we can maintain the level of service and customer care we pride ourselves in along with the capacity to support our accountancy clients.

From all the Team at CloudAccountant & AgencyAccountant We would like to wish you a fabulous festive season and a Happy New Year!

This year has been turbulent and challenging for all and we are excited to welcome in the new year and are hopeful that normality is within reach.

In 2020, as well as continuing our market lead in the world of eCommerce accountancy, CloudAccountant launched our specialist recruitment agency brand, AgencyAccountant, and we’re proud to have seen the brand and client base grow during the year.

Two-minute self-assessment guide

If you’re a sole trader, a partner in a business partnership, a limited Company Director or Shareholder or have other untaxed income, you may need to complete an online self-assessment tax return (and pay what you owe) by 31 January 2021.

FreeAgent Launches New Features to Help You Get Paid Faster

Accounting software makers FreeAgent has launched a trio of new features, making it even easier for self-employed workers and small business owners to get paid faster.
Late payments are a scourge on the self-employed and small business community. Research from Bacs* suggests that late payers cost SMEs up to £23.4bn every year, which is not to mention the unnecessary stress and anxiety caused to millions of the UK’s smallest businesses.

Small businesses blocked out of bounce back loans scheme

Small businesses are struggling to access essential funding through a Government-backed loan scheme because lenders are blocking their applications. The Government-sponsored bounce back loans scheme was supposed to be a lifeline for businesses struggling to make it through the coronavirus pandemic, but reports suggest that many are struggling to get their hands on essential cash.

Lockdown 3: What Support is Available for Businesses?

Following the latest announcements from Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon, England and Scotland have now joined Wales in new national lockdowns.

The new restrictions mean that people should only leave home for an essential purpose, such as to buy food or medicine. This means that, along with schools, large swathes of businesses now need to close their doors.

While some shops and hospitality businesses will still be able to offer click and collect and takeaway services, they are likely to see a dip in sales. Many other businesses may also see their revenue fall as demand dries up, similar to the first lockdown in March 2020.

To help support businesses through his latest period of uncertainty, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced some additional funding alongside some older schemes that are still open to businesses.

Guide to Tax Relief for Festive Gifts and Christmas Parties

‘Tis the season of giving! We’ve put together this handy guide to explain what tax relief you can receive when you gift employees, clients and charities this festive season.

You may want to thank your employees for their hard work, throw a virtual staff party or give a gift to a client.

It’s important to understand what can and cannot be claimed through the expenses of your Limited company, so as not to overspend and potentially avoid all tax relief.

Maximise online sales this Black Friday
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Originally conceived in the United States, Black Friday has grown to become a shopping event right here in the UK.
Less than a month before Christmas, the shopping day is traditionally a bargain hunter’s dream come true. Recent years have seen hordes of shoppers crushing into supermarkets and department stores, racing to get their hands on a hot new gadget or flatscreen TV.

5 small business accounting mistakes to avoid if you want to succeed

Mixing personal and business bank accounts: You pop to the shops for office stationery and end up buying a couple of bits for home whilst you are there.
Directors of small businesses are often guilty of mixing their personal finances and business accounts. If you have a limited company, it’s actually a legal requirement to have a separate account, but more than 25% of small businesses don’t have a separate business bank account and this can make it really difficult to track exactly how much money is coming in and out of the business and could result in taxable expenses being omitted or incorrectly categorized. It can also cause issues when applying for a business loan, as lenders will need a detailed and accurate view of the business accounts. If you are someone who blurs the boundaries between personal and business money, break the habit! Get a separate business bank account and you will save hours’ worth of headaches down the line.

Employers guide to the new Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

Many business leaders welcomed the Chancellor’s recent statement where he spelled out the Government’s latest plans to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis. The headline announcement was a new Job Support Scheme that will follow the closure of the furlough scheme.

Rishi Sunak said that the new scheme would “support only viable jobs”. Some business leaders complained that it would not be enough to prevent widespread job losses, particularly in hard hit industries like hospitality and tourism.
To help employers make the most of the new scheme, we have answered some of your most important questions below.

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