Santander is latest bank to invest in accounting software

Santander became the latest bank to invest in cloud accounting technology for small businesses when it acquired Albert in December.

The Spanish banking group bought the UK-based invoicing app for sole traders and micro businesses in an attempt to fight off competition from challenger financial firms and other established banks.

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Submitting Your Self-Assessment Fast This Christmas

Christmas is a popular time for submitting Self-Assessments to HMRC ahead of the 31 January deadline.

Last year, 16,000 people submitted their tax return online between 24 and 26 December. This included more than 2,500 submissions on Christmas Day and almost 7,700 the day after on Boxing Day.

More than 17,000 people also submitted their Self-Assessments on the New Year’s Day bank holiday.

How to Have a Successful Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a relatively new celebration that celebrates the thousands of small businesses that help make Britain great.

The day itself is in less than two weeks, and there are lots of brilliant ways that shops, cafes and all sorts of other independents can get involved.

Here are our top tips for a successful Small Business Saturday.

Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases The national living wage and the minimum wage will rise from April 2019. Over two million workers will see their pay increase next April, as the National Living Wage increases to £8.21 an hour. This is the hourly rate for those aged 25 or over and working in Britain The minimum wage for those aged 16-24 also will also increase, whilst the pay for apprentices will increase by 20p an hour.v

Delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Monday, the 2018 Budget had some important announcements for small businesses, contractors and freelancers.

The statement was welcomed by some business figureheads, but criticised by others. In this blog post, we unpack some of the key announcements and explain how they may affect your business finances.

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If you are a NatWest or Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) small business customer, you can access the FreeAgent cloud accountancy software platform for free.

If you use either of these services, Cloud Accountant can help you get set up on the software for free, with additional support from a team of qualified accountants.

You can also sign up for the software for free on the NatWest or RBS website.

Editor | 11 December 2018

Monday 24th December - 8.30am - 2pm
Tuesday 25th December - CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December - CLOSED
Thursday 27th December - 8.30am - 4pm
Friday 28th December - 8.30am - 4pm
Monday 31st December - 8.30am - 4pm
Tuesday 1st January - CLOSED

Expenses You Might Have Missed From Your Self-Employed Self-Assessment

If you are self-employed, you can claim back expenses against your income to reduce your overall business profit and the amount of tax you pay.

For example, if you earn £40,000 through self-employment and claim back £5,000 in allowable expenses, your profit will be £35,000, so you will only pay tax on this.

Many of these allowable expenses are obvious. And if you have been self-employed for a few years you will know most of them. But there are certain less obvious expenses that you might not have claimed for.

Why Spreadsheets are Holding Back Your Business

Is your business still using spreadsheets to manage its bookkeeping and accounts? It could be slowing you down and hurting your company.

Whether it is invoicing, checking figures or speaking to your accountant, spreadsheets more manual effort. Cloud-based accounting software automates many of these processes, making you more efficient

Will Making Tax Digital Apply to My Business?
Editor | 30 October 2018
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Making Tax Digital is the latest HMRC campaign to modernise tax collection and make life easier for business owners.

The first raft of changes, which affects VAT payers, will come into force on 1 April 2019. But a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that 24% of firms have never even heard of the measure.

Making Tax Digital for VAT will apply to all VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable income over the VAT threshold of £85,000.

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