Ebay Tax Help
Editor | 8 February 2018
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Rising prices and flat wage growth contributed to a 30% surge in new business sellers on eBay last month.
Last year, the e-commerce platform announced, the top 10 most successful new businesses registered on eBay turned over a combined £6m through their online stores.
Cloud Accountant specialises in accounting and tax support to businesses that sell on eBay.

Alien encounters and other bad excuses for late tax returns

With less than a week to go before the self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the worst excuses taxpayers have offered after failing to complete their returns on time.
Topping the list was the unlikely claim that “I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house”.

Forty percent of freelancers want to retire before their sixties

A survey of self-employed workers has found that more than four in ten freelancers hope to retire before they turn 61.
The new research focused on freelancer’s plans in 2018 and beyond. But with separate research suggesting that freelancers are not saving enough for their retirement – careful money management will become more important for self-employed people.
Cloud accounting software packages like Xero and FreeAgent can help freelancers save for their future.

HMRC outlines points-based late payment penalties

At the start of December, HMRC announced plans to introduce a driving penalty ‘points’ system to punish late-paying taxpayers.
The points-based system would be introduced as part of the shift towards ‘Making Tax Digital (MTD),’ which will see many taxpayers submitting tax returns more regularly.
Now the tax authority has outlined their plans in more detail, suggesting that tax customers will receive a point every time they fail to submit on time.

CloudAccountant are now Receipt Bank Bronze Partners

Expenses can be a hassle to deal with and they cost time and money to process. To help you with the paper war CloudAccountant are expanding our range of approved providers that integrate with Xero and sort this problem for you. Our latest partnership means that we are now Receipt Bank Bronze Partners.

Receipt Bank provides a receipt and invoice processing service that gathers together your receipts and invoices, scans them, converts the receipts into useful data and then sends them directly into Xero.

Receipt Bank extracts all the relevant information from the receipt/expense but has clever features such as identifying which bank account you have paid from using the 4 digits of your card on the receipt. It then matches that payment to the relevant bank account in Xero. Uploading receipts for processing anywhere in the world is easy via email, the web, or use the Smartphone app to send receipts on the move.

If saving yourself some time and hassle sounds like something you would be interested in please contact your account manager to find out more.

FreeAgent lets you see who your best (and worst) customers are

A new feature in cloud accountancy software FreeAgent makes it easy to see who your best and worst customers are.
The Customer Sales Report was one of FreeAgent’s most requested features. It could play a key role in deciding who you should do business with in the future.
The new report shows you exactly how much income you’ve received from different clients in a given time frame. You can examine different periods of time and compare results from different months and years.

Calls to tackle late payments after Carillion crisis

The collapse of the UK’s second largest construction company has, once again, brought late payments to the top of the national news schedule.

In the wake of Carillion’s liquidation, many small firms have been left in an uncertain position – unsure if they will be paid what they are owed.

For some firms, the problem has been compounded by the Carillion group’s punishing 120-day maximum payment terms.

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline. Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day. With a further 6,033 returns submitted on Christmas Eve, the total number of tax returns submitted over the festive period beats last year’s figure of 14,000 filed over the three days. HMRC released these figures as

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline.
Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day.

SME business numbers skyrocket
Editor | 11 December 2017
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The number of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) has skyrocketed in the UK.
The Government now estimates that there are 5.7 million private sector businesses at the start of 2017 and 99.9% of these companies were SMEs.
This represents an increase of 197,000 businesses set up since the start of 2016 and a whopping 2.2 million since 2000.
That’s an increase of 64% in 17 years.

Four simple tips for managing your own books

So you’ve set up your own business. Now the hard work begins.
Your head is probably swimming with ideas, possibilities and strategies that could help your business grow.
One thing you probably aren’t thinking about is bookkeeping. Recording financial information is not really the fun part of starting a new business – but it is crucial to start-up success.
You don’t have to waste money employing someone to manage the books for you, handling it yourself doesn’t need to be daunting.

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