Accounting the most stressful part of running a small business

UK micro-businesses spend ten weeks of the year working on financial according to research from digital business bank Starling.
In a new report, the app-based challenger bank shines a light on the working practices of 5.6 million of the UK’s smallest firms.

Claiming Christmas Party Expenses Through Your Limited Company

Christmas might still feel half an age away, but many limited company owners will be frantically trying to agree dates and arrangements for their annual Xmas bash.

The company Christmas party is traditionally a time to thank employees for all of their hard work and let loose with food, alcohol and entertainment. And whether you are a one-person limited company or a firm employing 50 people or more, the good news is that you can claim back some party expenses from your annual tax liability.

MTD Six Months On: 94% of Firms File on Time
Editor | 14 October 2019
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The biggest transformation to the tax system this century, Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT came into force for more than a million businesses in April.

Under the changes, VAT-registered businesses with a turnover that exceeds £85,000 need to keep digital tax records and submit their VAT returns to HMRC using compatible software like FreeAgent or Xero.

HMRC Last Warning on Making Tax Digital

HMRC has urged businesses that will be affected by Making Tax Digital to submit their first quarterly return using approved software by 7 August.

Under the new rules, which came into effect on 1 April, businesses with an annual turnover over £85,000 need to sign up to Making Tax Digital and submit a quarterly VAT return before the 7 August filing date.

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is here and it means a number of important changes to the way that businesses file and report their VAT.

If you run a VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000, you are required to keep digital VAT records using MTD-compatible software like FreeAgent or Xero.

The new rules took effect from April 2019. To make life easier for busy business owners, FreeAgent has introduced a range of updates and improvements to their VAT filing system.

In this blog post, we detail some new features and functionality that will make the VAT process quick and simple.

Where to get help with your self-assessment

Every year around 11 million Brits are required to submit and pay a self-assessment tax return by January 31.

Many people are already way ahead of the game, with around 3,000 people completing their returns on Christmas Day and about 50,000 filing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

But with the deadline looming large, many more are looking for help to fill in their online forms. In this blog post, we look at some of the best sources of help for self-assessment strugglers, but first, we’ll find out who actually needs to complete a tax return.

FreeAgent iPhone App Gets a Refresh

FreeAgent has been busy over the last few months, quietly rebuilding their multi-award winning iOS mobile app to make it even slicker and more reliable.
The iPhone app has been specially designed for freelancers, the self-employed and other small business owners to use on the go.

How Small Business Owners Save for Retirement

When you run a small business, it is easy to get caught up in the daily hustle of grind of winning business, delivering a great service and keeping people happy. But when you are so focused on growth and success in the short term, it can be difficult to think about the next few months, let alone decades.

This may be part of the reason why so many freelancers, limited company directors and other small business owners seem to be so ill-prepared for retirement.

Monzo Announces Xero, FreeAgent Integration
Editor | 15 July 2019
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Challenger bank Monzo has announced that its business customers will soon be able to integrate their accounts with Xero and FreeAgent.

The integration means that business transactions will automatically be imported into the accounting software each day, making it easier to track what’s coming in and what’s going out.

Combined with Xero and FreeAgent’s easy bank reconciliation systems, it will make financial processing quicker and easier than ever before.

Starling Bank Launches FreeAgent Integration

After successfully integrating with Xero last year, Starling Bank has announced that its business banking users will now be able to integrate their accounts with FreeAgent, reducing the stress of managing business finances.

The Open Banking integration means that, with permission, FreeAgent will automatically import bank transactions into your cloud-based accounts.

FreeAgent will also pull data like spending category, transaction time and business name and organise transactions in a way that’s suitable for Making Tax Digital for VAT.

All of this means that you can reduce the time spent on routine financial admin and eliminate errors that might creep in while you manually import data.

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