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Five things your accountant can do as well as taxes

If you are self-employed or you run your own business, then your accountant probably helps look after your books and provides assistance when it is time to fill in your tax return.
Most small business owners find this kind of help incredibly useful, especially if they use cloud accounting software like FreeAgent or Xero to stay on top of the bookkeeping.

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.

Payroll furlough tools added to FreeAgent and Xero

The UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Schemes provides a lifeline for businesses struggling to come to terms with the pandemic.

Eligible employees can be ‘furloughed’ and the government will pay 80% of their pay, up to £2,500 per month. Employers can also top this pay up to 100% if they wish.

You can find out more details about the scheme on the government website.

To make it easier for businesses to access this scheme, Xero and FreeAgent have added new tools to their payroll systems.

Freelancers Beat the January Blues
Editor | 30 January 2020
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Freelancing could help fight back against the January Blues, new research from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) suggests.

The trade body representing freelancers found that more than three quarters (77%) of freelancers were happy working for themselves, while only five percent said that they were unhappy. This compares to a national average of 69% who are happy in their jobs.

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.

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