Four ways an accountant can help with rising business costs

Operating costs have increased for 90% of businesses according to a new survey from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Almost half of the British companies surveyed said that rising costs would stall growth this year.

Rising food and fuel costs pushed inflation to a 30 year peak in February this year. A study from Cornwall Insight, meanwhile, showed that business gas prices increased 250% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

Chancellor pushes on with Making Tax Digital

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed that he will push ahead with Making Tax Digital for VAT reforms in April, despite warnings that many firms are not ready for the change.

In the Chancellor’s written ministerial statement, he said that Making Tax Digital “is an important first step in this modernisation of the tax system to which the government remains committed.”

Xero’s Instafile Will Make January Tax Filing Much Easier
Editor | 14 February 2019
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Did you struggle filing your tax return last month? Xero’s acquisition of Instafile promises to make tax preparation much easier next time around.

Instafile, which is only available through Xero Partners like CloudAccountant.co.uk, automates tax filing and reporting by connecting small businesses directly with tax authorities like HMRC.

Cloud Accountant is Making Tax Digital Ready
Editor | 20 September 2018
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Cloud Accountant is ready to help contractors, freelancers and other small business owners make the most of HMRC’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements.

Having been awarded Xero’s Making Tax Digital Ready accreditation, our specialist digital accountancy practice can help small business owners put the required software and processes in place before the first MTD deadline in April 2019.

From next April, companies that exceed the £85,000 VAT revenue threshold will no longer be able submit VAT returns manually. Instead, companies will need to use HMRC-compliant software to track and submit the returns automatically.

Income tax reporting is changing: Everything you need to know about Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment (MTD ITSA)

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

MTD has been introduced by Government to revolutionize the tax system in the UK.

The new system requires tax records to be kept and submitted digitally, using compatible cloud accounting software.

Over £8.5 billion in tax went unpaid between 2018 and 2019. The aim of MTD ITSA is to make filings more accurate by digitising submissions. This should help people better understand what tax they owe and reduce the deficit.

MTD for VAT has been around since 2019 and will become compulsory from April 2022.

MTD for Income Tax Self-Assessment is the next step in the scheme.

Then MTD for Corporation Tax will be implemented by April 2026.

Choosing Making Tax Digital for VAT Software

There is less than a month left for VAT-paying businesses to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD).

MTD is the government’s flagship tax digitalisation scheme that will require all businesses to keep digital records and file and pay tax online.

MTD for VAT is the first stage of the digital roll-out and takes effect from 1 April 2019.

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