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From time to time, we produce information for clients on a number of topical and important issues, some of which can be found below:

Ban on passing credit card fees on to consumers hits small businesses - April 3, 2018
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A ban on passing on intercharge fees from credit card providers to consumers, which came into effect at the start of the year, is having a negative effect on the profitability of small businesses. Business owners have had to make tough choices; faced with the option of either increasing prices for all customers to cover … Continue reading Ban on passing credit card fees on to consumers hits small businesses


Encourage your clients to prepare for MTD – free cloud accounting workshops - April 3, 2018
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Are your clients ready for Making Tax Digital, the Government’s all-new online reporting system? From April 2019, all VAT-registered businesses in the UK (with a turnover above £85,000) will need to switch to a digital tax system for submitting VAT returns using MTD compliant accounting software. Cloud accounting is the ideal answer to this change. … Continue reading Encourage your clients to prepare for MTD – free cloud accounting workshops


Retirement incomes hit highest level since financial crash - April 3, 2018
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A recent study has found that retirement income levels in the UK have hit their highest peak since the financial crisis. A new study by insurance and pension provider, Prudential, has found that those planning to retire in 2018 are predicted to live on an average annual income of £19,900, compared to an income of … Continue reading Retirement incomes hit highest level since financial crash


Spalding Business Club Meeting – could you be a future speaker? - April 3, 2018
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The popular Spalding Business Club, which hosts a series of breakfast meetings each month, is on the lookout for new speakers to address their audience of decision makers and local business owners. The club was created to help businesses develop new contacts and to pass information between those contacts and their clients. An interesting an … Continue reading Spalding Business Club Meeting – could you be a future speaker?


GDPR deadline is almost here – but majority of businesses are still not ready - April 3, 2018
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Despite the fact that there are less than 60 days before the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), latest research suggests that a staggering 90 per cent of small businesses are still not ready. The Federation of Small Businesses has discovered that just eight per cent of SME businesses had completed their … Continue reading GDPR deadline is almost here – but majority of businesses are still not ready


Auto-enrolment changes could place additional burden on small businesses - February 16, 2018
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Proposed changes to auto-enrolment pensions will cause additional financial worries for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Their concerns comes after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) indicated its intention to extend auto-enrolment to younger workers, whom it says deserve “the same opportunities” to a build a … Continue reading Auto-enrolment changes could place additional burden on small businesses


Stamp duty – property purchasers face wait for refunds - February 16, 2018
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Homebuyers who have been caught out by the second home Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge when purchasing a new permanent residence before they have managed to sell their previous one are allegedly facing significant delays in receiving SDLT refunds. Last year, former Chancellor George Osborne introduced the three per cent SDLT surcharge in a … Continue reading Stamp duty – property purchasers face wait for refunds


Getting ready for MTD – free cloud accounting workshops - February 16, 2018
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Are your clients ready for Making Tax Digital, the Government’s all-new online reporting system? From April 2019, all VAT-registered businesses in the UK (with a turnover above £85,000) will need to switch to a digital tax system for submitting VAT returns using MTD compliant accounting software. Cloud accounting is the ideal answer to this change. … Continue reading Getting ready for MTD – free cloud accounting workshops


Make sure you don’t lose out on unused allowances - February 16, 2018
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We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2017-18 tax year, which finishes on 5 April 2018. This means that there are only a few weeks remaining to ensure you and your clients have taken advantage of all the allowances and reliefs to which you are entitled. If you do not, you could pay thousands … Continue reading Make sure you don’t lose out on unused allowances


Time is ticking away … GDPR is fast approaching - February 16, 2018
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With less than four months before the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force, researchers have found that the majority of small businesses (SMEs) are still not fully prepared for the changes which will affect them. A quarterly survey conducted as part of the Close Brothers Business Barometer, found that many of the … Continue reading Time is ticking away … GDPR is fast approaching


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