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Accounts & Tax

The accounts and tax section includes in-depth guides and features for UK small businesses and start-ups needing advice on how to manage company accounts, including company tax returns, cash flow management, late payment, bad debts and business tax.

Best UK small business accounting software – review guide

Signing up for an online accountancy software package is inevitable as the government rolls out Making Tax Digital. We’ve compared the most popular small business accounting software packages on the market, so you don't have to

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Business rates review 2021 – what your small business can expect

The Treasury has delayed publishing its review into business rates four times already. Rishi Sunak says the review will be published this autumn. What can we expect?

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What is the Valuation Office Agency? A guide for small business

What is the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and how does it go about calculating your business rates? What happens if you disagree with the VOA rateable value calculation?

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How can I reduce my business rates in England? A small business guide

Some small businesses can pay heavily discounted business rates or even reduce them to zero. Read on to see if your small business is exempt from business rates

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Do I need to pay business rates working from home?

Nearly half of the workforce was working from home at the height of Covid. But do you need to pay business rates if you’re working from home?

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What are business rates? A guide for small businesses

What are business rates, how much are they and do tenants have to pay them? Sophie Attwood of Colliers answers your questions

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Basics of small business accounting: tips and tools for beginners

As a small business, it’s important to get your head around company finances in order to maximise profits and margins. This handy guide will talk you through small business bookkeeping and small company accounting and help you get started!

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The EU VAT e-commerce package: how accounting can help

The EU is expanding the ‘one-stop’ system for reporting and paying VAT across the bloc to include all distance sales of services and intracommunity sale of goods. The updated schemes are together known as the EU VAT E-commerce Package. What does it mean for UK businesses and how can you adapt?

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HMRC to go easy on small business strangled with Covid debt

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, says HMRC will not press businesses to pay overdue tax immediately if they’re struggling with coronavirus-related debt

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Payroll: how UK small businesses can get it right

For a small business, handling your payroll is tricky at the best of times, but the coronavirus pandemic and emergence of hybrid working have complicated matters further. Here’s how you can get it right first time

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What taxes does a business pay when employing staff?

Businesses that employ staff have an obligation to collect and pay taxes to HMRC in relation to that employment, as Emma Twynholm explains

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What taxes does a business have to pay on its trading activities?

Joanne McLaughlin of Hillier Hopkins explains what taxes your business will have to pay on its trading activities

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Debt recovery explained – a guide for your small business

Commercial debt recovery: how can I help myself and what do I need from a third-party collections business?

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Top 5 accounting software providers for UK small businesses in 2021

Looking for a new accounting software provider for your UK small business? Here are 5 accounting software providers to choose from

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze