I’m often asked, ‘Why do I need an accountant?’ so it seemed like a good idea for a blog. So here, in my view, are 25 reasons why working with an accountant helps your small business.
All business owners know the self-assessment deadline – who can forget 31 January? But why does it seem to be so difficult to get on top of this task and submit your accounts in good time.
The 2023 Autumn statement from Jeremy Hunt was delivered yesterday, 22nd November, and is likely to be the last one before the next election which is predicted to happen no later than early November 2024.
Here at Adams Accountancy, we are often asked ‘What’s the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant, so here we are to give you our views on the key differences and similarities and guidance on when you need one or the other.
Your business is all about your product or service, right? Hmm, not quite. It’s equally important to look after your customers and your business finances.
Choosing the right accountant can be difficult, especially when there are so many different accountancy firms near you. At Adams Accountancy, we think we’re the best accountants in Dartford and the surrounding areas to help a small or medium business like yours.
It doesn’t matter what your business does, you need a firm grip on your company finances. It’s much harder to be successful in business if you don’t know how much profit you’re making, how you’re spending your cash or when you might find it difficult to meet all your commitments.
If your business earns more than £85,000 in turnover per year, you’re required to register for VAT. This means you are responsible for charging VAT to your customers but you can also reclaim any VAT you’ve paid on VATable supplies you bought for your business.
If you work in the construction industry and you use sub-contractors, you are responsible for ensuring that you follow the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) taxation rules which require you to make advance tax payments to HMRC for those subcontractors.
When you start out in business, you probably aren’t thinking too hard about which UK VAT scheme you’ll use. You’re focused on getting your first clients, developing your product or service and enjoying being a business owner.
Most bookkeeping for freelancers is relatively straightforward compared to limited or public liability companies. Depending on your turnover you might have VAT to deal with but sole trader freelancers who are using the cash method of accounting don’t have to worry about accruals, prepayments and other more complicated aspects of accounting.
Business bookkeeping is the foundation of all your accounting and finance reporting. Without timely accurate bookkeeping, you won’t be able to make informed decision when you need to. Finding the right bookkeeper for a small business is crucial to ensuring your company finances stay on track. Here’s what you should consider.
Forming a company is exciting. You’ve got loads of great ideas for your products and services, but what about all the formalities and legalities? This is where many business owners need a little bit of support to get things set up correctly. This article looks at forming a company in the UK and covers why you might need a limited company, the process of registering your company and some of the technicalities to consider when starting a business.
Whether you are a brasserie in Bexley or a signwriter in Sidcup, you need solid tax support from an accountancy firm that’s local to you. If you’re a small business based in Southeast London or Kent looking for tax advice, you’ve come to the right blog. We work with many clients who have businesses in the Bexley and Dartford areas as well as further afield in Kent and London.
When it comes to accountant’s services, there’s more to it than just tax compliance. Accountants can be fantastic advisory partners for your business providing consulting and support to help you achieve your goals. Let’s explore the role of UK accountants in helping their clients’ businesses to thrive.
If you are a small business owner, there’s never nothing to do. You’re responsible for sales, marketing, admin, recruitment, people management and, of course, finance. You probably didn’t go into business to be weighed down by all these tasks. Bookkeeping is one of the most time-consuming and frustrating tasks for many small business owners.
As a limited company in the UK, you have a legal obligation to file an accurate tax return with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) each year. This is a crucial part of your legal requirements as a limited company, and it’s important to understand the steps involved in preparing and submitting your tax return.
If you run a business which is small but growing, there will likely come a time when you have more work than you can manage on your own. Taking on employees is a big step and there are two important functions that you’ll need in your business to manage staff well – Payroll and HR.
Imagine it’s 15th January 2024. What’s on your list of jobs to get done this week? If you are like many people, then it will be the ‘dreaded tax return.’ January is a very busy time in the tax accounting world because so many people leave the return to the last minute.
If you have recently started up as a new company, or are looking for ways to better the processes in your small business, you may or may not be familiar with the software ‘Xero’. Xero is a leading accounting software used within start-up businesses and SMEs in the UK.
Following the Chancellors March Budget 2023 update, this blog looks at the main tax rates for 2023/24 including some of the changes just announced affecting businesses in England and Northern Ireland. For tax rates for Scotland and Wales, visit the Government website.
When you start up in business, you are likely to incur costs before you start trading or bring in revenues. Sometimes these costs can be substantial but HMRC makes some of them tax deductible so you can claim back these pre-incorporation expenses.
If you’re self-employed, you may know that the guidance around what you need to pay and when can be a little spotty. You may have been caught off guard at the realisation that you have to pay National Insurance on top of your income tax – when you’re employed traditionally this is all handled for you.
A UK VAT (Value Added Tax) invoice is a document issued by a business to its customers for goods or services sold. It is an essential record for both the seller and the buyer as it serves as proof of transaction and helps in calculating the VAT owed to the government.
PAYE employees and CIS subcontractors have tax deducted from their monthly payments but their legal and tax positions are very different. Find out more…Whether you’re on the payroll of an umbrella company or you use the Construction Industry Scheme depends on how the company you are working for sets things up with their workers.
Finding the right accountant to manage your finances can be a difficult and daunting task. With this short guide, you’ll get tips on how to research and choose an accountant near you that is trustworthy and meets your needs. Start now and make sure your accounting and bookkeeping is stress-free this year.
If you have plans to begin a business start-up, you’re probably well aware that there are a lot of things to think about. There’s one aspect of running a business that people often get stressed about, especially if they don’t know much about it, and that’s accounting. Keeping the books balanced and making future plans for your business’s finances can seem intimidating. That’s where our tips for business start-ups will come in handy!
The time of the dreaded tax return is looming… On the 31st January 2023, those who are self-employed or who calculate their own tax will need to have completed their self-assessment tax return and submitted it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Everything you need to know about balance sheets A balance sheet is an important document to have for your business. This is a financial statement that can report a company’s assets, liabilities, and shareholder equities at any specific point of time. This can provide valuable information about the financial position of the company. A business…
If you have been wondering all about Capital Gains Tax and how it may affect you, we are here to answer your questions. You might be asking, what is Capital Gains Tax? How do I calculate it? Here is your easy guide to Capital Gains Tax and how it may impact you during this tax year.
While there are some advantages of using a Limited Company to operate a rental portfolio (and we will come to these in a second), there are tax implications…
After the recent fuel shortages, the question of tax savings when buying an electric car comes up a lot. We all had to suffer the smugness of those sharing photos of their car being…