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How does paying dividends reduce my Company’s tax bill?

It doesn’t.  A Company pays Corporation Tax on its profits before dividends are paid out.  Consequently, shareholders are treated as having already paid tax on their dividends (called a ‘tax credit’). A shareholder who is paying Higher Rate Tax will have the dividends...

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The Pension Annual Allowance – and overfunding

General rule  For pension contributions, there is an Annual Allowance (of £40,000 for 2018/19) which is the maximum one can pay into a pension scheme in a tax year.  If you (or your employer) don't use all of the Annual Allowance, then you can carry forward unused...

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Which is best for VAT – Cash or Invoice based Accounting?  

It depends.    Cash accounting schemes – advantages for small/simple businesses:  You only account for VAT on sales in the VAT quarter in which you are paid (rather than the VAT quarter you are invoiced)  – because you pay your VAT to HMRC a bit later;  If you have...

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How to protect your business 

As well as obvious things, such as: the physical, financial and data security, you should ensure that you have good IT and internet security; plus the necessary (including Cyber) insurance. It also makes sense to have a solid Business Continuity Plan.  The structure...

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Our Video Guides

In 2007 we had the idea of publishing short articles in the local press which could be useful for small businesses. Our approach was to answer questions frequently asked by our clients with clear and genuinely helpful answers.

The natural progression was to produce videos and since 2015 our video library has increased to over 80 videos in 7 different categories.

We make every effort to stay relevant to small business and contractor issues – hopefully you will find them useful and easy to understand!  

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If you are a small business or a Contractor – we are here for you. We will help you through all stages from setting up to reviewing your existing business – making sure that you have the most tax effective structure.

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