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Computer hardware and software are two essential expenses for any modern business and costs can run into the thousands, but what can you legitimately claim for on your annual tax return? This type of business expense can often be a tricky area for contractors and freelancers, especially if you are installing new software or using
In the UK, there are four main types of limited liability companies: Private limited companies limited by shares, private limited companies limited by guarantee, private unlimited companies, and public limited companies. Sole trader and general partnerships aren’t companies as such as neither is a legal entity. Another business structure is a limited liability partnership, which
The Companies Act 2006 is a complex piece of legislation that took eight years of lengthy consultation before agreement could be reached on the final provisions. The new Act, which became law in October 2009 and contains more than 1,300 sections, replaces the 1985 Act. It aims to modernise company law, simplify legislation, enhance the
As a limited company owner, there are a number of expenses you can legitimately claim back from the business without being hit for tax. Many of these are easy to identify but one grey area is medical and health-related expenses, as some of these are considered as a benefit in kind (BIK) and deemed taxable.
In order to get a business off the ground, it’s vital to have some cash to get the enterprise going and give it some momentum. That’s where shareholders come in: by paying cash up front in return for a portion of ownership, they hope for a future higher value of the shares they now own.
They are two of the most common business-related costs, but how are broadband and phone expenses treated by HMRC, and how can you make sure they remain tax-deductible as a legitimate business cost and not be added to your personal tax bill at the end of the financial year?
Since the introduction of new rules in April 2016, employers can now provide so-called ‘trivial benefits’ to employees without having to declare these to HMRC. But what exactly are trivial benefits and is there a limit to how much they can cost before being considered a taxable benefit?
If you’re starting up a business for the first time, you can choose which business structure most suits your needs. A limited company offers liability protection for its directors and is usually most tax efficient route to take. Here we look at the advantages (and disadvantages) offered by incorporating.
Record keeping is vital for every incorporated business. If you do not keep the right records for the correct length of time, HMRC can fine your company £3,000 or disqualify its directors for up to 15 years. Even if these penalties only apply in extreme cases, they illustrate the importance of the task.
Regardless which sector or industry you work in, everybody has version of a ‘work wardrobe’, whether this is a version of their everyday look, a set of uniforms, personal protective equipment or a selection of suits or smart attire. If you are a limited company director, or sole trader, can you claim work clothes as
As a business owner, you are probably aware that you must automatically enrol any employees into a workplace pension scheme. Here we look at how the new pension rules work, and explain why many small companies are exempt.
Hiring your first employee can feel like a strange and daunting task for any small company owner, particularly as it means handing over a great deal of responsibility to another person.
Directors’ and officers’ insurance, also known as D&O insurance, is a type of business insurance that can often seem quite complex. How does it differ from other types of business insurance, what exactly does it cover, and is it really necessary?
If you’re running a limited company, your company accounts will contain a balance sheet and profit and loss statement. They form part of your statutory annual accounts. But what exactly do these terms mean, and when are you likely to need to use these documents?
To encourage entrepreneurship in the UK, eligible individuals pay a lower 10% rate of Capital Gains Tax on the disposal of business assets, subject to a lifetime limit.
Since January 2013, if you (or your partner) earns £50,000 or more, your family is not eligible to receive the full state Child Benefit entitlement. Here we look at how this charge works, and why it creates a controversial anomaly in the tax system.
By taking out tax investigation insurance, you can help to mitigate the potential cost of being investigated by HMRC which can be both time-consuming and expensive. This type of insurance policy also gives you the peace of mind that you will be covered should you be selected for tax investigation.
A limited liability partnership (LLP) is a business model that shares some characteristics with both a limited company and a regular partnership while possessing unique features of its own. In terms of company structures, LLPs are relatively new in the UK and were first introduced in 2000 by the Partnership Act. So, what type of
Sole traders are simply people who are self-employed. Whatever your industry, anyone can become self-employed and run a business without a team and as a single individual.
If you are a new business owner, bookkeeping in some form is going to be essential to organising your finances, allowing you to keep up-to-date records of both your income and your outgoings.
Public liability insurance should be seen as an absolutely essential business expense. It’s an insurance policy that you purchase to protect your company and cover your legal costs and expenses if you have to defend yourself, and your business, against legal action.