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Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making Tax Digital for VAT – why have HMRC sent a letter?

22 November 2018, Advocates, Barristers, Companies, Creative Industries, Sole Traders

HMRC VAT letter – what does it mean? Many business have received an HMRC VAT letter in the last week.  This letter informs VAT registered businesses that HMRC processes are being modernised, known as Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. What do I need to do? The HMRC VAT letter doesn’t require you to do anything […]

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What an employer is looking for

1 May 2018, Companies, Employer, General

How do you know what an employer is looking for when they post a job advert? This post will point you in the right direction

How to reclaim extra VAT

2 December 2017, Advocates, Companies, Creative Industries, Sole Traders

HMRC’s VAT Input Tax Toolkit highlights common errors businesses make when they reclaim VAT on purchases.  As you would expect from an HMRC publication it focuses on situations where you can’t or shouldn’t reclaim VAT.

Charities and Corporation Tax

Charities and Corporation Tax

16 November 2017, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries

Charities and Corporation Tax returns are often misunderstood.  Charities may think that they are automatically exempt from tax on all their income.  As the article explains below, charities may be subject to Corporation Tax on profits / surpluses.

Employer Liability Insurance covers an employer for risks to employees at work

Employers Liability Insurance – make sure you have it!

13 October 2017, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Sole Traders

Following an anonymous complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a small Manchester-based company received a fine of £2,500 for failing to have adequate Employers Liability Insurance (ELI).  What are the rules?

Mid-sized businesses free tax advice

Mid-sized businesses free tax advice

27 September 2017, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer

HMRC has announced extra help from its tax specialists to offer mid-sized businesses free tax advice.

National Insurance for Company Directors

5 February 2017, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians

Most employees will pay Class 1 National Insurance each pay day.  The weekly threshold is £157 a week with the monthly threshold being £680.  If an employee earns above these amounts, they will start paying National Insurance above the threshold at 12%.  National Insurance for Company Directors can be worked out differently.

Firstport Start Up and Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise

Start Up and Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise

6 November 2016, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer

If you are thinking of starting up a social enterprise or need advice on running an existing business, come along to the Firstport event in Glasgow on Friday 11th November. A series of free workshops have been organised to help you Start Up and Fine Tune your Social Enterprise.

Money collected by Digital Tax Accounts

Flat Rate Scheme Reverse Charge VAT

30 September 2016, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

If a trader on the flat rate scheme for VAT purchases services from outside the UK, the business needs to account for Flat Rate Scheme Reverse Charge VAT according to Directive 2006/112/EC. Small businesses on the Flat Rate Scheme for VAT do not usually account for VAT on purchases.

PAYE refund – how to get one

25 September 2016, Charities, Companies, Employer

The normal process for reclaiming overpaid PAYE to HMRC is to deduct the amount HMRC owes you from your next regular payment.  For this reason HMRC does not normally process an automatic PAYE refund.

HMRC telephone scam

7 September 2016, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

There are two new scams that you need to be aware of.  Callers are leaving a phone message or posing as an HMRC investigator.  If you are on the receiving end of an HMRC telephone scam you can report it on 0300 1232040 or on the Action Fraud Website.

HMRC interest rate change can save you money

24 August 2016, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

Following the Bank of England’s cut in its base rate from 0.5% to 0.25% on 4th August the HMRC interest rate has changed too.

HMRC new bank account

20 June 2016, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

Most people will pay their tax electronically either through their payroll, direct debit or by bank transfer.  Tax payments made from overseas now go to the HMRC new bank details.

RTI Late Reporting Codes

19 June 2016, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer

All UK employers are required to report wage payments on or before wages are paid, under the system known as Real Time Information (RTI).  Under limited circumstances HMRC will accept late payroll information.  To avoid a late reporting penalty you will need to use one of the 7 remaining RTI late reporting codes.

Employment Allowance – how to get it

9 May 2016, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer

The employment allowance enables most employers to claim a £3,000 deduction against National Insurance Contributions.

Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise

24 February 2016, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer

If you are thinking of starting up a social enterprise or need advice on running an existing business, come along to the Firstport event in Paisley on Friday 26th February.

SRIT – the Scottish Rate of Income Tax

29 November 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Creative Industries, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

From 5th April 2016 a new Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) will come into force in Scotland.  Although is it currently anticipated that taxpayers in Scotland and the rest of the UK will pay the same rate of tax next year, it is likely that the regions will diverge in coming years as more power is devolved to Scotland.

Money collected by Digital Tax Accounts

Digital Tax Accounts – the end of tax returns?

26 November 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Companies, Creative Industries, Musicians, Sole Traders

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 from Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the government is committed to Digital Tax Accounts.  The following extract is from the transcript of the speech delivered on 25th November 2015: “We’re going to build one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world.  So that every individual and every small business will have their own digital tax account by the end of the decade, in order to manage their tax online.”

Not the new childcare voucher sheme

5 November 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

A new government-backed tax-free childcare scheme was set to go live in the autumn of 2015 but so far it has not materialised.  What has happened and is this new scheme still going ahead or not?

Alterledger goes international

11 October 2015, Artists, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

We’re in Wales for the next few days We will be visiting clients in Cardiff over the next couple of days.  No time for the rugby, but spotted this crashing through Cardiff Castle. Creative Industries in Cardiff Cardiff is the home of BBC Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and of course […]

Legal House

8 October 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

Legal House – a new home for Alterledger Alterledger has grown significantly in the last few months.  We specialise in accounting and business advice for the creative industries and legal professionals.  Legal House is the ideal location as it is just across the river from Glasgow’s dynamic Merchant City, mooted as Europe’s leading cultural quarter.  Legal House […]

Bring It All Home for musicians

9 September 2015, Companies, Musicians, Sole Traders

Managing my money As part of the Bring It All Home series of events in Paisley,  Tim Alter of Alterledger will be presenting a free session sharing tips and advice on maximising your earnings and keeping up to date with your accounts. Bring It All Home Bring It All Home is three day spectacular for artists, […]

Company Directors salary (updated for 2016-17)

26 May 2015, Companies, Employer

The new tax year started on 6 April and with it came a rise in personal tax-free allowances and National Insurance (NI) limits.  How do these and other factors affect the level of company directors salary? View image | gettyimages.com Company Directors salary If you’re a major shareholder of a private company it’s usually a […]

Pre-registration input VAT

12 May 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Companies, Musicians, Sole Traders

Input VAT is the VAT you pay on purchases of good and services.  Once a business is registered for VAT, this input VAT can be reclaimed as long as it relates to taxable supplies.  Under specific circumstances pre-registration input VAT can be reclaimed. View image | gettyimages.com Reclaim pre-registration input VAT Goods In most cases […]

Start up VAT registration

12 May 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Companies, Musicians, Sole Traders

Cut your start up costs The timing of start up VAT registration can help you to cut costs at the most vulnerable time for your business.  Most start ups find that it can take a while before they are receiving income.  Rather than wait for sales before registering for VAT, you can register from the date […]

Childcare vouchers

5 May 2015, Advocates, Artists, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

As one door opens another closes A new tax-free childcare voucher scheme will start in Autumn 2015.  When this happens the current scheme for employees will close to new entrants, but still remain in place for existing employees.  If you are an employee, you will need to think about signing up now if the existing […]

Tim Alter is proud to be the only top rated accountant in Scotland according to the vouchedfor 2015 listings

Marriage Allowance 2015

12 April 2015, Advocates, Barristers, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

HMRC announced in February 2015 that registration had opened for the new marriage allowance tax break which enables couples to save the princely sum of up to £17.66 a month (£212 a year).   View image | gettyimages.com Marriage Allowance not just for the married The new tax relief, which came into effect on 6 April […]

Tim Alter is proud to be the only top rated accountant in Scotland according to the vouchedfor 2015 listings

Top Rated Accountant in Scotland

12 April 2015, Advocates, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer, Musicians, Sole Traders

Tim Alter is the only top rated accountant in Scotland According to the 2015 VouchedFor listings, Tim Alter is the only Top Rated Accountant in Scotland!  Alterledger’s founder, Tim Alter is focused on customer service, and is delighted to have positive feedback from clients.   How VouchedFor works The VouchedFor website is like a tripadvisor […]

National Insurance for under 21s

18 March 2015, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer, Sole Traders

April 2015 changes to National Insurance From 6th April 2015 employers will no longer have to pay National Insurance for under 21s.  To take advantage of this change, you will need to make sure your payroll software is up to date, but you will also need to use one of the new National Insurance category […]

Relaxed PAYE late filing penalties

24 February 2015, Auto Enrolment, Charities, Companies, Employer

HMRC will not impose PAYE filing penalties for short delays All UK employers are required to report wage payments as Real Time Information (RTI) to HMRC.  Until now this has meant that you need to submit your payroll information to HMRC on or before the date you pay your employees.  However HMRC announced that they have relaxed PAYE […]

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