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Pawel Cieslak

Alterledger welcomes Pawel

10 August 2021

Welcome to Pawel! Pawel is the newest member of the team at Alterledger, joining as a Trainee Accountant.  We look forward to introducing him to our clients.

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Death and taxes are the ultimate known knowns - you can add tax scams to this list.

Death, Taxes and Tax scams – known knowns

9 May 2021

It is said that there are two certainties in life, death and taxes.  The old cliche has a ring of truth, and you can add tax scams to the list of known knowns. Donald Rumsfeld was roundly mocked for his comment at a news briefing on 12th February 2002 about known knowns, but on reflection, […]

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Sarita Barnawal

Alterledger welcomes Sarita

17 May 2021

Welcome to Sarita! Our latest recruit started today.  We are delighted to welcome Sarita to the team at Alterledger. Sarita is a member of the ACCA.  We look forward to introducing her to our clients.  

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Trainee Accountant Glasgow Graduate

Let your career flourish

21 May 2021

Trainee Accountant Job Glasgow In partnership with Glasgow City Council, we are pleased to announce a vacancy for a trainee accountant at Alterledger.  If you live in the Glasgow City local authority and are ready to let your career flourish, this job could be for you.  The position offers study support and a route to […]

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Growth Mindset

Who needs a growth mindset?

28 May 2021

What is a growth mindset? The concept of a growth mindset was brought to the public attention by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck.  Her experience suggested that those who believed that their abilities could be developed outperformed those who believed they were fixed.  This might seem self-evident, but as shown below this has wider applications. What […]

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Farewell Ellys

Farewell to Ellys

31 August 2021

Ellys left Alterledger today.  She will be returning to studying to gain a Masters degree and has funding for a PhD. We wish Ellys well and look forward to following her progress.  

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Computer equipment intending trader

VAT intending trader

25 April 2021

Before you start to trade you can register for VAT as an intending trader to recover input VAT on computer equipment and other costs.  You can also recover pre-registration VAT in some circumstances. Pre-trading VAT The current threshold for obligatory VAT registration is an annual turnover of £85,000. Voluntary registration is beneficial where: VAT on […]

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pre-trading expenses

Pre-trading expenses

20 April 2021

A sole trader may incur costs before setting up their trade.  Some of these pre-trading expenses are allowable for tax purposes subject to being ‘wholly and exclusively’ for the trade or profession. Capital items purchased prior to trading may also qualify for capital allowances. Pre-trading expenses Expenses incurred up to 7 years before commencement of […]

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Use the STAR method for the Manager job at Alterledger

How to be a STAR interviewee

27 March 2021

For a stellar interview, be a STAR interviewee The STAR method is a useful framework to help you prepare for interviews.  The approach can be applied to job applications, performance reviews and workplace appraisals.  STAR will allow you to structure your answers to ensure that you are making your point clearly. What is the STAR […]

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Accountancy Practice Manager Job Glasgow

Accountancy Practice Manager Job Glasgow

24 March 2021

Introduction The position of practice manager is a new role created in response to the growing demand for Alterledger’s services.  The post holder will report to Tim Alter and be responsible for managing a committed team to deliver excellent customer service through operational and commercial success. About Alterledger Alterledger is a Glasgow accountancy practice and […]

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Ian will be much missed by the team and clients of Alterledger

Farewell to Ian

16 April 2021

Ian is leaving Alterledger to support a registered social landlord.  I have enjoyed working with Ian both in Alterledger and in a previous job. The team and clients of Alterledger will miss Ian; we wish him well in his new position at the end of May. New opportunities Sarita recently joined Alterledger, we also have […]

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Receipt Bank is now Dext

Receipt Bank is now Dext

23 February 2021

A bolt from the blue – Receipt Bank is now Dext In a surprise announcement from Receipt Bank Dext, the branding and log in details for the online service changed today. How do I log in to Dext? If you previously used the following web address to log in to Receipt Bank, it should still […]

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Top excel functions

What is the formula for success? How to excel at excel.

22 July 2020

If you are going to claim to have advanced Excel skills, make sure you are familiar with the functions and features added to Microsoft 365 in the last few years. As a bare minimum you need to familiar with Excel Tables, PivotTables and functions such as VLOOKUP, and SUMIFS.

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What an employer is looking for

What an employer is looking for

1 May 2018

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.
If you are applying for a job with any professional firm (and especially if you are applying for a job with Alterledger) make sure you consider the advice here.

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VAT on services

VAT on services outside UK

25 February 2021

Buying and selling services This article considers what has changed (and what hasn’t) for businesses trading in services with the EU, including situations where there are crucial exceptions to the general rules. The highlights of VAT on services outside the UK In many cases, the VAT on services is no different to pre-Brexit 2020.  However, […]

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never send word files

Never send word files

17 May 2018

Never send word files unless you really have to. In most cases a PDF file will be the better option as it retains your formatting and allows you to control your document.
Sending word files with key information including covering letters and CVs can be perceived as unprofessional. There is no excuse not to send these files in PDF format!

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The Scottish Wedding Industry Fund could give you up to £25,000

Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

27 January 2021

Get up to £25,000 for Scottish Wedding Industry The new Scottish Wedding Industry Fund opens for applications on 28 January 2021.  If your business gets most of its income from weddings you could qualify for a grant of up to £25,000. The fund is available to jewellers, pipers and wedding bands as well as caterers […]

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Self Assessment Tax Filing Deadline Extended to 28 Feb 2021

Self Assessment Tax Filing Deadline Extended to 28 Feb – please pass this on!

25 January 2021

At (almost) the eleventh hour, HMRC announces tax filing deadline extended to 28 February HMRC announced today that you will not receive a penalty for filing your 2019-20 tax return late, as long as you file online by 28‌ February.  We are still encouraging taxpayers who have not yet filed to do so by 31‌ […]

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Need extra time to pay your tax bill?

Need extra time to pay your tax bill due in January 2021?

22 January 2021

Strapped for cash and worried about your tax? If you are one of the many self-employed who need extra time to pay your income tax bill at the end of the month, HMRC have an online process to help you spread your payment.  With just over a week to go until the filing deadline for […]

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Qualified Accountant Manager Job Glasgow

Accountancy Practice Manager Job Glasgow

1 April 2021

Opportunity for experienced ICAS Accountant The position of practice manager is a new role created in response to the growing demand for Alterledger’s services.  The post holder will report to Tim Alter, director of Alterledger and be responsible for managing a committed team to deliver excellent customer service through operational and commercial success. Apply for […]

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set up a manual VAT payment if you have VAT owing from 2020

How to set up a manual VAT payment

10 February 2021

Deferred VAT payment due to Coronavirus On 24th September 2020 the UK Chancellor announced that businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 had more time to pay VAT from this period.  The same guidance still stands though.  If you chose to defer your VAT payment as a result of coronavirus, […]

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Making Tax Digital compulsory for VAT registered businesses - HMRC AI will change everything

You need to change the way you submit your VAT returns

30 December 2020

Action required by 8 April 2021 If you haven’t signed up for Making Tax Digital (MTD) yet, you need to change the way you submit your VAT returns. Even if you currently use Xero to file your VAT returns, you won’t be able to use software to file returns from 8th April unless you are […]

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Check your SEISS eligibility

SEISS third grant

30 November 2020

SEISS third grant open for claims. The rules on who is eligible to claim are different to those for the previous SEISS grants.  The third grant will be based on 80% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single taxable instalment capped at £7,500, and will cover the period from 1 November […]

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Bounce Back Loan - a Bright Idea

Bounce Back Loan Extended

5 November 2020

When is the Bounce Back Loan Deadline? The Bounce Bank Loan deadline for applications was originally scheduled for 4th November 2020 and then extended slightly to 30th November 2020.  The announcement by Rishi Sunak on 2nd November on the Bounce Back Loan extended deadlines for applications to 31st January 2021.  The Bounce Back Loan Scheme […]

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Received a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant and stopped trading?

Received a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant and stopped trading?

30 October 2020

Received an SEISS grant?  Check your inbox to avoid a penalty. HMRC is contacting businesses which claimed a grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to check whether they have stopped trading.  What do you need to do? How do I know an email from HMRC isn’t spam or phishing? HMRC do not normally email […]

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Furlough Scheme Extended

Furlough Scheme Extended

1 November 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to end of March 2020 The furlough scheme, where the UK Government pays part of the salary costs of furloughed employees, was first extended to the end of November 2020.  Then in an announcement on 5 November 2020 the scheme was extended further until the end of March 2021. Furlough […]

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The Job Support Scheme provides support from three sources

Job Support Scheme Update

22 October 2020

What changed with the Job Support Scheme update? The Job Support Scheme update (JSS) announced by Rishi Sunak today (22nd October) reduces the costs for employers and also reduces the minimum hours for workers to 20% compared to 33% previously. The UK Government will issue further guidance shortly, but for the moment, here is what […]

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Check your SEISS eligibility

SEISS extended to April 2021

6 November 2020

Payment no 3 in December for SEISS extended to April. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been extended to April 2021.  If you are self-employed and were eligible for the first and second SEISS grants you will be able to claim grants for the 6 month period from November 2020 to April 2021. What […]

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More time to pay VAT

More time to pay VAT

25 September 2020

Rishi Sunak has given you more time to pay VAT On 24th September 2020 the UK Chancellor announced that businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 will now have more time to pay VAT from this period.  The original deadline for this VAT was 31st March 2021. Instead of paying […]

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Qualified Accountant Manager Job Glasgow

Manager job for qualified accountant Glasgow

23 March 2021

Introduction The position of manager is a new role created in response to the growing demand for Alterledger’s services.  The postholder will report to Tim Alter and be responsible for managing a committed team to deliver excellent customer service through operational and commercial success. The job is office-based in Legal House.  The Alterledger offices are […]

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