Smarter accounting

Scottish Advocates and Tax

25 November 2013

There are number of special rules governing the financial accounts of Advocates and Barristers in the UK.  For an overview please refer to my blogpost on the CIMA Accountant website. Computing profits for Advocates Earnings Basis The earnings basis is calculated in accordance with UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (UK GAAP). Advocates are taxed on the […]

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Online Accounting

29 July 2013

Almost everyone that uses the internet already uses cloud computing. There are a number of online accounting packages available which make the accounting process easier for small businesses and have the potential to increase profits too.

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Does your accountant work for you?

20 May 2013

The role of an accountant in a business. Many small businesses do not have an accountant on the payroll and hire external consultants to fulfil their financial needs.  In too many cases the accountant is only working for the benefit of external stakeholders such as Companies House and HMRC.  This role is described as financial […]

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UK Private Limited Company Formation – A brief guide.

16 April 2013

What is a private limited company? A private limited company is a company limited by shares.  The company is run by its directors on behalf of its shareholders.  There must be at least one director and one shareholder for any new private company.  The same person can be director and shareholder.  The shares in a […]

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Real Time Information for payroll processing – are you ready?

17 February 2013

Change required for all employers All employers will have to change the way they process payroll in 2013.  If your organisation pays wages to anyone including salaried directors, you will need to provide information in “Real Time” to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  Real Time Information (RTI) requires employers to submit payroll information before […]

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Scottish Charities – OSCR Annual Return

10 January 2013

Scottish charity reporting All charities rely on their reputation.  Charities have a privileged position including exemption from Corporation Tax.  Donors give money to charities on the basis that the funds will be used responsibly and in accordance with the publicly declared charitable purposes.  It is the responsibility of Trustees of Scottish charities to ensure that […]

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