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Our take on the accounting issues that matter to you, including guidance on what tax rules mean in the real world and practical tips on running your business.

How to spot an email phishing scam

We’ve all heard the horror stories – a friend or relative has received an email from a sender they thought they could trust, only to discover they’ve been tricked into giving away their money. This type of hoax, known as phishing, involves a scammer posing as a legitimate business and convincing...

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Making tax digital… it’s a requirement

At the tail end of 2017, HMRC published its draft regulations that will guide how the government transitions VAT accounting into the digital age. The VAT regulations are a part of the government’s wider Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative, which will end the practice of submitting paper tax...

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Year-end business tax planning

With only 3 months left until the end of the 2017/18 tax year, it is essential to look ahead to the next financial year. Unlike previous years, 6 April 2018 will not herald any significant changes to how your business is taxed. Nevertheless, all business owners should be thinking about what the...

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Year-end personal tax planning

As another financial year draws to a close, all of our clients must now be focused on what lies ahead in the 2018/19 tax year. From 6 April 2018, several major changes to tax thresholds and reliefs will be introduced. These measures may affect your financial situation, so it is imperative to be...

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Tax on directors’ loans

As a director of a limited company, you have the option to take loans directly from your business as and when you require extra capital. Before committing to a director’s loan it is essential that you are aware of how they are treated for tax. In this blog post, we will examine 2 taxes that could...

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Taking on an apprentice

The government’s apprenticeship levy, brought in at the start of the 2017/18 tax year, aims to fund apprenticeship positions in businesses and sectors across the country. All businesses spending £3 million or more per year on salaries are now obliged to pay 0.5% of their salary bill towards the...

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Autumn Budget 2017: how will your personal finances be affected?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s first ever Autumn Budget statement was a low-key affair, with a relative lack of headline-making announcements. Instead, the chancellor sought to steady the ship with measures designed to mitigate the uncertainty caused by the ongoing Brexit negotiations. This was a...

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Subcontractors: the benefits of gross payment status

Here on the Knight and Company blogroll, we provide information and advice on an array of different topics for both businesses and individuals. One of the most popular entries of 2016 was dedicated to gross payment status and how subcontractors can both obtain and benefit from it. In light of the...

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