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GIFT AID FOR CHARITIES: HOW TO BEST HANDLE GIFT AID

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Many charities in the United Kingdom look to use gift aid to benefit themselves and others in equal measure. However, it’s easy to misunderstand what this service offers you – and why it should be something to consider. Here, we’ll take a look at important information such as:
What is gift aid?
How does gift aid for charities work?
Things to consider
Finding the right expertise for gift aid

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TAX IMPLICATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO CLIENTS AND STAFF

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As a business, it’s nice to reward staff for their hard work and commitment to your business. However, many businesses will choose to pick up Christmas gifts for clients and staff as a potential tax benefit. While well-intentioned, it’s easy for a good gesture to become problematic. To help you avoid this, we’ll cover key Christmas gift tax issues such as:
Can my business claim tax relief on Christmas gifts?
What are benefits in kind for Christmas gifts?
Why might my gift be rejected by HMRC?
The VAT implications of Christmas gifts
Getting help with your Christmas gift tax issues

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TAX IMPLICATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES FOR EMPLOYEES

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While the Christmas party might be one of the highlights of the year, it’s important to take the tax implications into account. Making sure you address the following points will help you to make the most of that Christmas party. Now, when everyone is having fun, you won’t need to worry about a thing. Key points to consider when it comes to the tax implications of the Christmas party include:

Should my company throw a Christmas party?
Is the Christmas party a viable business expense?
Is there an annual limit on entertainment costs?
What are the potential VAT implications of having a Christmas party for employees?

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WHEN IS THE 2018 TAX RETURN DEADLINE? HOW CAN I AVOID HMRC PENALTIES?

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As we move into a new year, the 2018 tax return deadline is just a few short weeks away. With that in mind, it’s crucial that you get your tax return filed as soon as you possibly can. Otherwise, you face the risk of penalties. In this article, we’ll look at important factors such as:
When is the 2018 tax return deadline?
Why do I need to send a tax return?
What happens if I miss the deadline?
What should I do if I miss the deadline?
Getting professional help

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HOW TO TELL IF HMRC MESSAGES ARE GENUINE

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To run a successful business, you need to have consistent contact with the most important institutions. While keeping regular contact with suppliers and clients is important, contact with the government is essential. However, when HMRC reaches out to you, how can you tell if the correspondence is genuine or not? The web poses many risks for those who are not careful. To help you avoid phishing scams disguised as government correspondence, we’ll cover important issues such as:
Ways HMRC might try to contact you
What kinds of HMRC messages could be fraudulent?
How to deal with a potentially fraudulent HMRC message

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ANNUAL INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE (AIA) CLAIMING TAX RELIEF ON EQUIPMENT EXPENSES THE RIGHT WAY

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Claiming tax relief on your equipment expenses can be a confusing process. If you are trying to work out your capital allowances to populate the right boxes on your tax return but aren’t sure on where to start, this guide will help you to pick up some of the most important do’s and don’ts. It’s very easy to miscalculate or misinterpret what you can and cannot claim back for tax relief. Here, we’ll do what we can to help you make smart choices on equipment expenses. To do this, you need to use what is known as your Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). In this article, we’ll cover:
What is your Annual Investment Allowance?
Is there an Annual Investment Allowance limit?
Who can claim Annual Investment Allowance?
How can I make my claim?
Things to consider about Annual Investment Allowance

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RUNNING A LIMITED COMPANY?

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Running a business can be challenging, especially when it comes to the business structure. Many businesses choose to ignore the opportunity to incorporate their business into a limited company, without realising the various benefits a limited company has to offer. In this article, we’re going to look at the benefits of running a limited company, which includes:
Ease of set-up
Reputational gains
Tax benefits
Limited liability
Finding funding
Pension assistance
Making the right decision

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TOP TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED AS SELF-EMPLOYED

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Are you looking to work for yourself and utilise your skills as a self-employed professional? It’s easier than you think. Registering, and running, as self-employed in the United Kingdom is much simpler today. However, to run your business properly, you need to take into account a few important factors, including:
What makes you self-employed in the United Kingdom?
Registering your self-employed business properly.
Getting to grips with taxation as a self-employed professional.
Dealing with cash flow when self-employed.
Preparing for the future.
Bringing in the right assistance

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WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PAY YOURSELF AS A BUSINESS OWNER?

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For many professionals, spearheading their own business is the ideal long-term objective. Working for yourself, and for your clients, is always an enjoyable experience. However, when setting up your own company, it pays to be vigilant with regards to paying yourself. There are a few options that you could use to pay yourself and ensure you can earn a living from your business. In this article, we’ll look at:
Paying yourself as a business owner
Salary or draw? What’s the best option?
PAYE and dividends
Making the right decision for your business

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MAKING PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS FROM YOUR LIMITED COMPANY

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When running a limited company, you should take into consideration what pension contributions you can make. While finding tax deductible expenses that you can legitimately claim can feel like a challenge, pensions as a business expense are both justifiable and worthwhile. By contributing to a pension plan, you can find several beneficial tax advantages. Not only that, but pensions in a limited company will it help you to protect your long-term future. In this article, we’ll cover:
Why you should set up pension contributions
Pensions in a limited company
Pensions as a business expense: is this allowed?
Getting help setting up your pension fund

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