Entries by Mani Kauren

Insider January 2020

Quarter of small businesses in the UK expect to go bust by 2024 A quarter of small business owners in the UK believe their company will fold in the next four years, research has claimed. Late payments (54%), tax rates (44%) and cyber-attacks (27%) were the biggest concerns among the 500 owner-managers polled by cloud […]

Different Types of Business Structures

Options to consider when starting up. You’ve got a business idea, you’ve got the skills, the concept, the motivation and maybe even someone that’s keen to pay for your services, but where do you start? What will you call your business? What business structure will suit it best? It may be that as your business […]

R&D Tax Credits in Practice

Tax breaks for innovative business. The UK tax system is complicated but research and development (R&D) tax credits can be especially tricky to understand. That’s partly because what counts as R&D, and what amounts to true innovation, is judged on a case-by-case basis against criteria that can seem almost abstract. For example, to qualify as […]

Insider December 2019

Delay to controversial loan charge review leaves thousands in limbo A report into the loan charge may not be published until after the deadline for settling claims with HMRC has passed. Up to 50,000 people whose employers had paid them through loans from offshore trusts dating back to 1999 were warned they could face huge […]

Low-risk Ways to Start a Business

Methods to overcome uncertainty in 2020. So you’ve got a business idea, and you think it might be a runner. But then again, just as you’ve geared yourself up to commit, all sorts of midnight worries start to creep in. Is now the time? Are people spending money? What about the sluggish housing market? What […]

Gearing Up For Self-Assessment

Don’t leave it until the last minute, especially in 2020. With only two months left until the 31 January deadline for online returns, self-assessment is very much on our minds. There’s a first flurry of activity around the deadline for paper filing at the end of October, now far behind us, but December and January […]

Insider November 2019

Messages aim to promote pension saving to the self-employed A government-backed pension provider is trialling emotive messages to nudge sole traders to start retirement saving. The messages from NEST aim to persuade the self-employed to sign up for pensions through payment or accountancy platforms or trade and industry bodies. Four messages are being tested to […]

Protecting Your Business From Fraud

Steps to shield your firm from threats. Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses. This worrying picture is backed up by the 2019 Fraudscape report compiled by anti-fraud body Cifas, which provides statistics for fraud committed by employees. The report read: […]

Capital Gains Tax Planning

Tax changes to private residences for 2020/21. From 6 April 2020, HMRC is proposing three significant changes which will potentially increase the capital gains tax paid on the disposal of any residential property by an individual.  These changes seek to raise extra revenue from the disposal of residential properties and to collect these taxes more […]

IR35 in The Private Sector

Key considerations for contractors before April 2020. Large and medium-sized organisations have just six months left to prepare for changes to off-payroll working rules, which are due to extend to the private sector next spring.  From 6 April 2020, firms that engage private-sector contractors will be responsible for deciding if the rules should apply and […]