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What is VAT and what are common VAT return mistakes?

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Welcome to the world of VAT. It might not be the most thrilling topic, but it’s essential for businesses like ours. Let’s dive in and make sense of it together. Ready? So, what exactly is VAT? Well, think of it as that sneaky little tax added onto most goods and services by businesses like ours.

Limited company director’s responsibilities: What you need to know…

When you decide to form a limited company you are creating a separate legal entity with its own legal framework and accountabilities. Any profits or losses incurred belong to the company. So, when you’re managing the company you need to treat it as a separate entity. Even if you’re the sole director and sole shareholder,

Do you know your numbers?


As a freelancer, sole trader or small business owner, other than knowledge of your own trade the most important thing to keep on top of in your business are the numbers. Income, expenses, cashflow, projections, first-hand knowledge of these will prove to be the most important information you will have to hand and without them,

Get those invoices paid quicker!


The problems faced by small business due to late payments have been very much in the news lately, as a business owner you are very aware of the importance of getting paid on time and that payment delays can seriously disrupt cash flow. When searching for ways to speed up payment, keep in mind that

Start-Up Advice: Choosing a Business Entity


So you’ve decided to Start-Up that business idea floating about in your head, and turn it into a reality; you’ve got a name, now you just need an Entity- but which is right? Limited Company, Sole Trader or Partnership? You should assess the types based on your available time, commitment and resources, and consider long-term

Flat Rate VAT has changed….

….Are you aware of the changes? The VAT Flat Rate Scheme simplifies businesses’ record keeping, and makes it easy to work out the VAT they have to pay. However as of 1st April 2017 the scheme changed, as announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement last year. So, how does it work? Normally a


All about the VAT Flat Rate Scheme The VAT Flat Rate scheme was introduced in 2012 and it can be used by sole traders,  partnerships  and limited companies if they satisfy HMRC requirements.  Unlike the standard VAT accounting , where  you have to pay VAT on the basis of the difference between  purchases and sales