How to Start and Register a Business in the UK

How to Start and Register a Business in the UK

What you need to do to start a business in the UK, depends on your structure of business. Most businesses register as a sole trader, private limited company or partnership. Sole traders If you’re a sole trader, you run your own business as an individual and you’re self-employed. You can keep all your business profit after you’ve paid tax on it. You’re personally responsible for any losses your business makes. You must also follow certain rules on running and naming your business. Your responsibilities It’s simpler to start as a sole trader. You’ll need to: keep records of your business sales and expenses, send a Self Assessment tax return every […]

10 Key Advantages To Have Private Limited Company (LTD)

10 Key Advantages To Have Private Limited Company (LTD)

I will speak about two most popular types of business structures in the UK: sole trader (ST) and private limited company (LTD). Starting up as a sole trader is without doubt the simplest way to start a business in the UK. All you need to do is inform HMRC that you are working as self-employed, and report your business activities through the annual self assessment tax return. Setting up business as a LTD involves a more complex formation process, and the financial and administrative responsibilities of running a LTD are greater than those of a ST. However, there are many benefits which LTD has over the ST. Here are 10 […]

Overdue Invoices: 6 Steps How To Deal With Late Payments

Overdue Invoices: 6 Steps How To Deal With Late Payments

Signed work was done. You issued invoice and waited patiently for it to be paid as you have a right to it. But the payment deadline has passed and there’s no sign of your money. What next? 6 steps you can take dealing with late payments   1. Email reminder The customer must pay you within 30 days of getting your invoice or the goods or service. If the payment deadline has passed, send a follow up email within a few days with a copy of invoice attached. If you don’t get a response, send another.   2. First formal letter Write a first formal letter and enclose invoice or […]

Never Mess With Bookkeeping – Download FREE Spreadsheet

Never Mess With Bookkeeping – Download FREE Spreadsheet

For lots of business owners bookkeeping is a nightmare. However bookkeeping is very important part of your business and tidy records helps you understand better your financial situation and prevent loss. We believe everyone wants to be successful in a business. To make your life easier we have created a bookkeeping spreadsheet (non VAT registered) for you. It will give you income and expenditure totals for each month and for each category, as well as overall totals for the year. This spreadsheet is very simple and will help you keeping business financial records.         Follow us on Facebook to find more tips in business, accounting, tax and […]

UK Company Law: Changes in 2016

UK Company Law: Changes in 2016

This year Companies House introduces some important changes to UK company law. We have provided some of the key changes and the proposed implementation dates. New accounting regulations for companies – January 2016 The regulations apply to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016. The key change in these regulations is the removal of the ability for a small or medium-sized company to file abbreviated accounts at Companies House (although the very smallest companies can prepare micro entity accounts). New accounting standards – January 2016 The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have revised the accounting standards under which UK companies prepare their accounts. More information about this change can […]

Self-Employed Expenses: How to reduce a tax bill

Self-Employed Expenses: How to reduce a tax bill

If you’re self-employed, your business will have various running costs and expenses. You can take these costs away from your business income to work out the taxable profit. Claim all business expenses and capital allowances and you can reduce your taxable profit. Self-employed: Allowable expenses   Office costs: stationery and postage; phone, mobile, internet, email and fax bills; printing, printer ink, cartridges and other small office equipment costs; computer software; rent, business and waters rates, utility bills and insurance costs. Travel costs: vehicle insurance, repairs and servicing, fuel, parking, hire charges, vehicle licence fees, membership, breakdown cover; train, bus, air and taxi fares; hotel room costs and meals on overnight […]

Tax Return: Who needs to complete

Tax Return: Who needs to complete

Self Assessment Tax Return The tax year in UK is from 6 April to 5 April the following year. Self Assessment is a system HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses to collect Income Tax. Tax is usually deducted automatically from wages, pensions and savings. People and businesses with other income must report it in a tax return. Who must send a tax return You’ll need to send a tax return if, in the last tax year:   you were self-employed even though the tax due may in fact be ‘nil’ you were a company director you got dividends from shares you had income from abroad that you needed to pay […]

10 Changes from April 2016 which may affect you

10 Changes from April 2016 which may affect you

1. The National Minimum Wage will be increased to £7.20 per hour for those 25 or over. 2. The Personal Tax Allowance, the amount you can earn before paying income tax, will be increased from £10,600 to £11,000. 3. The Higher Rate Threshold will increase from £42,385 to £43,000. 4. The Employment Allowance will increase from £2,000 to £3,000. 5. To make it cheaper to employ young people, from April 2016 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs) for all but the highest earning apprentices aged under 25. 6. The new State Pension will be increased £119.30 from to £155.65 per week. 7. The income rise disregard […]