Accounting Advice

Accounting Advice

The secret to getting an amazing accountant at a local rate...
The secret to getting an amazing accountant at a local rate…

When it comes to selecting an accountancy firm, businesses can feel a little overwhelmed by the range of choice presented on the local market. It is easy to be intimidated by approaching a larger accounting firm. There is a common belief that the high level of service offered by these larger accounting firms comes at a greater cost.

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Why We’re All Moving to The Cloud

In Britain, where we are often subjected to four seasons in one day, we could all be forgiven for wanting to see that back of clouds for good. However, there’s a new cloud on the scene and it’s one that business owners need to embrace…

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Why Businesses Need Annual Budgets And Forecasts To Supercharge Their Growth

Budgets and forecasts are the business equivalent of Satnavs. If you don’t know what to aim for and what your goals are it will be impossible to reach your end destination.

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Alternative Sources Of Finance For Early Stage And Growing Businesses

Since the financial crisis it has become even harder for SME businesses to access debt finance and growth capital.

However, over the last decade a plethora of different funding options have emerged, facilitated by generous tax breaks from the Government as well as technological developments.

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Cottons host Event for the VAT Practitioners Group

Cottons Chartered Accountants are proud members of VPG (VAT Practitioners Group), a national organisation of people who specialise in VAT.

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The Tax Challenge

In this article we discuss the importance of developing a relationship with a good accountant, and invite you to take part in the Cottons Tax Challenge.

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Maximise Savings by Using Tax Relief Schemes

The new calendar year is a great time to take stock of your finances. Reviewing your finances in January and February provides sufficient time before the end of the tax year, at the beginning of April, in order to make sure that you are fully utilising all of the tax reliefs which are available to you.

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Charity Accountancy Specialists

There have been recent changes to the requirements of any charity account reports signed on or after the 1st December, therefore some charity accounting obligations have been affected.

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Tax Breaks on Christmas Gifts

We all like to receive gifts but are you aware that there are also tax breaks when giving gifts too!

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Best Way to Pay Yourself from Your Ltd Company

Directors can pay themselves from their limited companies either in the form of dividends or salary but must consider which they pick so that they are able remunerate themselves within the most tax efficient manner. Here’s what to do.

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Self-Assessment Deadlines Are Changing

HMRC recently announced new payment deadlines for anyone paying their Self Assessment tax liability.

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How to Hire and Pay Seasonal Workers

Seasonal workers are often employed on a short-term basis tasked with fulfilling their duties in a small window of time, this means that the way they are paid differs from full-time staff. Here’s what you have to consider when hiring and paying temporary or seasonal staff

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What Makes A Good Accountant?

When considering the characteristics of a good accountant, adjectives such as rational and logical often crop up but it takes a lot more than patience and numerical skills to make an exceptional accountant.

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What is the “Gig Economy”?

Explaining the Gig Economy and the tax, accounting and legal responsibilities for small business and contractors in the UK

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Effective Pensions Contributions for Consultants and Freelancers

Pension information for freelancers and small business owners. How to make tax efficient contributions from your company.

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