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Cottons Chartered Accountants – December News

As always, it’s been a very busy month here at Cottons! We’ve been training our employees, raising money for charity and of course had lots of festive fun!

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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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Allowances for Entertaining: Staff And Clients

An article on allowances for entertaining clients/staff and the associated expenditure that will be allowed to be deductible for corporation tax and VAT purposes.

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VAT on Disbursements – important notice for all conveyancing solicitors

An article covering VAT on Disbursements as a result of the recent tribunal case in which a firm lost their appeal against an assessment from HMRC for Output VAT not collected on recharged local authority search fees.

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Cottons Chartered Accountants November News

It’s been another busy month here at Cottons! The company is buzzing with new vacancies, new technologies and new clients. Here’s what’s been going on in detail…

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Updates to Tax Free Childcare

The world of tax free childcare is undergoing its most significant changes. The existing childcare voucher scheme is finally being closed to new entrants after March 2018 and its successor, the childcare account, is being phased in now.

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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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Autumn Budget 2017: Key Announcements

After much speculation around what will be announced the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Budget to Parliament on 22nd November 2017.
Here is an overview of the key announcements.

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Tide: The Bank Account for Consultants and Freelancers

Tide is a UK only current account for businesses with minimal transactions, meaning it is perfect for freelancers and consultants.

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Autumn Budget 2017: Predictions

Ahead of the 2017’s Autumn Budget on 22nd November we’ve taken some time to consider what Chancellor Philip Hammond may announce. Here are the predictions

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Will Smart Rejoins Cottons as Partner

We’re proud to welcome back Will Smart! Will is returning to Cottons as a partner and will be based at the Northampton branch.

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Pensions: Updates to Auto-Enrolment

Auto-enrolment has been affecting businesses in stages but recently The Pensions Regulator has updated the Pension Auto Enrolment staging date for some businesses. Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Cottons’ Pack Tackle The Wolf Run

On a chilly November morning ten of our bravest (or craziest…) employees took on the elements as they tackled the Winter Wolf Run; one of the toughest obstacle course races Britain has to offer.

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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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