How going green is good for your business

Turning your business green to become more environmentally-friendly is more than just a positive environmental choice. Customers and employers are deliberately seeking out businesses with ‘greener’ working practices as sustainable living and working grows in importance. We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of social media posts about it, for example, and our recent article about the tax and environmental benefits from driving an electric car was one of the most popular blogs ever. It’s clear that as well as being good for our planet, there are economic benefits of going green.

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HB Accountants are looking for a trainee accountant apprentice and a business administration apprentice to join the team – could an apprenticeship be for you?

HB Accountants are training firm in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and we are all about empowering and inspiring young people to be the very best versions of themselves. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, we have developed an Education Partnership Programme (EPP) and for many years have worked in partnership with Hertford Regional College, taking on apprentices from local schools. 

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Reduce your employers’ NIC liability and your employees taxable benefits by switching to fully electric vehicles

If an employee is provided with a car by their employer, tax is payable on the cash equivalent of the of car provided. The cash equivalent of the company car provided is calculated by taking the list price of the car, multiplied by a certain percentage, this percentage depends on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the car.

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Be Prepared – changes to furlough from July 2021

Furlough has been extended until 30 September 2021, however, the level of grant available to employers under The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is set to reduce from 1st July, 2021. This means that employers will need to ‘top up’ wages to ensure that their employees continue to receive 80% of their salary, capped at £2,500 per month.

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How to start and run a limited company – free Companies House webinar

Did you know that Companies House offer free Webinars and podcasts to help you with your business? Take a look at their latest webinars and find out how to register, their next webinar Starting and Running a Limited Company looks to be a great free resource

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Are you using all your Tax Allowances? Use Them or Lose Them – learn more here

So many people aren’t claiming all of the allowances that they are entitled to – don’t be one of them! HB Accountants are on a mission to let people know (and claim what’s rightfully theirs’ to use) all the allowances and tax breaks, to improve the financial future for themselves and for their families – our Tax Manager Amy is here to help

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SEISS 5 grant applications to open in late July (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme)

Applications for the fifth round of the self-employed income support scheme grant (SEISS 5) are due to open in late July. SEISS 5 covers the period May 2021 to September 2021 and eligibility is based on your tax returns. Am I eligible? How much will I receive?

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Act Now! Super-deduction – a very attractive £25m tax break on capex investment

Super-deduction, a new capital investment allowance, has been introduced to boost business investment and help economic recovery. It is a great incentive to encourage businesses to invest in plant and machinery and there are very few exclusions on what can be purchased. Available for two years from April 2021, the 130% capital allowance deduction will deliver 25p off company tax bills for every £1 of qualifying spend.

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How to determine if your worker is employed or self-employed following the new IR35 rules for the private sector from April 2021

Buoyed by the apparent success of rolling out IR35 into the public sector, HMRC have extended IR35 rules to the private sector with effect from April 2021. If you employ anyone through their limited company or via an agency then you will need to consider the new IR35 rules – read our guide to help you understand more.

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