What does MTD Making Tax Digital mean for sole traders from 2023 – MTD for Income Tax

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment becomes law on 6 April 2023 and aims to make tax accounting easier for businesses and individuals such as sole traders by legislating the digitalisation of tax data and submission.

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Why your business deserves a great audit and how to find a great auditor!

A great audit delivers an objective assessment of your business accounts and your current business circumstances. When your audit gives you peace of mind from knowing your financial reporting is accurate, you have robust internal controls and are aware of and have minimised potential fraud, it’s a great audit.

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7 Reasons why producing Management Accounts will help grow your business

Do you want to be in greater control of your business? Make decisions based on facts such as when you typically increase sales and, therefore, need to employ more sales people or to change tack and boost your marketing spend in a particular sector, for instance. The answer is a set of accounts that is not required by law and does not have to be filed with HMRC – known as management accounts, these are numbers that give you a true picture of your business and will put you in greater control of your business than ever before.

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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 Carbon Offsetting helps business and the planet

In Britain, almost a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions come from businesses according to government statistics. Contrast this with research from Unilever that suggests 33% of consumers want to buy from brands they perceive as “green’ and employees want to work for a ‘green’ company. According to other research, 75% of employees within SMEs say that sustainability is important to them.

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