Category: financial

Do I need to repay any of the SEISS Grants I got?

HMRC are now writing to more and more sole-traders who have incorrectly claimed any one of the FIVE SEISS (self employment income support scheme) grants during 2020 and 2021 demanding repayment. You should be aware of the conditions for repayment and make the necessary arrangements to repay sooner rather than wait for HMRC to add…

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Got Covid? Had to close? Lost income?

If you or one of your dependents have caught covid which means you are unable to work, then you could be eligible for a £500 “test & trace” payment. You are eligible if: you’re employed or self-employed you, or a child you’re the parent or guardian of, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or been…

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October 2021 Autumn Budget headlines

NI & Dividend tax increase 1.25% National Insurance will increase from 6th April 2022 by 1.25%. This means that if you are an employee or a sole trader earning £30,000 a year, you will have to pay an extra £255 in tax. If you are the employer, then you’d have to pay an extra £255…

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What’s New In The Autumn Budget?

In Summary, the Autumn Budget today impacts your business and personal finances in the following ways: Stamp Duty has been abolished for all new home purchases costing £300,000 or less. This means a potential saving of £3,500 compared to the old stamp duty of 2% on homes costing more than £125,000. This means that if…

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Christmas party tax tip

If you’re having a Christmas party (or any other annual event) there is an exemption of up to £150/pp you can spend and it’s all tax free! The conditions The total cost must not exceed £150 per head, per year. £150 includes VAT together with any extra costs such as transport and accommodation. The £150…

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LeeP Accountant’s Top 6 Bookkeeping Tips To Make Your Accountant Happy!

LeeP Accountants top tips for a healthy relationship with your Accountant! It’s no secret that business owners have to wear many hats – and most would agree that the least exciting of those hats is the bookkeeper’s. A recent survey of businesses conducted by the ICAEW indicated that the #1 thing that slows down business growth…

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Are You Keeping Records Of Your Business Journeys?

Our research shows that 95% of sole traders don’t keep records of journeys, which means they have to claim for petrol rather than mileage. When you claim for petrol, you have to split the bill between business and personal use. Thus, you could lose out if you do a great deal of driving for business…

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Should Small Business Owners Still Form A Limited Company?

“With the much reduced dividend allowance coming in from April 2018, does it still make sense to form a limited company or should I continue to operate as a sole-trader?” This is a question I get asked all the time and the answer, unfortunately, is “it depends”. Forming a limited company can often be driven…

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Keeping business finances separate

Top tip- keep business and personal finances separate by opening a separate business bank account and be meticulous in how you spend money from it. One of the easiest ways to open a business account is to make an appointment at your local branch and speak to an advisor. Explain that you wish to open…

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Making Tax Digital – An Update

MTD presentation LeeP Accountants Jun 17 Confused or bemused by HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD)? What does Making Tax Digital really mean? How will it affect you? Does MTD mean quarterly reporting? Is my business exempted from Making Tax Digital? What’s New? On 13 July 2017 the government announced that MTD would be delayed for business until…

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