Staying under the VAT threshold with multiple businesses

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A business is either registered for VAT or not registered for VAT.  A business cannot have some activities registered and some not. Similarly, the VAT threshold (2017-18 £85,000) cannot be avoided by artificially splitting a business into separate parts and arguing each part is under the threshold. However it can be possible for two people […]

Gone phishing

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HMRC are warning that a large scale scam email is at large: “Customers are strongly advised to lookout for a new phishing scam. If you get an email with the subject, “Your 2016 Tax Report”, with an attachment, do not open it. Please forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. For more advice, please […]

Charities Commission shows its teeth

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The Charities Commission have publicised an inquiry they are holding into a charity that has repeatedly missed accounts filing deadlines.  The failure to file accounts on time is cited as evidence of mismanagement and misconduct; and reason to examine all financial and governance aspects of the charity.  Whether “naming and shaming” is really the most […]

VAT on e-books likely to be reduced

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Currently in the UK most physical books are sold with 0% VAT and most e-books are sold with 20% VAT.   Until Brexit has actually completed, the UK remains part of the EU wide VAT system.  It is therefore of interest that MEPs are to vote on a EU Commission proposal to reduce the rate of […]

HMRC lose case on daily penalties

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HMRC have lost a recent tax penalties case heard by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) on 24 April 2017.  HMRC had applied daily penalties of £10 per day for late filing of a personal tax return.  HMRC could not provide evidence that the tax payer had been properly warned of such penalties. As with all […]


ShareFile – secure on-line storage of all documents we prepare for you

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KashFlow – our online bookkeeping system

KashFlow is an easy to use, no jargon, fully functioning online bookkeeping system.

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Downloads. From time to time you may need to download a template document.  Here are some of the most commonly requested:

Our bookkeeping spreadsheet is free to use and will suit most simple businesses. If you are not VAT registered and only have one bank account then you can use the simplified version of this spreadsheet.

Bookkeeping Spreadsheet

Bookkeeping Spreadsheet (Simplified)

Dividend Record 2016-17

Dividend Record 2017-18

Mileage Log

Use of Home as Office

When providing us with your monthly payroll information please use the following spreadsheet.

Payroll Template 17-18

CIS Template 17-18


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  • PAYE Scheme – For us to set up a PAYE scheme please complete the spreadsheet here and return this to us.
  • VAT – For us to register you for VAT please complete the spreadsheet here and return this to us.


  • If you have a new employee joining without a P45 please complete the form here.

Personal Tax

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Tax Diary

Due DateTaxAccount period
1 July 2017Corporation Tax paymentYear ended 30 September 2016
7 July 2017VAT paymentQuarter ended 31 May 2017
19 July 2017Payroll (PAYE, NI, CIS) paymentMonth ended 5 July 2017
1 August 2017Corporation Tax paymentYear ended 31 October 2016
7 August 2017VAT paymentQuarter ended 30 June 2017
19 August 2017Payroll (PAYE, NI, CIS) paymentMonth ended 5 August 2017
1 September 2017Corporation Tax paymentYear ended 30 November 2016
7 September 2017VAT paymentQuarter ended 31 July 2017
19 September 2017Payroll (PAYE, NI, CIS) paymentMonth ended 5 September 2017

Tax Figures

Tax Figures (updated January 2017)   
VAT thresholds:2017/182016/172015/16
Registration85,00083,000 82,000
Deregistration83,00081,000 80,000
Flat rate scheme: Joining (excluding VAT) 150,000 150,000 150,000
Flat rate scheme: Leaving (including VAT) 230,000 230,000 230,000
Cash accounting: Joining 1,350,000 1,350,000 1,350,000
Cash accounting: Leaving 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000
VAT rate: 20%20%20%
Income tax2017/182016/172015/16
Personal Allowance11,500 11,000 10,600
Savings rate band5,000 5,000 5,000
Savings rate (from 6 April 2016 0% PSA*)0%0%0%
Basic rate band (20%)
33,500 32,000 31,785
Start to lose child benefit (from 7/1/13)50,000 50,000 50,000
Lose all child benefit above60,000 60,000 60,000
Lose personal allowance at100,000 100,000 100,000
Additional rate on earnings over (45%)150,000 150,000 150,000
Rent a room limit 7,500 7,500 4,250
Employers NI threshold680671671
Optimum annual salary [A]8,160 8,052 8,052
Personal allowance + basic rate45,000 43,000 42,385
Remaining after deducting [A]36,840 34,948 34,333
Net dividends (within basic rate)36,84034,948 30,900
Dividend Tax Allowance5,0005,000
Dividend tax rate basic rate taxpayers7.5%7.5%
Dividend tax rate higher rate taxpayers32.5%32.5%
Dividend tax rate additional rate taxpayers38.1%38.1%
National Insurance2017/182016/172015/16
Employees NI rate12%12%12%
Employers NI rate13.8%13.8%13.8%
Lower earnings limit5,876 5,824 5,824
Upper earnings limit45,000 43,000 42,385
Primary threshold8,164 8,060 8,060
Secondary threshold8,164 8,112 8,112
Self employed NI rate9%9%9%
Self employed NI lower limit8,164 8,060 8,060
Self employed NI upper limit (2% NI above this)45,000 43,000 42,385
Small earnings exemption6,025 5,965 5,965
Class 2 (per week)2.852.802.80
Student loan threshold (pre-2012) Plan 117,49517,495 17,335
Student loan threshold (post-2012, England and Wales only) Plan 221,00021,000
Student loan rate (pre-2012)9%9%9%
Employment Allowance (deduction from Employers NI)3,000 3,000 2,000
Capital Gains Tax2017/182016/172015/16
Capital gains tax annual exemption11,10011,100 11,100
Capital gains tax rates (Residential property)18%/28%18%/28%18%/28%
Capital gains tax rates (Other)10%/20%10%/20%10%/18%/28%
Quarterly payments if monthly fee below1,5001,500 1,500
Use of home as office employees£4 per week£4 per week£4 per week
Capital Allowances2017/182016/172015/16
AIA limit (£200,000 from 1 January 2016)200,000 200,000 500,000
Standard main pool rate18%18%18%
Special rate (integral features and long term)8%8%8%
Small pool write off1,0001,0001,000
Corporation tax rates2017/182016/172015/16
Main rate (18% from 1/4/20)19%20%20%
Small company rate (ended from 1/4/15)NLANLANLA
*Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) 0% tax on savings income up to £1,000 (£500 higher rate tax payers)
From 6 April 2015 trivial benefits up to £50 not taxable (cap of £300pa for officers and their family)

Fuel Rates

Fuel typeFrom 1 June 2017
Petrol 1,400cc or less11p
Petrol 1,401cc to 2,000cc14p
Petrol over 2,000cc21p
Diesel 1,600cc or less9p
Diesel 1,601cc to 2,000cc11p
Diesel over 2,000cc13p
LPG 1,400cc or less7p
LPG 1,401cc to 2,000cc9p
LPG over 2,000cc14p



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