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29 August 2013

When will auto-enrolment pensions arrive for small businesses?

on Thursday, 29 August 2013.

You’ve probably seen the TV adverts about auto-enrolment pensions which arrived in October 2012 for the largest businesses, but when will the new rules affect small businesses?

In this month’s Q&A we take a look at when auto-enrolment pensions will become mandatory for small businesses, how the rules work, and what business owners need to do to prepare.

03 July 2013

I’ve had to pay an employee statutory sick pay – can i recover any?

on Wednesday, 03 July 2013.

Statutory Sick Pay must to be paid to members of staff who are absent from work due to sickness in certain circumstances, but usually only the smallest employers are able to claim it back.

In this month’s Q&A we take a look at the Statutory Sick Pay rules and what periods of absence qualify, plus set out how the 13% recovery calculation works in practice.

30 April 2013

What is the new cash basis, and should i use it?

on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.

After lots of hype, the cash basis of calculating profits for tax purposes is finally with us, being optional for sole traders and partnerships turning over less than £79,000 per annum.

In this month’s Q&A we take a look at how the cash basis works and set out which businesses might benefit from adopting it as an alternative to accruals accounting.

28 February 2013

Does vat have to be paid on the sale of gift vouchers?

on Thursday, 28 February 2013.

This question came up recently from a restaurant owner who sells gift vouchers for meals. She wanted to know whether VAT has to be declared at the point that the vouchers are sold.

In this month’s Q&A we take a look at the VAT position relating to gift vouchers, which generally means that VAT is accounted for when the vouchers are redeemed.

30 January 2013

Does a loss-making rental property need to be declared to HMRC?

on Wednesday, 30 January 2013.

I have been asked this question many times over the years: If a second property is rented out but makes losses, does it need to be declared to HM Revenue & Customs?

In this month’s Q&A we take a look at the rules and also set out the potential benefits of declaring a loss-making property by preparing a self-assessment tax return.
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