Tax

We've never met a business owner who likes doing their taxes (even if working with an accountant). Phil Astley has some encouragement to help you get through this stage, and some suggestions to help you get more out of doing the books, and to make tax time easier for both you and your accountant, now and in future.

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There are a plethora of generally positive tax changes from 1 April 2017. This is not a complete summary - just the simplest and most common. Even then not all details are known yet. Trouble is at the end of 2016 the legislation still hasn't been passed. This is leaving it late - especially if elections have to be made before 1 April. So this is just advance warning to give you the chance to think about these while lying on the beach.

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The effect of the new Financial Reporting Act 2013 on your company depends largely on the size of your business– and if you are a small business owner, you may find it makes your life easier.

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Find out what you can do to keep the bookkeeping side of your business running smoothly - even if you are smart enough to get an expert to take care of it for you.

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It has been said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. There may well be certain events, but it’s often confusing working out what tax advantages may be gained by the company or the employee(s) depending on how insurance policy ownership, beneficiaries and payments are structured. Steven de Jong throws some light on the issue

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Could you be missing out on business because you don’t accept credit cards? CellCharge explains

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If you are involved with a charity it might pay to check what the new Charities Act means in terms of tax advantages

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If you are starting out in business, there is a new tax discount you may be entitled to

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There are plenty of ways your accountant should be able to help you legally reduce your tax bill advises Christopher Raynal

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It's perhaps timely to take a look at your tax timetable and be aware of any upcoming tax deadlines you may need to meet. Inland Revenue provides some pointers

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There are pros and cons to registering for GST - if you have the choice. Christopher Raynall looks at some of the times it may be beneficial to decide NOT to register

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Getting to grips with your taxes when starting a new business can be a challenge. This article, written by Inland Revenue, should help you start off on the right foot.

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Your business is losing money ... can Inland Revenue really be your best friend? Christopher Raynal helps you look on the bright side

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Do you have difficulty preparing your tax returns? If you do, you may like to consider getting a tax agent to help you.

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Do you need to register for GST? What are your responsibilities if you are registered? This article gives you a broad overview of GST and has links to more in-depth information from Inland Revenue's website.

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During a recent survey on HomebizBuzz, respondents raised some tax-related issues they wanted to see addressed. Here, Inland Revenue responds to some of these - with a promise of more to come

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Be among the first to test Inland Revenue's new Natural Language Speech Recognition technology, which allows you to just ask for the tax-related stationery you need, instead of having to use your touch tone phone

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When you are faced with a tax question, do you prefer to resolve it round the table rather than over the phone? But are you miles from the nearest Inland Revenue office? The Heartland Services initiative gets Inland Revenue out of the city and into the country, so rural home businesses can get help with a full range of personal tax and business tax issues.

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Did you know that you can communicate with Inland Revenue by email? You may find that Inland Revenue's email services are a useful alternative to their traditional mail and telephone services in some situations. Email is quicker than traditional mail because delivery times are reduced, and email can be more effective than the telephone when you are dealing with a complex issue.

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If you think you'll have trouble paying your tax, contact Inland Revenue. You may qualify for an instalment arrangement, which could save you money. The secret is to contact Inland Revenue sooner rather than later…

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