Could Government-backed business loans become permanent?

Throughout the pandemic and into the current recovery period, the Government has offered a number of loans to help businesses survive and invest for their future. However, only the Recovery Loan Scheme remains open, and this is due to end on 30 June, with no replacement taking its place. Despite the popularity and value of these loan schemes, there are concerns that, without them, small

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Make sure you are making the correct PAYE payments to HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is issuing fresh warnings to employers to ensure their payment reference numbers are correct so that payments are recognised. Each payment reference number relates to a specific employer and covers a particular accounting period. HMRC uses these reference numbers to allocate payments and to help process taxes related to PAYE payments as quickly as possible. The tax authority has said

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R&D Tax Credits – What is changing next year

Several important changes are happening to research and development (R&D) tax reliefs in April 2023, which could affect what income qualifies for R&D tax relief that businesses need to account for in their plans. These new measures are still being considered by Parliament, but details of the upcoming amendments to the R&D tax relief system have now been published. Overseas outsourced R&D Under the new

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Looking to start a new business? You aren’t alone

The majority of adults will have flirted with the idea of starting a business and becoming the next Branson or Musk. That idea would have been firmly buried for many during the pandemic, but new figures show that nearly 13 per cent of UK adults are running fledgling businesses, according to research, the highest percentage since the late 1990s. They are in the first three

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Getting to grips with the new National Insurance and Dividend Tax Rates

National Insurance and Dividend Tax rates have increased by 1.25 percentage points as of 6 April, as part of the new Health and Social Care levy. These changes have brought additional complications to the payments of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and dividends that businesses are just getting to grips with. How have NICs changed as a result of the increase? The 1.25 percentage point increase

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How can you finance a new business?

Financing a new venture is a challenge, even harder in the current climate of high inflation, global uncertainty and the backdrop of war in Europe. Difficult, but not impossible. With planning, careful research and the right advice, you should be able to find the finance that is right for you. If traditional funding is difficult, other forms of finance may also be a good option

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Keeping a lid on business expenses

It is always a challenge to keep costs down for businesses, particularly at a time of soaring inflation and steep rises in the cost of utility bills. An expense report is designed to report on any business-related expenses an employee incurs, either by using a company credit card or by using their own funds. This might include spending related to work activities, such as a business

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Spring Statement 2022

Exactly two years since the first lockdown was announced, the eyes of the public were firmly fixed on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, as he rose to the despatch box in the House of Commons to deliver his Spring Statement. Yet again, Mr Sunak found himself addressing MPs against a background of crisis, with the residual impact of COVID, the invasion of Ukraine and the cost-of-living

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