Following the Spring Budget announcement there are a series of changes to the UK tax rates that you need to be aware of.

To give you a quick overview of the changes, we've produced a short guide to the 2017/18 Tax Rates that's free to download.

 

Download here

 

So it’s goodbye Spring Budget…

Today’s Budget brought just a handful of things that affect business owners – so we’ll explain these and tell you the 5 things you should do now

To read more in depth https://www.hwca.com/opinion/budget-2017-five-things-business-owners-must-now/

HMRC can single out businesses for random tax and VAT checks. An investigation may be unavoidable, but you can control it.

Changes in patterns or inconsistencies can alert HMRC to a potential issue. Explanatory text submitted with the tax returns will help HMRC understand the figures.

To reduce the chance of error, maintain good, accurate records and robust systems. Getting your returns and payments in on time gives you the best chance of avoiding an inspection.

You are less likely to be penalised if you have sound systems and make a genuine mistake. Errors resulting from poor systems or lack of controls are likely to result in higher penalties.

Spotted an error? Tell HMRC in writing and make the correction. Penalties can be reduced, sometimes even to nil, where you are open and honest about an error.

Get your returns in on time - delays just attract attention.

Pay your taxes and VAT on time.

Double check your figures before submitting them and keep good business records.

Tell HMRC if you've make a mistake - honesty is the best policy.

Contact

Contact our tax partner Martin by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (01793 533838) if you would like further information on handling an HMRC investigation, or a free no obligation meeting.

It is often considered an honour to act as a Trustee for a charity and an opportunity to give something back to the community. However, becoming a Trustee involves a certain commitment and level of responsibility which should not be underestimated. Whether you are already a Trustee for a charity, be it a local project or a household name, or are thinking of becoming involved, there are a number of responsibilities that being a Trustee places upon you.

The Charities sector is generally overseen by the Charity Commission. The Commission is a government department that requires the registration of most charities. The Commission plays and import role in the charity sector and is in place to give the public confidence in the integrity of charities.

A key part of the Commission's work is to provide advice to Trustees. A great deal of useful advice can be found on the Commission's website (www.charitycommission.gov.uk) where there is a section dedicated to Trustees, staff and volunteers.

The Charity Commission guidance 'Becoming a Trustee' explains what it means to be a Trustee and how to become one.

The Charity Commission publication CC3 'the essential trustee; what you need to know' provides more detailed guidance for both new and existing Trustees. The guidance sets out Trustees' duties and responsibilities.

A Trustees' responsibilities are many and varied. If you would like to discuss these in more detail or any aspect of Charity accounting, please contact me.

Contact

Contact Sue on email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (01793 533838) if you would like to discuss this in more detail or any aspect of charity accounting, or if you would like further information or a free no obligation meeting.