It may be that paying your July tax payment on account has spurred you into thinking about tax in general, or maybe you have already been sent a few reminders from your accountant about getting this year's tax return records to them. But yes, it is that time of year again where the 5 April has well and truly passed and from now on, the sooner you get your tax return finalised the better, so you can have an early indication of your next tax bill.

Cloud accounting software is talked about a lot these days, but is it just an advantage or is it a necessity, for your small business? It may be that you are comfortable with your own system, whether that is Excel or another desktop application. However, with the advancement of technology, the increased risk of security breaches and the new government incentive for Making Tax Digital, soon there may not be the choice.

Tax and accounting are often not welcome tasks for photographers, who invariably prefer spending their time being creative. It often becomes the last task on the list and subsequently there can be some pressure around deadlines if things are left until the last minute. Fortunately, help is available and technology allows for an easier ride these days. Find out tips for completing your tax in a hassle-free way.

The 2017 general election, called just a matter of weeks ago by Conservative party leader Teresa May, is just days away. The polls are suggesting that the initial Tories lead has diminished as the gap closes, making the result unpredictable. If there isn't a clear victory then a hung parliament will certainly require compromise and trade-offs regarding the differing opinions of each party. Here we look at the main tax related points from each manifesto.

With the change from one tax year to the next comes a range of different tax rates, allowances and thresholds that can change the way in which you manage your taxes. A company director is typically paid a salary from the limited company, which is calculated very specifically to maximise tax-efficiency. Should you therefore increase or decrease your salary in this new tax year?

It is natural for friends and family to want the best for you, and quite often they take the opportunity to give advice based on their own circumstances. Once upon a time incorporation was, more often than not, the sensible option for a business once it's profits reached a certain level. However, in recent years changes to tax legislation means that many of the tax breaks no longer exist. Are there any remaining related tax benefits?
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