Value Added Tax, VAT for short, is levied on the sale of nearly all goods and services by businesses. VAT for goods and services is charged at differing levels. The standard VAT rate of 20% is charged on most goods and services. In principle working out how much VAT to pay HMRC seems simple, but it can more complex than you think.

With interest rates low and house prices steadily rising, investing in property is often thought of as the ideal money making opportunity – and an easy, safe bet. It is no wonder then that if you have a little bit of money to invest you are lured by the thought of a regular income, or a boosted retirement pot. However, many do not consider, or are not aware of, all the tax implications they face.

It is likely you have noticed that interest rates on savings are at an all-time low. Your Individual Savings Account (ISA) is probably earning you as little interest as your other savings (and general bank) accounts, and there does not seem to be much chance of the base rate increasing significantly any time soon. However, there might still be ways to take advantage of ISAs. 

Starting self-employment is a big step. No longer will you have the luxury of a regular salary and you will also have new responsibilities when it comes to reporting your tax affairs to HMRC. It need not be daunting though as help is available. Here in a checklist of the most important things to know for tax when starting self-employment. 

Purchasing your first home, or moving into a new property, is an exciting and joyous time. It is also a big financial commitment. Getting expert financial advice could save you money as well as time and stress. There are many things to consider when purchasing a property, even more so if you are purchasing a second residential property. One of these is stamp duty.

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.
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