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.

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.