The 2017/2018 tax year is coming to an end. It’s that time of year that seems to creep up on many small business owners, no matter how good your intentions were to be prepared. Now is the time to make sure you have taken advantage of tax saving opportunities and invested where possible. It’s also time to start preparing for your year end self assessment.

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?

If you use a car for legitimate business journeys then you are able to claim related motor expenses against your business profits, which will help reduce your overall tax bill. There are a couple of methods for doing this. One is to claim back the business related percentage of your total costs. The other is to complete a business mileage claim. Here we compare the two methods and provide a free tool to record your mileage. 

The Budget 2017 was the first announcement delivered by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond. On the whole there were no real surprises, as expected. A few things though will affect contractors, freelancers and small business owners, both self-employed and operating through a limited company. Here we summarise.

The 2017 Spring Budget is set for Wednesday 8 March. This will in fact be the last Budget announcement to take place in the Spring, as from now on Budgets will feature in the Autumn. The purpose of the Budget announcement is to deliver the financial and economic position of the UK, based on information by the Office for Budget Responsibility, and also present forecasts for spending plans in the year ahead. What can we expect this year?