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Ethics is defined as "moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity". It isn't, as far too many people believe, a county north east of London....
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Too many accountants give bad advice.I have come across so many that I now believe that they just can't be bothered to give the right advice because it means they have to do some work to help their client,The commonest example is that "unless you have a receipt you can't cla...
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2019 tax return deadlines

August 10, 2019
It's a wet weekend so I thought I'd write something interesting about tax. Never an easy task at the best of times.If HMRC have told you that you must submit a 2019 tax return you have until 31 January 2020 to submit it online or 31 October 2019 if you complete a paper retur...
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I thought I had the perfect title when I started writing but on second thoughts I think it would have been better to use "You can't have your cake and eat it" - less chance of confusion! :-)...
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If you're self employed HMRC will allow you to claim for the cost of business journeys in two ways: 1) A percentage of all your car expenses based on the proportion of business miles you do. You may also be able to claim for the cost of your car as well. 2) An approved milea...
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In very simple terms, during the current tax year, which will end on 5 April 2019, everyone can have an income of up to £11,500 without paying any tax (but see the notes below). Don’t forget that income is the total of what you have been paid by clients less your business...
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The easiest way to pay your self assessment tax bill is by transferring the money online from your bank using Faster Payments. If you have a bill it will tell you which account to use. If you don’t have a bill, or you’re not sure, use HMRC Cumbernauld. Most banks have an...
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I feel like Father Christmas.

December 21, 2017
I feel like Father Christmas because a client has just said "We can't stop smiling how much of a difference you have helped me with my taxes. Best Christmas present I could ask for. Thank you so much. :-)" 0 replies 0 retweets 1 like...
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When I started to write this post I may have been a little premature with the heading. At that time the BBC website was looking at an increased tax rate of 21% for those earning more than £24,000 a year. In actual fact it isn't quite as simple as that. The Scottish governme...
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For most us my answer is "not a lot". "A Budget for the United Kingdom (hopefully) rather than for the individual" would be my summary of today's Budget. Admittedly, if you're a first time buyer you'll benefit from the abolition of Stamp Duty Land Tax on properties costing l...
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