Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Tax Data

Believe it or not, Autumn is almost here and it’s time for the Autumn 2016 edition of our newsletter, this time featuring:

  • Tax Saving Tips for Businesses
  • Passing on the ‘family home’: the additional nil rate band
  • Is your capital gains tax bill as low as it could be?
  • Revenue extends RTI late filing concessions
  • And much more

 

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Is your brand human?

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According to a recent survey by Trustpilot, brands that use social media are regarded as more human.

The survey showed that 29% of respondents find brands that are active on social media more approachable and 31% trust brands who help by having conversations with customers online.

However, the underlying caution is to be sure that the right type of content is shared. The same survey showed that 23% don’t trust companies who advertise on social media to grow their social network, as opposed to interacting with people.

But if you feel you need to advertise on social media, take heed: Only 16% of respondents admit to paying any attention to the content that brands pay for on social sites.

Digital behavioural scientist Dr Jillian Ney says, ‘Brands need to understand what content and triggers consumers want to see from social content and plan accordingly; they need to have the right conversations.’

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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Job Vacancy: Semi-Senior Accounts Technician

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Green & Co are a forward thinking and proactive, Chartered Certified Accountancy Practice, with a diverse range of successful clients and an excellent team environment. We have recently been awarded an Investors In People Gold Award and we are now seeking an accountant to join our team.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting a career in accountancy, as the business has an excellent reputation for training and development of all their staff, in a friendly and warm environment.

Working within a “hands on” busy team, alongside the Accounts Manager and 8 other trainee and qualified accounts staff, it is essential for the individual to be an enthusiastic and motivated professional with the ability to work well under pressure.

Duties:

This position offers a great deal of variety but key duties will include:

  • Bank reconciliations from books of prime entry
  • Working on the Purchase & Sales Ledger
  • Supplier Statement reconciliations
  • Using Sage and other accounts packages
  • Using Excel on a daily basis to update spread sheets and databases
  • Answering queries from clients, verbally and written, on a daily basis

The successful candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate:

  • Having achieved an A level standard of education
  • Having achieved AAT / ACCA accreditation or be qualified by experience
  • A committed attitude to a career in accountancy
  • Willingness to learn new skills and systems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible attitude to your work
  • Be proficient with Sage and MS Office packages

Click here to apply.

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On your Marks, Gift Aid, Go!

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Did you know that you as a taxpayer can help fund future Olympic champions? Many people are aware of the tax breaks for giving to charities through Gift Aid, but not many realise that the scheme also applies to the 6,800 Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) who are registered with HMRC.

The scheme means that for every £80 donation from UK taxpayers, a club can get an extra £20 through Gift Aid – making a £100 donation.

Anthony Thomas, Chairman of Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG), said:

“A Gift Aid donation to a local sports club is a great way for taxpayers to support sportspeople because it gives clubs the chance to claim tax relief on the money they use to promote and provide facilities. Many of those competing in Rio might not be there were it not for the support of local clubs.”

full list of clubs registered with HMRC can be found on GOV.UK for those looking to donate.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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The Beautiful Game: Friend or Foe

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As if the European Championship tournament wasn’t bad enough for non-football fans this summer, the Premier League season is upon us, making fantasy football chat near inescapable for those who can’t differentiate between Lallana and a Llama.

But perhaps it is too early to write off fantasy football leagues in the office as a distracting indulgence as, according to recent research released by HR and employment law specialist Peninsula, incorporating the beautiful game into your workplace could prove fruitful.

The research showed that 62 per cent of employees found their involvement boosted morale, while 49 per cent said it helped build relationships with fellow employees.

Of course, you may expect employees to say this. For some it may be their only chance to discuss the booking rate of John Terry, or the fluctuating valuation of Riyad Mahrez. But it isn’t just the employees who claim fantasy football is a tonic for teamwork within the office.

Kristin Atkinson, managing director of marketing company Integrity Search, feels it is a ‘fantastic way to raise morale in the office as it creates something that the whole office can be involved in and interact about’, providing a ‘great ice breaker for new staff members and some funny moments in the office which puts everyone in a better mood, making them more productive’.

HR Director at Peninsula, Alan Price, adds ‘Fantasy football at work is of course fun; however playing fantasy football at work all the time is not OK. Set the guidelines that even though the league is run through the company, that doesn’t mean it is work.’

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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SME’s in the Dark over Employment Laws

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According to a recent survey, two-thirds of business owners admit to little understanding of employee rights.

A survey of 500 business from website Jobandtalent revealed that almost 66% of owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) concede to having a poor knowledge of employee rights and regulations.

12% of owners admitted to knowing nothing at all about employment laws. A further 25% claimed that, although they understand the regulations, they struggle to keep up with the changes.

The survey concluded, based on these statistics, that businesses take ‘enormous risks’ when taking on and managing staff.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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