As You Were!

The Budget announcement, and subsequent withdrawal, regarding the increase in NI contributions for the self-employed has been a debacle. Philip Hammond was supposed to be a safe pair of hands as Chancellor of the Exchequer, but any more gaffes like this and he will earn the nickname “Butterfingers”!

Simplifying the tax system is a noble aim, and the abolition of Class 2 NIC from 6th April 2018 is a good step along this road. It seems that the Chancellor was trying to claw back
some of this lost revenue by his Class 4 NIC hike, but this was politically unacceptable. Continue reading

Budget 2017 – Payroll Changes

With the new tax year looming, the payroll year end is at the top of the list of ‘to do’ for all of us processing payrolls.  I thought it might helpful if I run through a few of the things that we need to keep in mind this month and into the next:

If you haven’t already ordered, and don’t want to waste ink, the Revenue are still providing blank P60 forms for free, just search for the online order form on HMRC.GOV.UK. Continue reading

Vanity, Sanity & Reality

I’m asked to interpret accounts a lot by clients. Either their own or somebody else’s, perhaps a competitor, customer, acquisition target or supplier. It doesn’t matter what the reason or how big or small they are, I always look at three aspects;

  1. Are they growing revenue?
  2. Are they profitable?, and
  3. Do they generate cash?

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Choosing to incorporate? A wise decision or not?

“The number of private sector businesses that are now incorporated is on the rise. So why do people choose to incorporate? There are certain benefits relating to legalities and limitation of liability, but what are the tax and financial benefits to this?

There is often a misconception that when you are the shareholder and director of a company that all the profits belong to you. You should beware not to fall into this trap. Once incorporated, all the profits belong to the company and tax planning becomes an essential tool to extract this profit for yourself in the most tax efficient manner. Continue reading

Keeping It In The Family

More than two-thirds of British adults have provided financial support to their families in some form, according to a September survey from OneFamily. Although one in five said it’s only the older generation who support the younger one, 13% stated that their family supports one another financially across generations and 33% revealed that everyone helps everyone out when needed. Mums are more generous than dads at offering financial support (55% compared to 46%). Sons have been the biggest recipients of help (28%), Continue reading

Nicholsons attended the National Corporate Finance Conference dedicated to helping SME’s

One of the benefits of being a member of The Corporate Finance Network, the UK’s only network of accountants dedicated to providing advisory services to SME’s, is attending the two conferences each year.

Last week I attended the conference held in Bury, Lancashire. One aim of the conference is to learn what’s new in the world of corporate finance specifically targeted at SME’s. Continue reading