Budget 2008 (TAKE TWO): Tax tables 2008/09

Updated tables following the chancellor of the exchequor’s announcement on 13 May 2008 to increase the personal allowance (age under 65) by an extra £600. National Insurance: Note that the lower limit for employees and the self-employed for National Insurance are no longer aligned with personal allowances. For example: Employee on £18,000 p.a. Gross pay…

Business website tips

Successful selling online requires a website that is visually attractive as well as easy to use. Here are some tips for developing a website that looks good and is easy to read by visitors. Make it readable Visual appeal is nice, but readability must be a top design priority. In order for your content to…

How to recruit the best!

Getting good people into your organisation is crucial, people are the business. If you want to attract the sort of job applicant who will require the minimum of training to get up to speed, who will be happy with their job, and who will fit into your workplace, then don’t underestimate the importance of knowing…

Check if NI numbers and VAT numbers are valid

A guide to help you determine if NI numbers and VAT numbers are valid. Certain PAYE returns (P35, P11D) will be rejected by HMR&C if a National Insurance number (NINO) is incorrectly displayed. Valid numbers always follow the same format, two letters, followed by six numbers, followed by a single letter. i.e. AB123456D. The following…

Payroll deadlines

Filing deadlines We are approaching a number of important filing deadlines that will apply to businesses who operate a payroll. We have summarised the main key dates below. If you have any problems meeting these dates we may be able to help. 19 May 2008 – Last date for your 2007-08 forms P14, or substitutes,…

VAT Cash Accounting

We seem to be entering a period when banks are likely to have less money to lend, and when they do lend interest rates charged will be “realistic”. The self styled liquidity crisis is with us! Consequently the management of your cash resources will be critical in the coming months as businesses chase liquidity by…