The ‘New Normal’ Needs A New Approach

The New Normal Businesses and not for profit organisations are now beginning to return to working albeit in a different or changed way. In addition to catching up with outstanding work and organising how to go forward, now is a time to refresh your business planning and in particular your financial plans. Good financial forecasts are even more important now when the future is uncertain and potential future work is in the shadow of Covid-19. We would recommend that at the very least businesses forecast profitability and cashflow for three months in advance. For larger organisations this should be extended [...]

COVID-19 Update 26/03/2020

This evening the chancellor Rishi Sunak will be joining the prime minister for his daily conference. It has been confirmed that the help available for self employed workers will be the main topic. We will have more information on this tomorrow. We would also like to go into further detail regarding schemes you may find useful. VAT Deferral As stated in a previous update , this is an automatic offer with no applications required. Businesses will not need to make a VAT payment during this period (20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020). Taxpayers will be given until the end [...]

COVID-19 Update (23/03/2020)

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES – THE PACKAGE   On Friday 20th the Chancellor set out a package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.   The package of measures to support businesses includes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, [...]

COVID-19 Update (19/03/2020)

COVID-19 Update (19/03/2020) Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees: The Government will pass legislation shortly to allow small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria for the scheme will be as follows: This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020 [...]

Spring Budget 2020

MORE MONEY FOR THE NHS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE BUDGET  Rishi Sunak received a “hospital pass” when he was appointed Chancellor and was required to deliver the first Budget in nearly 18 months within a month of his appointment.  He announced extra spending on roads, rail, broadband and other infrastructure projects as well as extra money for the NHS to help cope with the coronavirus epidemic. But what we were waiting to hear was where the extra money was going to come from? Had he found a “magic money tree”, or would tax and borrowing have to increase? The Office [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Blog|

The benefits of Receipt Bank.

At Harris Lacey and Swain we are always trying to encourage clients to embrace technology to better their businesses. Now is the the time, to save time.What exactly is Receipt Bank? Receipt Bank is an award winning, data entry application taking businesses by storm. Saving business owners hours in admin time, it’s used to manage receipts, invoices, and other documents that businesses depend on to keep accurate, secure financial records and what’s more, it can be done in just one click. So simple! How does it work? The best news is that there’s an app and, if you’ve read our [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Blog|

Our top tips to make Self Assessment a breeze

With the self-assessment deadline looming – if you are late to the party, you should be thankful you dropped in that box of chocolates to your accountants before the Christmas break. (If not, shame on you!) We’ve decided to create a helpful guide to help you not only become one of our favourite clients, but to avoid stress, errors and more importantly, an unexpected tax bill with only days to spare before its due. Tip one. Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail. But we didn’t need to tell you that! It sounds like the most simple advice but preparing [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Blog|

Taycans, Teslas and Tax

As a car loving accountant, this is a subject close to my heart on two counts; great cars and low tax! In the next tax year (2020/2021) having a company electric vehicle will become much more attractive. The Benefit in Kind (BIK) charge will drop to 0% and only rise to 2% in tax year 2022/2023. What does this mean in the real world? A Porsche Taycan costing £100,000 would give you a benefit of only £2,000 per year, which means a tax cost of £800 as a 40% tax payer. Compare this to a petrol or diesel car costing [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Blog|

R&D Tax Credits : A Big Cash Boost For Your Business

If your business operates in R&D, you could save thousands of pounds each year.  What are R&D tax credits?  R&D tax credits are a government tax incentive designed to encourage productive innovation in UK businesses by rewarding limited companies that are actively making a difference to improve their product performance, manufacturing processes and streamlining their services to be more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.   Is my business eligible? If your business is liable to Corporation Tax and undertakes R&D, you could claim back on your expenditures. Examples of R&D activity include: Improving product performance and manufacturing processes by [...]

By |October 31st, 2019|Blog|

Princes Quay’s Win a Shop shortlist announced   

The wait is over for successful Win a Shop candidates       With a fantastic response to the Win a Shop competition, Princes Quay called in the expertise of the judging panel and after a long morning of deliberating – the semi-finalists have been announced. Centre Manager, John Magee was joined by Hull BID’s Kathryn Shillito, FEO’s Jan Brumby, local entrepreneur Jonathan Elvidge and property expert, Mickola Wilson from Seven Dials Fund Management. The team had some very tough decisions to make with a wide range of high-quality entries from delis and cafes to clothing and furniture brands, but the final [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Blog|