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|

MTD : Making Tax Digestible

  HMRC are implementing Making Tax Digital (MTD) to streamline the way businesses report their finances, bringing with it a bank of new software, regulations and questions. According to the Making Tax Digital Monitoring Businesses’ Awareness of MTD report little over 6 weeks ago , 20% of VAT registered businesses still have no idea when they plan to sign up, and 11% still do not know what MTD is. Now that we have passed the starting line of the 1st April, it is important to get our heads out of the sand and into the cloud.   There are two [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Blog|

Pay rises all round.

A good old pay rise isn't always good news for everyone.   April is a time for good news and bad news. For example, Easter. Good news; lots of chocolate. Bad news; sorting out childcare during the school holidays. Well statutory payments are no different. Whilst we all enjoy a £650 increase in our personal allowance, there is also a rise in National Minimum Wage (NMW), National Living Wage (NLW) aswell as pension contributions. This may be good news for those employed, but an employer of a labour intensive business could really feel the hit. Employee’s Age Old rate New [...]

Join Us At Our MTD Business Briefing

Join Us At Our MTD Business Briefing Pink Pig will be hosting Making Tax Digital Business Briefings every fortnight from January through to April 2019. Join us for refreshments as we inform you of what MTD is and offer a step-by-step guide of what you need to do next. See the flyer below for more information: We plan to host these sessions every fortnight from January through to April 2019. Currently scheduled dates are as follows: 13th December 2018: 8am-10am 3rd January 2019: 6pm-8pm 17th January 2019: 8am-10am 31st January 2019: 6pm-8pm  

By |December 1st, 2018|Blog|

April 2019 Personal Taxation, Wages and Salaries

It's so important to know exactly how the budget is going to impact on YOUR pocket! As we all know, there is a certain amount of money the government so kindly allows us to earn before we must pay income tax. This is called our personal allowance. From April 2019 that is increasing from £11,850 to £12,500. In monetary terms, as that is the threshold before we start being taxed at 20%, it means an extra £130 in your pocket each year. There had been talks of this previously, but the chancellor has decided to introduce this a year early [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|Blog|

The Robin Hood of the ages?!

With just under a week until the Autumn budget what are we likely to see from this year’s?! In the words of Matthew Lynn, a journalist for the Telegraph Business, it’s becoming a bit like the first world war. An assault each autumn, all the while neither side seem to be getting anywhere, other than getting even more stuck in the mud. Let’s not forget this is the penultimate budget pre-Brexit so the pressure does seem to be on for old Phillip. It’s all about the Young’uns It’s been no secret that in the most recent election the majority of [...]

By |November 16th, 2017|Blog|