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June 2017

2016/2017 Academies Account Direction

The ESFA has published its Academies Accounts Direction for 2016/17. Although the changes aren’t as significant as last year, there are a number of things to consider. As well as introducing new disclosure requirements, including academy transfers and the apprenticeship levy, and providing guidance on accounting for premises occupied by church academy trusts, the ESFA has taken the opportunity to re-affirm/clarify existing financial administrative and legal requirements.

Should homebuyers rush to make good use of low interest rates?

Home owners have seen the average value of their UK homes increase by over 40% and almost £60,000 over the past eight years since interest rates hit historic lows.

Tax Diary July

July is a very busy time in the tax calendar, with critical filing dates.

Public Speaking: A strategy for a great presentation

Public speaking isn’t easy but is a necessary skill for many in the business world. Whether it is a boardroom presentation or an update to shareholders/staff members, most managers will be required to present at some point. Here is a presentation strategy to help you to up your game. 

Innovation: Look for a good problem to solve

In today's rapidly evolving business environment, innovation is key to the growth (and indeed, survival) of most firms. Many of us are constantly on the look-out for an innovative new idea.

What happens if I can't pay my tax on time?

Following on from the previous article, we thought readers might be interested in the consequences if they fail to pay their Self Assessment tax on time.  

How to reduce your tax payments

Are you self-employed? If you are, or if you are someone who doesn't pay all their tax at source, you may need to make your second payment on account for 2016-17, due date for payment is 31 July 2017.  

Valuable information on P11D's

Employee expenses and benefits – employer reporting requirements If you’re an employer you  need to submit an end-of-year report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), for each employee and director you’ve provided with non-business expenses or benefits in kind.  The report is made on a form P11d.  

Sage UK introduces tighter controls of its software licenses

From 1 June 2017, Sage will be introducing tighter control of its software licences to ensure Sage 50 Accounts is used in conjunction with a genuine and valid license