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Valentines Tax Benefits! – Saying ‘I do’

As couples around the UK are preparing for Valentine’s Day, those considering if it is the right time to pop the question, the ICAEW says that although it may not be the most romantic season to either propose, get married or enter a civil partnership it could have tax benefits. For example, wedding presents from…Read More

How to ease your security worries when it comes to Making Tax Digital!

Making Tax Digital is a crucial part of the government’s proposal to help make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax correct through online software and staying up to date on their affairs. From April 2019, businesses with a VAT threshold of £85,000 and over will be required to file their tax…Read More

Brighton Summit Blog: Looking Up for Cardens!

The theme for this year’s Brighton Summit was ‘Look Up’. In this blog, Victoria at Cardens explains what ‘Look Up’ meant for Cardens and her experience at the Summit. Another successful year at the Summit. Once again, an amazing experience! I had no doubt that this year wouldn’t be as great as last year. This…Read More

Banking with Tide and Cardens Accountants

If you enjoy waiting in queues, filling out paperwork and organising in-house meetings with your bank – Tide is not for you. If you’d like to save yourself time and money with your business banking, read on…. Tide aim to stop you wasting time on banking and admin and allow you to focus on what…Read More

Are you ready for GDPR?

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and do I need to worry about it? A recent survey shows the majority of businesses are unaware of the new ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) requirement that is likely to affect most UK based businesses. If you have not heard of GDPR or have little knowledge…Read More

Make the most of your tax allowances, review tax planning opportunities and get your tax return submitted early.

  A new Tax Year brings a second chance to make New Year resolutions………… This tax year (2018/19), why not resolve to make the most of your tax allowances, review any tax planning opportunities, and get your tax return submitted early.     Some ideas to help you achieve this include: Transfer income producing assets…Read More

Statutory Pay Increases – are you compliant?

  From April 1st 2018 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increased. The government is increasing enforcement in this area and substantial financial penalties can be issued if you fail to meet the new legal requirements.         Those aged over 25 on the National Living Wage now benefit from an increase of 4.4%,…Read More

Directors Salary From April 2018

From April 2018, we recommend directors take a monthly salary of £702. This salary ensures you receive a “qualifying year” of National Insurance Contributions towards your State Pension, but without the need to pay any contributions. This salary is also below your Personal Allowance of £11,850 for tax purposes.   If you are taking a…Read More

Tax Planning

The tax year end is nearly here – 5th April. Now is a great time to review your financial and tax position to make sure you have made the most of the legitimate tax planning opportunities available to you.       Here are a few quick things for you to think about: Have you made…Read More

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) – latest update

The ATED regime is nothing new, in fact it has been around since April 2013. However, changes which come into effect from 1 April 2018 are likely to bring a lot more properties into the charge. The regime levies an annual tax charge on ‘non-natural persons’, i.e. companies and trusts, who own UK residential property…Read More

Be Ready For Auto-Enrolment

The government’s auto-enrolment pension rules are now being extended to small businesses. If you own a business employing one or more workers you will have to: Set up a workplace pension scheme that meets the new rules. Automatically enrol workers who meet the age & earnings criteria. Make a minimum contribution for all eligible workers.…Read More

Cardens FREE workshops

We will be holding a number of FREE workshops during 2018. The main focus of our workshops will be Tax Planning and Accounting Software. Generally workshops will be held in our Hove offices, in small groups, with an expert in the topic guiding you through what you need to know. There will be the opportunity…Read More

How To Make Your Self-Assessment Tax Payment To HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC are encouraging more taxpayers to make payments of tax electronically (online, BACS, CHAPS, Faster Payments or by telephone banking). By Card Online Go to https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill and follow the instructions. The minimum payment you can make is £1 and the maximum is £99,999.99. To make a payment you need your: • Debit/*Credit card details; and…Read More

HMRC no longer accepting payments by personal credit cards

Paying your Self-Assessment Tax liability HM Revenue and Customs have announced that with effect from 13 January 2018, they will no longer be accepting payment by personal credit cards, although you will still be able to make your tax payment using a debit or corporate credit card. In view of this, if you were planning…Read More

The Latest on: Tax Free Childcare, Childcare vouchers, Free childcare hours, Tax Credits for Childcare & Universal Credit for Childcare

The variety of Childcare choices available is great for parents, but understanding the options and ensuring you are getting the most help you can is somewhat less straightforward. With the latest, simplest, and most inclusive of the schemes ‘Tax Free Childcare’ just becoming available – now seems like a good time to provide an overview…Read More

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