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My apprenticeship at Cardens Accountants #NAW21

Apprentice Bookkeeper Luke Wells joined Cardens Accountants in October 2020. As part of National Apprentice Week 2021: Build The Future, Luke shares his journey as an apprentice so far to promote the benefits of this path into the finance industry. [C] Hi Luke! You spent a week with Cardens at the end of 2019 while…Read More

Film & TV Production Restart Scheme protects 20,000 jobs

Many film and television productions have been paused during the pandemic due to a lack of insurance against Coronavirus-related losses, such as filming delays when cast or crew members are ill. The £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, launched in October 2020, means productions are protected against these delays, giving them the confidence…Read More

HMRC to improve tax enquiry communications

HMRC has defended the extent of its powers to recover tax but commits to improving communications to ensure taxpayers understand their rights and obligations – particularly during a tax enquiry. In the latest report from the tax authority, it evaluates the implementation of powers, obligations and safeguards introduced in 2012. Since 2010, more than 100…Read More

Extension of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT

In case you haven’t yet come across this, Making Tax Digital (MTD) requires you to have a bookkeeping software package that links up to HMRC to file VAT returns. We have done this for many clients, but now the rules apply to all VAT registered businesses – not just those with annual sales of more…Read More

Changes to the Kickstart Scheme Grant from February 2021

The Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, is changing. So far more than 120,000 jobs have been created and the new changes make the scheme easier for businesses to apply. Changes to the Kickstart Scheme from February 2021 From 3 February 2021, employers…Read More

Covid-19 government support updates January ’21

Below is a roundup of government support updates for businesses and individuals this January. Please contact us to us if you need help in applying for government support. Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on VAT deferrals between 20 March and 30 June 2020 has been updated with an added section on ‘Correcting…Read More

How to Handle a Time To Pay Rejection from HMRC

Some Time to Pay applications to defer tax after the 31 January 2021 deadline are being rejected by HMRC. The following guide outlines the issues and next steps for taxpayers. This January, many taxpayers are facing hefty bills as income tax and VAT deferrals from 2020 combine with usual tax liabilities at the end of…Read More

Sussex Cricket launches its own wellbeing platform

Sussex Cricket Club makes history by becoming the first professional sports club in the world to launch its own mental health and wellbeing platform. As you may know, Cardens Accountants is a proud partner of Sussex Cricket. The club – in association with the local NHS – has just launched its own mental health and…Read More

4 Coronavirus Tax Relief Updates to Support Employers

Since the start of the pandemic, various measures have been introduced to avoid benefit-in-kind issues arising for employers. By the end of 2020, HMRC had either extended or confirmed reliefs to cover costs incurred by employers. Some coronavirus tax relief has a short shelf life, so take advantage of the following benefits while you can.…Read More

Xero Update for Postponed VAT Accounting

Can Postponed VAT accounting ease cashflow impacts post-Brexit? Find out more. We know a lot of our clients are struggling at the moment to get their heads around the new VAT rules with the EU following Brexit. One of the big impacts is that if you import goods from EU countries you will now have…Read More

10 Post Brexit VAT Tips

We’re now past the Brexit transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. Now, post Brexit VAT implications for business are here and there is a lot to prepare: 1. VAT postponed accounting If your business is VAT registered, you can request to postpone VAT accounting for worldwide imports of goods, alongside those coming from…Read More

COVID-19 CJRS extended until April 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended until 30 April 2021. For the period 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021 the government grant will cover the full 80% of wages. Employers will not be required to contribute or top-up for the hours not worked. You will still need to pay employer National Insurance contributions…Read More

13-step business plan for 2021

Creating a business plan for 2021 is more difficult as we cannot predict the date of a return to normality nor what will happen with Brexit just yet. However, there are some practical steps you can take to minimise potential disruption to your business: Review your Budgets and set realistic and achievable targets for 2021.…Read More

2021 COVID-19 support & grants for business

Government grants will continue for the foreseeable future and certainly until 31 March 2021. The main 2021 COVID-19 grants and supports available are outlined below. Please contact us if you need help in claiming any of these. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will remain open until 31 March 2021. From 1 November 2020…Read More

Invoice Fetch: Fully automated invoice collection from Receipt Bank

Here at Cardens, we are big fans of Receipt Bank and we use this software on all our bookkeeping clients to collect invoices and receipts. We’ve been really impressed with the release of the new Invoice Fetch feature as now instead of us having to request paperwork from our clients and then they have to…Read More

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