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Harries Watkins Jones are a Bridgend and Pontypridd (South Wales) based firm of Chartered Accountants, tax and business advisers. They pride themselves in providing high levels of service. With each and every new client, they never assume their requirements but seek to tailor their services to their individual needs.Their goal is to build a strong and sustainable working business relationship with each client and to offer them real solutions to their business problems.

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

HMRC on YouTube! Information for Self-employed Childminders

HMRC have their own YouTube channel!  Whatever next?  See the example video below about information for Self-employed childminders.  If you are a self-employed childminder and would like help with your tax return then please contact us

Friday, 29 July 2011

VAT Initiative Starts

Previously I warned you the Taxman was planning a campaign to encourage businesses to register for VAT. The Taxman is calling this campaign the 'VAT Initiative'.

To launch the VAT initiative the Taxman is writing to about 40,000 businesses whose turnover has apparently already exceeded the compulsory VAT registration threshold. Those businesses will be invited to register for VAT and pay over all the VAT owed since the date they should have registered, plus a
low penalty of only 10% of the VAT outstanding. Those businesses that first exceeded the VAT threshold within the last 12 months may get away with a nil penalty, but it will be up to the Taxman to decide what level of penalty applies.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Repayment Claims for Tax on Interest

You may be able to claim a tax repayment from the Tax Office if your bank has deducted 20% tax from interest paid. If your tax-free allowance (up to £9,640 for those aged 75 or more in 2010/11), completely covers all of your income, the full 20% tax deducted from interest received can be reclaimed. Or you may only be due to pay 10% tax on the interest if your tax-free allowance is exceeded with savings income up to £2,440 in 2010/11. This may well apply to older relatives.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Must You Register for VAT?

There is a myth in certain quarters that every legitimate business is required to be VAT registered. This is not the case. Your business (as a sole-trader, partnership or company) does not have to become VAT registered until the total sales for 12 consecutive months exceeds £73,000. However, this total does apply to all the businesses you run as a sole trader. You can't artificially divide your businesses to avoid registering for VAT.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Help I thought we had beaten the Accountants are grey stereotype!

Then I saw our staff car park today!  At least one of us beats the mold! Made me smile though.

What if You Don't Pay Your Tax!

July is one of those big tax-paying months...

- If you are self-employed you need to pay your income tax and class 4 NIC on-account payment for 2010/11 by 31 July.
- A company with a 30 September 2010 year end must pay its corporation tax by 1 July 2011.
- Employers must pay class 1A NICs on benefits by 19 July.
- Quarterly payments of PAYE are due by the same date. Monthly payments of PAYE and CIS deductions are due by 19th of every month, or by 22nd if paying electronically.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Web Bots Are Out to Get You!

The Taxman has announced he is going to start targeting tax evasion by online traders, private tutors, personal trainers and life coaches.

In order to find out who is failing to pay tax on all their income the Taxman is to send out web bots (automatic search programmes), to trawl the internet for data on sales and services advertised by UK residents. This data will then be compared to sources the Tax Office holds such as bank interest and tax returns.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

July's Tax Questions and Answers

Q. I've always prepared the accounts for my own company and submitted them to Companies House and the Tax Office with no problems. However, this year the Taxman sent back my company's accounts and tax return saying they were in the wrong format. I'm confused. What have I done wrong?

A. Company accounts for periods ending after 31 March 2010 that are sent to the Tax Office on or after 1 April 2011 must be submitted online in iXBRL format. Please ask us if you would like help in submitting your company accounts and tax return online.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Tax Efficient Profit Extraction

As a company owner you can choose how to extract the profits from your company, and by making the right choices you can minimise the tax and NI paid by you and the company.

The Taxman would like you to take all the profits in the form of a salary and possibly a bonus, as these carry the highest NI charges and ensure the tax is deducted under PAYE before you get your hands on the net income. It is good practice to pay yourself at least a small salary that is covered by your personal allowance (£7,475 for 2011/12), as this makes the best use of your tax free allowances. However, the maximum salary you can take so that neither you nor the company pay NICs is £7,072 in 2011/12, as the threshold for NICs is lower than the tax free threshold. You can get credit for NI contributions without actually paying any as long as the salary is above £5,304 in 2011/12.