Registering a small business – who needs to do it, and if so what do they need to do?

Becoming a sole trader or starting a small business is not as simple as coming up with an idea one day and then beginning to trade the next. There are several bureaucratic and administrative things that one needs to do before they can successfully register a small business. In this article, we have gathered together the steps that you need to take to register your small business, including the...

EC sales lists – what are they, and when should I submit one?

If your company sells goods or services to customers in other EU countries, it is essential that you provide HMRC with a recapitulative statement, also known as an EC sales list. This article will look at what an EC sales list is, why it is important to submit one, and finally who should do this, and how.

What is VAT? The basics explained

Everyone has to deal with value added tax (VAT) in some form or other. But what is VAT exactly? And who actually has to pay it? Which products does it apply to? How do you calculate VAT? The most important information on value added tax at a glance.

Reverse charge – the shift in tax liability easily explained + example

Many US-based entrepreneurs are still puzzled by the reverse charge. The procedure is all about transferring tax liability from the service providers to respective beneficiaries. In other words, the latter must settle the payment of taxes with the tax office. This is said to have saved time and prevented frauds in the past. What must be considered, and who is directly involved? Read on for an...

All you need to know about VAT numbers

There are many exceptions and special regulations in VAT law - especially for transactions between companies operating in different EU countries. To ensure that tax collection functions smoothly for sales within the EU, VAT numbers are given to businesses, but only to those that do business with other EU countries. This article will look at the most important questions regarding VAT registration...

Corporate income tax: the basics at a glance

Whilst income tax is payable by private individuals and others, corporate income tax just relates to the taxable income of corporations and other entities. In this guide, we will answer the following questions about corporation tax: How is it calculated? How high is it? Who has to pay it, and who doesn’t?

Taxation and the different types of taxes in the UK

Keeping track of taxes in the UK isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and/or your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the HMRC, it could result in penalties, which could cost you dearly. This article gives you an introduction to the main types of taxes in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland...

Loss carryforward and loss carryback: how you can save on taxes

Just because your business has been running smoothly for years, it doesn’t mean that things will always be this way. There could be times where the expenditures of your business are greater than its revenues. It wouldn’t be fair to expect the company to pay tax when it isn’t as financially stable as in previous years. This is where the provisions, loss carryforward, and loss carryback come into...

Entertainment expenses – make the most of the tax incentives

When it comes to entertaining clients and business partners, the UK is not the most tax friendly of locations. However there are still some ways of saving money with your entertainment expenses, and this includes entertaining both clients as well as your own staff. Here you can read all the steps that you need to take to make sure you file your company entertainment expenses correctly, as well as...

Input tax: claiming tax rebates through tax deduction

Complicated tax regulations can be a minefield, causing confusion for entrepreneurs year after year. But it’s worth being fully aware of tax legislation within the United Kingdom; you could be entitled to a refund for the VAT spent on business operations. But how does this essential part of the tax law work? In this handy guide, we explain the concept of input tax and value added tax (VAT), as...