Last Thursday night the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth New Year Dinner and Awards 2017 took place. Inform Accounting were delighted to be one of the three businesses shortlisted for the Sutton Coldfield Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Power Minerals).
Changes were introduced with effect from April 2015, which provide those aged 55 plus with greater access to their pension savings. Where an individual has a defined contribution (money purchase) scheme, it is no longer necessary to purchase an annuity with the pension pot.
Plans to introduce a new Lifetime ISA were unveiled in the 2016 Budget. The Lifetime ISA will be available from April 2017. It can be used either to save for a deposit for a first home or to save for retirement.
Hiring an accountant is widely considered best practice for small business owners. But delegating financial analysis and reporting doesn't mean completely checking out of the process each month or quarter.
Lettings relief increases the amount of the gain that is sheltered from capital gains tax when you sell a property which has at some time been your only or main residence, and in respect of which some private residence relief is due.
Taxpayers who have not told HMRC about all their income and gains can make a disclosure online. It is always better to tell HMRC rather than waiting for HMRC to come to you. Even with the best of intentions, it is easy to make mistakes.
"Outsource your weaknesses." So says start-up guru, Sujan Patel, when advising small business owners to get outside help for tasks like payroll and bookkeeping. And when you consider that 70% of businesses fail due to poor in-house financial management, Patel's advice seems spot on.