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How to Use the DEXT Mobile App – FOR CLIENTS

How to Use the Dext Mobile App The Dext Prepare Mobile app is the quickest and easiest way to submit your receipts, invoices and other documents to Dext Prepare.  How to Access the App Amica Accounting will send you an invitation to use the Dext mobile app via text message. This makes the process nice and simple. 1. Click on the link within the text message. 2. Enter your password and click Create Account 3. Follow [...]

Claiming back VAT

When you can claim VAT back You can claim VAT back when: you’ve purchased goods or services for your business a customer leaves you with a bad debt VAT on business expenses When you buy something for your business, you’re usually charged VAT. If you’re registered for VAT, you can claim that back. You do this by reporting how much VAT you paid during a period of time. HMRC balances the amount you’ve paid against [...]

How to Register for VAT

Who needs to register for VAT? Some businesses have to register for VAT, some aren’t allowed to, and others can choose. Who must register for VAT: Businesses with an annual taxable turnover of more than £85,000. You may be fined if you don’t register. Who is not allowed to register for VAT: Businesses that sell only VAT-exempt goods and services. Who can choose to register for VAT: Businesses with an annual taxable turnover of less than £85,000. Benefits [...]

How to set up Government Gateway Account for your Business

HMRC relies heavily on the Government Gateway system to allow access by tax payers and agents to records. It is therefore important to know how to set these up. This blog walks you through how to create a government gateway account in the quickest and most straightforward way possible. Creating and setting up your government gateway account might seem mundane, but ensuring that it is done in the right way will allow you to manage [...]

12 Self-Assessment expenses you didn’t know you could claim!

There are many allowable expenses you can claim to legitimately reduce the amount of tax you pay. We’ve rounded up 12 Self Assessment expenses that you may be unaware of. To help you to start saving money, take a look at our list of Self Assessment expenses you can claim against your tax bill. 1. Office supplies HMRC will allow you to claim a range of expenses pertaining to office supplies, including: • Your desk [...]

Making Tax Digital for VAT is coming – are you ready?

HMRC urges VAT-registered businesses to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT before 1 April 2022. As of December 2021, nearly 1.6 million taxpayers had joined Making Tax Digital for VAT with more than 11 million returns successfully submitted. Around a third of VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover below £85,000 have voluntarily signed up to Making Tax Digital for VAT ahead of April 2022, and thousands more are signing up each week. In July 2020, it was announced that [...]

How to register as self-employed

How to register as self-employed with HMRC – step by step We’ll take you through the process in depth, but here’s a quick overview of how to register as self-employed: Check your work counts as self-employment Register for an online account with Complete your registration using your Government Gateway details, as well as information about your business, like your trading name and contact details Once registered as self-employed you'll have a number of obligations and responsibilities, like completing an [...]

What is a UTR Number?

What is a UTR number? A UTR number is your ‘unique taxpayer reference’ number. HMRC assigns each self-assessment taxpayer a different number in order to track their tax records. All UTR numbers have 10 digits, and sometimes there's a letter 'K' at the end.   Who needs a UTR number from HMRC? You only need a UTR number if you submit a self-assessment tax return. This could be the case if you're self-employed or have set [...]

What is the difference between trading through a Limited Company or deciding to be self-employed?

Limited Company or Self-Employed: what is the difference? What is the difference between trading through a Limited Company or deciding to be self-employed? Are they taxed the same? Can you only be VAT registered if you have a Limited Company? You may have a lot of questions when you decide to start on your journey; that’s only natural. So here is a quick run through of the questions typically asked… When will I need to [...]

SHARE THE EXPERIENCE- Our Referral Scheme 2022

We would be grateful if you could kindly tell your friends, family, and contacts on how pleased you are with our service and encourage them to join us as clients.   To ensure our existing clients benefit from their referrals and as thank you for your referral, we will offer 5% off your fee’s EVERY Month, for a YEAR! Refer 10 friends and we will send you a £100 voucher for a place of your [...]

Optimum Directors Salary 2022/23

The optimum directors salary 2022/23 will be changing and is changing to £11,908 per annum, which equates to £992 per month or £229 per week. This is the most tax efficient amount for the majority of directors to pay themselves. Owner managed businesses can typically decide how to pay themselves. This can be either a salary, dividends or a mixture of them both. Directors, which have no other income should look to pay themselves the [...]

Ten tips to help you avoid common bookkeeping errors

Trying to do it all yourself You pay an accountant to add valuable advice on how best to keep records and maintain accounts – not just to add up receipts. If your books are well ordered and up to date, they’ll have time for a discussion as well as filing your mandatory tax return. Not saving receipts for small amounts They may not be required by law but receipts for small amounts can provide backup [...]

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