VAT and financial services

VAT and financial services: Are you losing out on VAT? VAT and financial services is a very tricky area and this video presentation gives a brief overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaYzGej4p0c The main points covered are: 1) VAT and financial services exemptions under VAT Act 1994 Schedule 9 Group 5 (eg money, loans, securities, advising collective investment scheme)… Continue reading VAT and financial services

FCA audit

FCA audit: Do you need an FCA audit? Under the Companies Act 2006 (or as applied to LLPs) a business will normally need an audit if it is fairly large and exceeds 2 out of the 3 size limits of a small firm: assets > £3.26m (£5.1m from 1/1/16) turnover > £6.5m (£10.2m from 1/1/16) employees… Continue reading FCA audit

Pre trading expenses

Pre trading expenses: summary You can get a tax deduction for pre trading expenses incurred upto 7 years before your business started trading. Pre-trading Under CTA2009 s.61, if a company incurs expenses for the purposes of a trade before (but not more than 7 years before) the date on which the company starts to carry… Continue reading Pre trading expenses

Startup equity, dilution and cap table

Startup equity, dilution and cap table If you’re raising funding or startup equity you need to work out how many shares to issue to investors. The easiest way is probably to work out the % holdings after the share issue and work backwards. For example, if there are 2 co-founders with 100 shares each who… Continue reading Startup equity, dilution and cap table

VAT on Bitcoins

see here for latest HMRC guidance on Bitcoins. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/briefs/vat/brief0914.htm The post below was written before their guidance was published:     VAT on Bitcoins Download the full report here There has been a lot of uncertainty regarding the treatment of VAT on Bitcoins and other cryptographic currencies. This uncertainty has led to a VAT risk… Continue reading VAT on Bitcoins

Understanding business accounts

Whether you are a new startup or a seasoned investor, understanding business accounts is crucial to staying on top of your business. The numbers don’t lie and will tell you if the business is profitable, if new strategies are working or if remedial action is required. They will also be able to tell you about the financial… Continue reading Understanding business accounts

Residential property tax planning

Residential property can be a lucrative business, but profits or gains will be subject to tax. In this post we discuss some of the property tax planning options, including using limited companies or LLPs, trading vs investment property, capital gains tax and entrepreneurs relief. Please download the full report on residential property tax planning for full details. Trading stock vs Investment… Continue reading Residential property tax planning

Pursuit of profit in Bangladesh

Entrepreneurs normally become wealthy by exploiting the capital and production of the labour force. Whilst that may be true in terms of financial wealth, I believe that having an extremely imbalanced economy in which an elite minority controls a poor majority will create a host of problems, leading to low qualities of life for entrepreneurs despite their… Continue reading Pursuit of profit in Bangladesh

IR35

What is IR35 IR35 ensures that contractors who are effectively “shadow employees” pay tax like normal employees. There is legislation for substance over legal form of a relationship between a contractor (or freelancer or locum) and client. Some contractors use limited companies to invoice “clients”, but the overall facts suggest they are actually employees and are “inside of IR35”. The… Continue reading IR35