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SMEs missing out on benefits of cloud software, study suggests

Vale & WestAug 22,2017
SMEs

The vast majority of the UK’s 5.4 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are missing out on the benefits of cloud software due to a lack of understanding and awareness of modern technology, a new study suggests.

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MTD could cause problems for pensioners

Vale & WestAug 21,2017
Richard Ziemba

The story of an 83 year old pensioner living abroad who has been billed for 7p by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is being used to illustrate the problems for older taxpayers when Making Tax Digital (MTD) is brought in for personal tax returns after 2020. HMRC has already introduced the personal tax account, which

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Research reveals true impact of cyber-attacks on SMEs

Vale & WestAug 21,2017
SMEs

A new study suggests that almost a quarter of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been forced to temporarily cease their operations as a result of a cyber-attack.

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Card is king, according to a new study

Vale & WestAug 18,2017
SMEs

Around half of customers would walk away from a business if cash was the only payment option, a new study has revealed.

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30 years of payroll giving

Vale & WestAug 17,2017
Carole Holt

Royal Mail has marked 30 years of payroll giving with a special postmark that says ‘Royal Mail proudly supports 30 years of Payroll Giving’, which appeared on mail posted last month.

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Businesses bogged down by misconceptions of R&D tax relief

Vale & WestAug 17,2017
SMEs,Tax

A new study suggests that British small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not fully understand Research and Development (R&D) tax relief – and that many could be missing out as a result of their own misconceptions.

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Small Business Online Forum

Vale & WestAug 17,2017
Kathryn Cutts

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a Small Business Online Forum where small businesses and the self-employed can get answers to their tax questions and can discuss other topics, from selling services abroad to getting help starting up.

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Start-up insurance should be considered as “essential from day one”, says study

Vale & WestAug 16,2017
SMEs

Just four in 10 businesses operate with insurance in their first three years of trading, a new study has revealed.

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eBay business sellers face 20 per cent VAT fees

Vale & WestAug 15,2017
Tax

Following changes to eBay’s corporate structure, thousands of traders on the platform are now required to pay 20 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on all fees incurred.

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Tax scams to be aware of

Vale & WestAug 14,2017
Richard Ziemba

A ’popular’ tax scam appears to be doing the rounds again after a York businessman contacted his local newspaper following a call with a woman who appeared to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

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