Skip to Navigation

Archive: June 2011

How will you fund your children through university?

Tuition fees are once again in the headlines at the same time as many students are sitting their A levels, with their sights firmly set on university. If you are a parent with children aged under 21 you may be feeling some trepidation about how yo...

Read more
9 Jun 11
Steven Greenwood, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Are you sending important documents to HMRC?

Please be very careful if you are sending important documents to HMRC in relation to tax enquiries. HMRC have announced that it is now starting to scan some of the post it receives from taxpayers and agents during enquiries or ‘compliance checks...

Read more
19 Jun 11
Lee Sharpe

Keeping down the cost of fuel.....

The sun is shining (hurrah!) and lots of people will be planning a family day out. Fuel costs are looming highly in many people’s minds so I thought you may like to see this useful advice from our website www.cassons.co.uk. And if it does start ...

Read more
25 Jun 11
Jill Murray

Pension savings remain inadequate

According to the latest annual Scottish Widows UK pension report, half of people are not setting sufficient sums aside for their retirements. They have found that just 51 % of those surveyed are making adequate provision for the time they stop wor...

Read more
13 Jun 11
Steven Greenwood, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

How to account for VAT when invoicing your clients for travel expenses

One question I have been asked by clients a few times recently is how to account for VAT when invoicing their clients for travel expenses, for example when they are reimbursed for travelling to attend a meeting. Specifically, should my client add...

Read more
25 Jun 11
Tony Reynolds

Tax relief for fixtures in buildings – use it or lose it!

Many property owners don’t realise that there are potentially significant tax reliefs available when they buy a commercial building (NB this doesn’t apply to most residential properties) in the form of capital allowances on fixtures in the bui...

Read more
7 Jun 11
Lee Sharpe

HMRC announces new task force to investigate restaurants in the North West

Restaurants in the North West need to be prepared for possible investigation into tax evasion by HMRC following the announcement of specialist teams targeting that sector. Their first destination will be restaurants in London then Scotland and the...

Read more
12 Jun 11
Lee Sharpe

HMRC’s checks on SME’s books & records underway

Do you keep adequate books and records for your business? In April HMRC announced the start of a pilot programme of Business Records Checks (BRCs) to review both the adequacy and accuracy of business records within the SME sector. It is reported t...

Read more
15 Jun 11
Tony Reynolds

Understanding the impact of changes to company pension schemes

According to the Mayan Calendar the world will come to an abrupt end on 21 December 2012! If this prediction is correct, then employers will not have to worry about the changes which will take effect from October 2012 brought in by the recent Pens...

Read more
28 Jun 11
John Davenport, Director, Cassons Financial Planning Limited

Sage 50 - how to synchronise your Sage diary with your Outlook calendar

This guide will explain how to synchronise your Sage diary with your Outlook calendar! This could be a huge timesaver for you as it means that you can work from one calendar rather having to keep switching between two. It will help you organise yo...

Read more
1 Jun 11
Joanne Halsall

Sage 50 - how to use your favourites. Video blog.

Using the favourites option in Sage 50 accounts can save you a lot of time as it makes it very quick and easy to access the reports, statements and letters you refer to on a regular basis. I certainly use it all the time! Watch my video blog while...

Read more
16 Jun 11
Hannah Large

Sage 50 - how to use the VAT Audit Check.

If you have a VAT inspection, one of the first things HMRC will check is your VAT transactions. So avoid the common problems by using the Sage VAT Audit check task. This indispensable tool examines all posted transactions and will list any that d...

Read more
9 Jun 11
Joanne Halsall

Sage 50 - how to use batch reporting. Video blog.

In this video blog, Hannah explains how to use batch reporting in Sage 50. Using batch reports can save you a lot of time and help ensure that you don't miss any reports! It also means that colleagues can easily run all of the reports in your abse...

Read more
21 Jun 11
Hannah Large