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Company Car Versus Car Allowance

The company car is still considered a desirable job perk but many employers are now offering a company car allowance as an alternative.
But what is the difference between a company car and a company car allowance? Which option is right for you?

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Buy To Let Property – Our Top 5 Tips

For many people, the idea of investing in property still appeals, despite stalled house prices, a stamp duty tax crackdown on buying property investments and an income tax raid on rent. Read our 5 Top Tips for Landlords considering investing in buy to Let property.

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Auto Enrolment Contributions

April 2019 sees the last legally required increase to auto-enrolment pension contributions, seven years since they were introduced.
But an employers’ role in helping staff to save for their retirement through the scheme is far from over.

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Marriage Tax Allowance

Are you married or in a civil partnership? If so you may be entitled to a £900 tax break called the marriage tax allowance. Yet about one million couples are still missing out.
Read on to find out more about what this new tax is, who qualifies for it and details of how to claim.

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How To Spot And Avoid HMRC Phishing Scams

As HMRC moves more of its services online, fraudsters are exploiting this transition by targeting taxpayers with fake emails. With an increasing number of phishing scams, HMRC has released updated guidance on how to recognise genuine contact from its agents.

Have you experienced cash flow problems?

There are several reasons why businesses experience cash flow problems. For the SME sector the most common is late payment. This can then lead to a successful business being unable to pay their creditors on time. Luckily, Xero have come to our rescue with a lovely piece of software.

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Final Countdown Towards Making Tax Digital

The steps you need to take to get ready for April 2019 will depend on what software you use currently. Many businesses will already be using accounting software that has been tested and approved by HMRC, in which case the steps needed for April 2019 will be minimal.

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The Benefits of Having an Employer/Employee Contract

A good employment contract is essential to both the employee and the employer. It is a legal requirement to have one in place within two months of taking on an employee, but the benefits to both sides are far greater than just ticking the box for the legal requirements.

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What Is An Award Worth?

On immediate face value, awards for success in business seem highly desirable. The glamour of the black ties and ball gowns, the prestige of being nominated and maybe even winning an award all add to this effect. There are certainly many benefits to winning awards but not all awards are what they might seem.

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Time To Revamp Or Upgrade Your Website?

We offer the usual accountancy services that you might expect, like helping you with your bookkeeping, VAT and tax returns. But so does every accountant. At Simas one of our main areas of focus is to help our clients grow and this shines through in the way we work with you.