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  • December 2017 and January 2018 see's many tax deadlines approaching, and a very busy time for our tax team. Check your tax deadlines here to keep you on track.

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Seasonal Tax Savings

  • The festive season whether your business is slowing down for the festive break or these are your busiest months, we’ve pulled together some tax saving tips for spending over the Christmas period.

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  • 5 Advantages of Online HR & Payroll Portals - Lisa Bruce, Director Digital HR systems are becoming one of the latest trends in HR. An online HR and Payroll software can be one of the most effective systems you implement into your business. Whether you’re a small business or a large organisation the advantages of online systems greatly outweigh those of manual paper based methods. It’s said that fo...

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Car or Van

  • Car or Van Mark Lee from the Tax Advice Network explains to us the definition of a commercial vehicle for income tax purposes.  When an employee is provided with a vehicle to use for business and private journeys, the taxable benefit will vary enormously where the vehicle is classified as a goods vehicle (a van) as opposed to non-goods vehicle – i.e. a car.

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  • 5 Online Tools to Power Your Start-Up - Ross Murray, Finance Director Starting your own business can be exciting, challenging and overwhelming all at the same time. With hundreds of apps and software out there boasting to be 'the tool' you need to assist it can be time-consuming trying them out and finding what works best for you, and you don't have time for that. Here are five of my recommendatio...

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  • The Importance of Good Management Information Management information or, management accounts, is information produced for internal use to aid in strategy planning, business decisions, forecasting and analysis. It’s an essential tool in assessing your financial situation and making steps towards business growth. Different from statutory accounts or financial accounting, management accounts are pro...

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  • The theory of mindfulness is becoming increasingly present in our daily lives, from business professionals to health and well-being specialists. Research shows mindfulness can help us be more productive and make the most out of our working week, with the likes of Google, Apple and Procter & Gamble integrating it into the workplace. So what is mindfulness?

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  • We bring you our second team member profile. Owen Campbell, Tax Assistant at the Aberdeen office, shares his working life at Acumen and what makes him tick. 

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  • While UK businesses are just getting over the upheaval from the Automatic Enrolment regime, now we have another one to deal with: They call it ‘Making Tax Digital’. Of course, with the early general election resulting in MTD being removed from the Finance Bill 2017, the summer budget not giving us clear details of the status, we were awaiting further announcements – Now, here it is:

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  • As a business owner, especially that of a small start-up, you will be used to carrying out the roles of operations manager and finance director, as well as head of HR, reception and coffee making, to ensure your business runs successfully! Almost every small business owner is on the lookout to find easy ways to increase efficiencies to ensure their company runs at its optimal function. But short o...

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  • We want you to get to know our team a little better, so would like to kick off with the first of our staff profiles here in our Aberdeen office. First up is the lovely Moira Berryman, our Assistant Manager. 

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  • Traditionally, accountants are seen to take care of services such as profit and loss or annual submission of business accounts. While this is our bread and butter, our team is much more hands-on with many of our clients and are actually an integral part of the success of their business. Why? Well, our accountants are often seen as an extension of each individual team we work for. From a small star...

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  • Every successful business has it's finger on the pulse. You need to know the key numbers. Not the numbers in last year’s accounts; they’re out of date. Redundant. You need today’s numbers. And that’s where your cloud accounting system comes in. If you don’t have a cloud accounting system this blog will explain the benefits and how to get started. There are essentially just 4 types of accounting sy...

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  • Millennials, grouped as the generation born between the early 1980s to early 2000s, are the new generation driving the bottom line and those who are beginning to dominate the working landscape as baby boomers move to retire. But it is no secret that this fiercely ambitious generation has a tendency to shift roles quickly, preferring to seek to work for an organisation that offers them a sense of p...

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Elevator Awards 2017

  • Last night saw the 2017 Elevator Awards, for Aberdeen and the Shire. A prestigious awards ceremony celebrating entrepreneurship, business success and excellence, where, Acumen Accountants and Advisors were finalists in the Employer of the Year category – sponsored by Avensure.

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  • Aberdeen is undergoing something quite exciting at the moment. Over the past 18 months particularly, the city has seen a flourishing entrepreneurial spirit emerging as individuals take the step to set up on their own, with many now running their own successful small business. Not only is this a real reflection of an ever increasingly robust economy but it is also providing inspiration to others, p...

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  • Your accountant is one of the most important hires you will ever make for you business, so why is it that many businesses are guilty of only meeting their service provider a handful of times a year? While this might have sufficed in years gone by, it is now much more important and much more efficient to schedule in regular visits to make sure you are getting the very best from your service. After ...

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  • A general concern about cloud accounting is that it is vulnerable and easy for hackers to infiltrate important financial data, but IT analysts Gartner estimated that the total value of cloud-based systems would reach £172bn a year by 2016. More and more organisations are moving to cloud accounting for benefits such as 24/7 access, real-time data and overall ease and efficiency. But is it safe?

Acumen Accountants & Advisors
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  • Most of us have heard of the term ‘cloud accounting’ but there are many people who come to us not knowing what it actually means. Put simply, cloud accounting is where computer software is used to input accounting data, which is then sent and hosted on the Internet by a network of remote servers. This network of servers is what is referred to as the cloud. But what are the benefits of cloud accoun...

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Acumen Budget Report

  • The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Spring Budget on Wednesday 8th March 2017. In his speech, the Chancellor was keen to point out that he wanted the tax system to be fair, particularly in relation to the distinction between employed and self-employed individuals.  Find out more about what the budget means for you by downloading our Spring Budget report. 

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  • The law on workplace pensions has changed and now, Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'. Whether you're a hairdresser, an architect or employ a personal care assistant, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties. Auto enrolment w...

Acumen Accountants & Advisors
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  • The digital tax revolution has begun - so what are the first steps to transitioning your taxes from paper to the cloud and what points should you consider before you embark on this accountancy journey?

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  • The HMRC has launched an initiative, Making Tax Digital, to transform the existing tax system and end the tax return as we know it, by 2020, but the move has produced some confusion between taxpayers. We're here to explain everything you need to know.

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  • Employers: how to be organised for Automatic Enrolment in 2017

    Auto enrolment is a term you will hopefully already be familiar with after a lot of publicity in 2016. Auto enrolment will see businesses become obliged to offer a pension scheme to its employees by 2018. While some of you might have already complied, there are still some smaller firms that are yet to meet their staging dates. If this is you, then make sure you, as an employer, are organised and r...

  • Accounting services: shape up for 2017

    As the New Year chimes in, most people vouch to make a change to improve their lives over the next twelve months. While some people might find it challenging to stick to a strict new diet, why not make sure at least your accounting services are in shape next year. We’ve outlined a few points to consider that will help you start 2017 as you mean to go on.  

  • Three reasons to switch accountants in the New Year

    Like many other things, changing your accountant might seem like a difficult task, especially if you have been with them long-term. Often, businesses deem their current provider sufficient and often feel guilty about leaving, but when we sit down with new clients and have a chat, it turns out their accounting firm is not actually pulling their weight and performing at the level they really should ...

  • How to make sure your personal finances are in shape for year-end

    As you might be aware, the tax year-end for individuals is 5th April 2017. You might think is still some way off, however, as it does each year, it will creep up in a flash! What better way to be more organised and get the best from your tax planning than following our top tips? By learning these and putting them into practice, sooner rather than later, you can make sure you maximise your savings ...

  • Top 5 questions you should ask your accountant

    Meeting your accountant for the first time can be daunting; after all if numbers are not your thing, you might feel that the initial conversation will go ‘over your head’. Acumen Accountants & Advisors has created a list of the top 5 questions to ask your accountant when you first meet. This preparation will maximise your meeting time and ensure you have an understanding of the sometimes complex j...

  • Chancellors Autumn Statement 2016

    Find out everything you need to know in relation to the Chancellors Autumn Statement in our newsletter:

  • Auto enrolment: the next wave – are you part of it?

    You should all be aware that almost every UK business (with minor exceptions) are required to automatically enrol their eligible workers into a pension scheme. This is called Auto Enrolment and has already come into force with many large-scale businesses in the country.

  • Sage: Your opportunity to ask the experts in Aberdeen

    Is your VAT Return slower to reconcile, are you having issues with your new invoices and sales orders? Maybe you don’t know how HMRC’s Making Tax Digital by 2020 campaign will affect you or how things will change? Are you one of the record number or business start-ups from Aberdeen City and Shire established in 2015/16 and aren’t sure which accounting package is best fit for your requirements? If ...

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  • A value-added tax or VAT is a method by which countries can implement a consumption tax to products and services.

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