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  • Tax-free childcare for the self-employed is here
    For years, the self-employed have drawn the short straw when it comes to getting help looking after kids.  We’ve got good news though: in April 2017, the Government finally started rolling out a new Tax-Free Childcare scheme that actually benefits the self-employed.   What is the Tax-Free Childcare scheme? Tax-Free Childcare is a new HMRC scheme that offers working families support towards childca...
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  • #NationalWorkFromHomeDay – Have you caught the bug?
    Today was #NationalWorkFromHomeDay, and from checking out the buzz surrounding that hashtag, plenty of people in the UK today thought to themselves: “hmm, I could really get used to this”. Maybe you’re fed up of the commute, done with grumpy colleagues, or just want to spend more time with the cat. If you’re one of these folks, it’s time to map out what to make this daydream a reality, and... Rea...
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  • Tech Blog: Style guide driven development (part two)
    The team behind our online accounting software and website are a talented bunch. As part of our Tech Blog series, Lead Front-End Developer, Ben Herbert, continues his look at how we’ve adopted style guide driven development. The aim of a style guide is to provide a toolbox of “ready-to-go” UI components that can be used for any given application. Achieving this can be challenging and must be purpo...
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  • How HMRC could make tax less of a pain
    As part of The Entrepreneurial Audit (a joint project from the RSA and Crunch) twenty policy ideas have been proposed to strengthen self-employment in the UK. One of the sections of the report focuses on tax simplification – no doubt a cause every self-employed worker in the UK can get behind. Making Tax Digital , the Government’s programme to move all personal and business tax online, is underway...
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  • P11D form – What is it?
    If confusing form names was an Olympic event, HMRC would surely be a gold medalist. PAYE forms, with names such as P45, P60 and P11D, are especially baffling. The purpose of these forms is to tell HMRC everything they need to know about your income, expenses, and allowances. A P11D is a form that details expenses and benefits provided to your employees (including yourself if you’re a limited compa...
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  • Small businesses taxes – what you need to know
    Starting your own business is a truly exciting life decision, allowing you to pick your own gigs and do things your way. On the other hand, failure to get familiar with the small business taxes you’ll need to pay can have major consequences when the taxman cometh. To help you get a better idea what you’re expected to pay as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner, here’s a quickfire... ...
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  • Dividend tax allowance cuts & Making Tax Digital dropped – for now
    The snap election has caused an almighty squeeze on parliamentary time before the session has to end. As a result, lots of bills and clauses are having to be thrown overboard in the rush to get at least something through in the short time remaining. Of particular note for the self-employed and small business community is what has happened to the Finance Bill. This huge Bill incorporated many of th...
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  • Can I run a business from a rental property?
    Running a business from home certainly isn’t unusual; 59% of non-employing business owners do it. But the rules surrounding running a business from a rental property (and whether you’re entitled to do so), can be a little cloudy. The quick answer For a tenant to run a business from a residential rental property, written permission from the landlord is necessary. However, since the passing of the S...
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  • 20,000 reasons to open your 2017/18 stocks & shares ISA
    ISAs (individual savings accounts) provide a simple and tax-free way to save for the future. On 6th April this year, the Government increased the annual ISA allowance from £15,240 to £20,000. This means you can now save up to £20,000 in a stocks and shares ISA , and any growth or income achieved is absolutely free from tax. These generous tax benefits have helped ISAs remain exceptionally popular ...
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  • Why did Theresa May decide to call an early Election?
    Well, we weren’t expecting that! Theresa May’s announced intention to trigger a snap election on 8th June has taken the country by surprise. Activists and returning officers alike will be cancelling summer plans to warm up their printing presses and get ready for #GE2017 . So why did the Prime Minister take the gamble of an election now over one in 2020? I suspect a range of pressures came togethe...
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  • Landlords urged to allow tenants to run home businesses
    As part of The Entrepreneurial Audit (a joint project from the RSA and Crunch) twenty policy ideas have been proposed to strengthen self-employment in the UK. One of the subjects tackled in the report is improving the treatment of the 59% of non-employing business owners who operate within their own homes. If you’ve rented property, you’ll know that landlords often stipulate in contracts that no w...
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  • Prime Minister announces General Election for 8th June
    Speculation was rife this morning as word spread that Theresa May was making an announcement at 11:15am, with no indication of the subject matter. Thankfully, it’s not nuclear war – but the announcement of a snap General Election on the 8th June is nonetheless a bombshell of massive significance for freelancers, contractors and small businesses. Pending the snap Election being backed by two-thirds...
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  • Why being a self-employed company director is still usually your best option
    There has been so much change to the tax and administration of limited companies in recent years , along with accompanying media furore, that sometimes I hear the self-employed getting disheartened. Yes, there should be more consideration of the self-employed and micro-businesses by the Government when developing policy. But HMRC are now starting to build our needs into some of their impact asses...
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  • How do you chase an unpaid invoice?
    Dealing with late payment and unpaid invoices can feel a bit like walking a tightrope. On one hand is the need to push clients for prompt payment. On the other is the desire to keep things cordial, continue doing business with them, and stop the relationship crashing and burning. When it comes to freelancing, contracting, or running a small business, most veterans and novices alike can attest to o...
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  • Tax rates, thresholds, and allowances for 2017/18
    The UK has many different tax rates affecting both individuals and businesses – and as a business owner you’ll be affected by all of them. As well as the actual rates of tax, your finances could be affected by the shifting of tax bands and allowances – working out your income can be tricky with a tax system as complex as the UK’s! Check out our take home pay calculator to get a quick... Read more...
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  • A fortnight in self-employed policy
    Anyone expecting a bit of quiet after the Spring Budget has been in for a surprise – it has been non-stop news and change in politics! I started the past fortnight with a trip to Cardiff for the Conservative Party Spring Forum where my video report noted the Prime Minister’s focus on waiting for the Taylor Review’s report , rather than risking any more painful self-employment policy announcements ...
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  • The self-employed should get sick pay. Here’s how
    As part of The Entrepreneurial Audit (a joint project from the RSA and Crunch) 20 policy ideas have been proposed to strengthen self-employment in the UK. We’ve recently covered the RSA’s recommendation from the report that suggested a levelling out of working benefits for self-employed people could be funded by an increase in National Insurance tax. Another proposal from the report delves deeper ...
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  • Five things you should know about freelancing before quitting your job
    Going freelance is something that crosses a lot of people’s minds, whether it’s consulting, starting your own small business , moonlighting, or just plain old handing in your notice and working for yourself. A study found that the number of business owners hiring freelancers had increased by 46% and with 4.6 million self-employed people in the UK , the freelance job market seems an exciting and en...
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  • Article 50 officially triggered: What’s on the cards for small businesses post Brexit?
    Small businesses are calling on the Government to set out how Britain’s departure from the European Union has the potential to affect them in future. With Article 50 notification having been delivered to Brussels from Prime Minister Theresa May today, the countdown to the UK’s exit from the EU has finally begun: both sides now have two years to agree a deal for future cooperation with regards to m...
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  • Get your IR35 status reviewed within two days
    Just been handed a lucrative contract to sign, but unsure whether it puts you in the dreaded clutches of IR35 ? Fret not! We can now give you a definitive answer within just two working days. Our  Express IR35 Enhanced Review  includes: A comprehensive review of your contract wording (and suggested improvements) Extensive evaluation of working practices Full report, including references to relevan...
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  • Helpful alternatives to cutting Corporation Tax
    As part of The Entrepreneurial Audit (a joint project from the RSA and Crunch) twenty policy ideas have been proposed to strengthen self-employment in the UK. Among them is a recommendation that the Government shelve the planned 3% reduction in Corporation Tax , and aim the cuts at more universally bothersome taxes instead. The audit notes that a cut in Corporation Tax “mainly benefited larger cor...
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  • Tech Blog: Ensuring our services are always available
    At Crunch, we’re creating a computing platform for our services, and we’re using AWS Auto Scaling groups to ensure they’re always available. Auto Scaling groups have some really neat features, including the ability to perform rolling upgrades. This means that we can update our services without stopping them. However, just occasionally, something can go wrong. Sometimes a new instance just fails to...
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  • Public sector IR35 changes come into force April 2017
    In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that new rules would apply to “off-payroll working” in the public sector from April 2017. Essentially this tax reform is the next step of tightening up the rules around intermediaries, usually known as IR35. These rules were consulted on in the summer of 2016, and we responded making clear our serious concerns about the feasibil...
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  • Four ways to improve Universal Credit
    As part of The Entrepreneurial Audit (a joint project from the RSA and Crunch) 20 policy ideas have been proposed to strengthen self-employment in the UK. One of the recommendations involves reforming the Universal Credit system to better cater to those starting up and growing a business. Universal Credit is a long-running Department for Work & Pensions programme that aims to combine and simplify ...
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  • Only 15% of UK’s self-employed optimistic about finances in retirement
    Self-employed workers in the UK are lagging behind their counterparts in many parts of the world when it comes to their own pension provision, new research has found. A recent study shows that only 15% of Britain’s 4.6 million self-employed workers are very optimistic that they will have sufficient money to provide for their retirement. At the same time, three-quarters admit they do not save regul...
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  • Report form Conservative Spring Forum Cardiff 2017
    Our Jason Kitcat went to the Conservative Spring Forum in Cardiff to find out what the government's plans are for the coming months. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Accountants. Software. Advice. Get your free demo: https://www.crunch.co.uk
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  • Hammond’s National Insurance plans scrapped, now what?
    Westminster was stunned today by news that the plan to increase Class 4 National Insurance Contribution (NICs) for the self-employed was to be dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond made a statement and wrote to MPs  announcing this swift shift only seven days after his Spring Budget. He is by no means the first Chancellor to beat a hasty retreat on Budget measures: In recent times Osborne, Darling an...
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  • National Insurance rise for self-employed scrapped
    Planned increases to National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed have been scrapped. In a letter to the Treasury committee, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that “there will be no increases in NICs rates in this Parliament”. Seen by many as breaking a 2015 general election manifesto pledge, the proposed increased to NICs were highly criticised – not least by Tory backbenchers....

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