New Minimum Wages rates from 1st April 2018

January 22, 2018
New minimum rates come into effect from 1st April. If you are an employer, especially if you pay the minimum wage, you should review your staff's hourly rates from 1st April.

Minimum wage rates from April 2018

National living wage (for 25+)                 £7.83 p.h.     (Prev. £7.50)

National Minimum wage  (21-24)              £7.38 p.h.     (Prev. £7.05)

National Minimum wage  (18-20)              £5.90 p.h.     (Prev. £5.60)

National Minimum wage (16-17)               £4.20 p.h.     (Prev. £4.05)

Apprentice NMW                                    £3.70 p.h.     (Prev. £3.50)



What a week!

January 19, 2018
What a dreadful week weatherwise with winds and cold making life miserable for most people in the UK. A tree blew down and put our phone and broadband out of action on Wednesday night by BT got it going again today. So hard to work these days without internet access and I had to use a clients office today to do some payrolls for other clients. Lets hope we soon see an end to winter and roll on Spring! 

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2 weeks to go!

January 15, 2018
Today is the 15th January and you have just over 2 weeks to submit your self assessment tax return online and if necessary, pay any tax due. There are fines if you don't. Why not do this a bit earlier next year and save yourself the last minute stress!

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Into the New Year

January 12, 2018
First full week back at work for most people, schools are back, traffic is getting heavier and it's cold! 
If you run a small business and feel like you spend most of your spare time doing the accounts and admin side of your business, give me a ring. Perhaps I can take the worry out of the accounts for you and leave you with more time to do what you do best - run your business and enjoy your spare time!

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Agents duties

January 7, 2018

I am registered as an Agent with HMRC so I can act on your behalf for PAYE, VAT, CIS and self assessment. I am also an Agent with the Pension Regulator so I can do your Auto enrolment compliance. I set up Workplace Pensions for clients and run them in their payrolls. Can I help you with yours?

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Workplace Pensions contributions increase

January 7, 2018

If you are an employer running a Workplace Pension you should ensure that all qualifying staff are aware of the increase in contributions due from 6th April 2018.

From this date employees will pay 3% of their earnings (after the earning threshold currently £113 pw or £490 pm) and the Employer will pay 2%. Employees receive 20% tax relief on their payments so the actual deduction will be 2.4% of earnings after the threshold, and the Government will pay 0.6% into the Employees pension pot....

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Working remotely

January 6, 2018
I work for a large engineering company in Bridgwater and I work in their office once a week. But during the week I can access my work PC from my home office and do additional work from there. This was especially useful recently when I was unable to drive for a couple of months. I was able to keep up to date with emails, accounts and wages with no problem at all. Working remotely is so easy!

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First week back

January 5, 2018
That's the first week back at work - or at least almost a week. Next Monday I am working at a client's in Wellington and then picking up paperwork from other clients in Wellington and Taunton. Took a phone call tonight from a new client. Good start to the year!

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Introducing Alfie

January 5, 2018
I don't want this Blog to be all about work stuff so here is a picture of our Springer Spaniel Alfie. 

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Where am I?

January 5, 2018

I am based just outside Bridgwater in Somerset but have clients in Taunton, Wellington, Ilminster, NorthCurry and surrounding areas as well as Bridgwater. I work in the office of one or two but for the rest I work from my home office. Always happy to see new clients. and to talk through how I can help them to free up more time to get on with their business while I do the books.

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About Me

Accounts and Payroll services for Small - Medium Businesses, Sole Traders and Partnerships.