Use an electric car

Use an electric car

We all hear a lot these days about being environmentally-friendly and one of the ways in which you can help is by running an electric car - even if you just use this as a 'second car'. Before you dismiss the idea, just bear in mind that these are getting better all...

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UNIFORM RATE

UNIFORM RATE

If you are required to wear a uniform to work, or use specialist protective clothing, or if as an employer you provide these for your workforce, then this is a tax-deductible expense. Here's some of the main points to watch: as an employee, you can claim tax relief if...

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Be Uber Aware

The IT company Uber, which offers a 'ride-hailing app' has provided us with two separate 'landmark' court rulings in the recent months. First of all, in November, a Tribunal upheld the decision that drivers for Uber UK were classed as 'workers' (as against Uber's...

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What Can You Claim On Business Travel?

What Can You Claim On Business Travel?

The basis of an employee's claims for business travel is that the employee (including company directors) are not taxed on expenses paid to them for the cost of travel that is incurred in the course of their duties.  The general rule for expenses to be tax-deductible...

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Keep it simple

Keep it simple

The Kiss Principle - Keep it simple, stupid - is an acronym for design principles coined by the US Navy in 1960. The idea is that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated and that therefore simplicity should be a key concept with...

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Close Up and Start Again?

Close Up and Start Again?

One of the big attractions to running your business as a limited company has always been the idea that if things go wrong you can just shut down that company and start up again as a new company.  Is this still true? Well, there are now one or two problems: you may...

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Lies and Statistics

Lies and Statistics

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - a quotation attributed to Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and popularised in the USA by, amongst others, the author Mark Twain. (Actually, the attribution to Disraeli is open to doubt as...

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The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth

We've all heard urban myths   -   those stories that are passed from one person to another but somehow you can never pin them down to their origins. Yet there's usually a feeling that maybe it could be true -  until you start to think about it a bit more deeply. These...

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