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Outsource your accounts, not your thinking

Whilst we’re happy to act as a virtual accounts’ office, we always say to our clients that it’s fine to outsource all your accounts work but please don’t outsource your thinking. Keep an active understanding as to what is happening and remain aware of your obligations. A recent tribunal between a company owner and HMRC has demonstrated the importance of knowing what’s going on – even if you choose to outsource.

The Bank of England

Historic Interest Rates

One of the problems with historical records is they sound grand but often end up obfuscating other historical records. The announcement by The Bank of England on 3rd November that interest rates were to rise by three-quarters-of-one-percent (0.75%) meant that this was the biggest single jump in rates for more than three decades, thirty three years to be precise. Whilst not ignoring the significance of this move, it could allow us to forget that this also brings to an end one of the longest periods of low interest rates in history.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) and Digital Business Rates (DBR) combine?

There’s little doubt that business rates need reforming from top to bottom as was highlighted in the Government review completed in 2021. But as well as introducing reform to the calculus, the Government has committed to digitise the system from 2026/27. However, there is now a suggestion that it could tie up with the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) strategy to form part of that broader, holistic view of tax liabilities and payments.