Our head in the cloud and our feet on the ground. (Or why online is best)

Or Why Online is Best.   The cloud – everyone seems is talking about it and many of us are using it, but for some small businesses, it’s still not part of their day to day experience.  Perhaps they don’t really know what it means, perhaps they are worried about security, but the truth is that small businesses not moving online are ...

NEWSFLASH: Landlords Tax Bombshell

    New Landlords Tax  - What is it?   A serious tax hike for most property owners, including Buy-To-Let landlords, has been snuck into the Finance Bill, with no publicity or announcement of any kind. We talked back in March about the raft of measures being introduced to increase taxes on rental income. But it’s about to get ...

Childcare Vouchers v Tax-Free Childcare. Which is Best For You?

It is still possible to join up for Childcare Vouchers before Tax-Free Childcare is introduced?   Childcare is a very real concern for many of us, whether we are employees, work for ourselves, or even if we have employees with children.  From 2017, the existing Childcare Vouchers Scheme (CCV) will be closed to new joiners.  It is being re...

BOPP – A One Page Plan Focussed On Your Business

  BOPP Business One Page Plan BOPP  A One Page Plan For Your Business     The Business One Page Plan or BOPP, as it is also known, as is a living, breathing plan that helps you to keep your business on track.  Designed to be reviewed monthly or quarterly, it supports you, the business owner, to keep on track to reach your goals ...

Can You Protect Yourself from a Tax Investigation?

Can you protect yourself from a Tax Investigation?   While the government is cutting back on spending in almost all areas, one activity that has seen a significant increase in resources is tax investigations. Targeted with bringing in an extra £26 billion in the last financial year, HMRC is casting its net ever wider, using sophisticated d...

PSC – People with Significant Control – What Your Business Needs to Know.

PSC or People with Significant Control : What Your Business Needs to Know.     You've probably heard all the recent reports about David Cameron describing Nigeria as "fantastically corrupt".  A lot of the coverage has quite rightly asked how the UK, can ensure it is not part of the problem.  One of the recent changes in...

Want To See The Future? Let’s Talk CrunchBoards.

Why CrunchBoards?     Traditionally, accountants help with your figures in a historical and reactive way. They would review what happened last month, quarter or year. At Artisan Accounts we’re not in business to be a traditional accountant. Our number one priority is you, your business and helping you to make the most of the figu...

Do Receipts Make You Want To Scream??

  All Hail the Receipts Manager!   Hopefully, you are right on top of your company receipts, but if you are like most people, they are probably in a bit of a mess. Am I right? What do you do with them?  What's the best way to keep track of them and organise them? Well, we have the answer, our Free Phone App with an easy to use recei...

Is Your Business Protected by Relevant Life Insurance?

  Every business, particularly small businesses, have at least one employee who is vital to on going success of that company.  This is particularly true for Company Directors working through their own limited company.  But what happens to that business or employee if they die in service or are diagnosed with a terminal illness?  It’s n...

Budget 2016

This simple infographic highlights the main points from Budget 2016 and how they might affect your business.     ...

Small Business Tax Attack #5: Payroll Issues

SMALL BUSINESS TAX ATTACK #5       PAYROLL ISSUES     EMPLOYMENT ALLOWANCE The GOOD NEWS is that the Employment Allowance is increasing from £2,000 to £3,000 per year. This is a government subsidy of Employer’s National Insurance Contributions that is available to almost all employers (exceptions are mainly those w...

Small Business Tax Attack #4: Rental Income

SMALL BUSINESS TAX ATTACK #4       RENTAL INCOME     STAMP DUTY SURCHARGE Buy-To-Let properties, along with any other second properties (including the shared purchase of a house for your children) will be hit with an additional 3% of stamp duty from 1 April 2016, seriously denting the viability of many rental propert...