Construction sector: Reverse charge VAT

Those working in the UK’s construction industry will have to handle and pay VAT differently from 1 March 2021, unless there’s another last-minute Government U-turn. This is when the VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction services, to use its full name, will finally take effect at the third time of asking. In this[…]

How to manage cashflow in your business

During what would normally be the busiest period of the year for businesses in retail, hospitality and other sectors, many will now be keeping a close eye on their cashflow as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. While Government-backed schemes like furlough, grants and loans will provide some much-needed support, there could be additional[…]

Employer issues with automatic enrolment

Policy success, but headache for employers? Back in 2012, less than half of private-sector employees in the UK had a pension scheme. Today, that figure is 85% and this huge increase is due to the successful rollout of auto-enrolment. It started with the largest companies and now applies to employers of all sizes with staff[…]

Protecting your business from fraud

Steps to shield your firm from threats Fraud costs the UK around £190 billion a year, with businesses bearing almost three quarters – £140bn – of those losses. This worrying picture is backed up by the 2019 Fraudscape report compiled by anti-fraud body Cifas, which provides statistics for fraud committed by employees. The report read:[…]

Property as an investment for landlords

With low interest rates, property remains attractive As the global financial crisis began to bite in 2008, central banks in several nations took action, attempting to shock the world economy back to life by slashing base interest rates. The idea behind this kind of stimulus is to make saving less attractive, hopefully prompting people to[…]

Identifying inefficiencies in a business

Avoiding waste, maximising profit Accountants, as a breed, are fans of efficiency. We tend to appreciate optimised systems and abhor waste, whether it’s time, effort or resources being frittered away. The concept of efficiency as we know it today is a product of the industrial revolution. That’s when engineers and manufacturers became obsessed with squeezing[…]