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Read about how we have taken care of our clients and helped them to achieve their dreams. Including our latest content for helping you navigate the business world in Sussex & the South East
Spring Statement In Short (Robin’s Reaction)
The First Spring Statement
The first Spring Statement was never going to be a big tax event. When it was announced that the annual budget would move to the Autumn it was also explained that it would be the only budget of the year leaving the Spring Statement to be more of an “end of year” report. And so it was with previous forecasts being revisited.read more >
SWINDELLS INHERITANCE TAX SEMINAR
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Please join us for our latest Inheritance Tax planning seminar Robin and Duncan will be in reflective mood, looking back at planning strategies that have over the last 10 years saved our clients millions in Inheritance Tax, and looking forward, strategies that we expect to be equally successful in the future.read more >
Brighton Oasis Project: Brunch with Brighton’s Women Entrepreneurs
BRIGHTON CHARITY BRUNCH
Swindells are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner Melanie Richardson has been invited to participate on a panel of women entrepreneurs organised by the Brighton Oasis Project on the 22nd of March 2017.read more >
Setting up as a sole trader
READY TO TAKE THE STEP?
When you decide to set up on your own; whether as a freelancer or a one-man band business, you need to be aware of your tax responsibilities. Not only that but you also need to know what you can and can’t claim for, and how to keep your evidence.read more >
How new data protection regulations affect your accounts (GDPR IMPACT)
HOW WILL GDPR EFFECT YOU?
There are much more stringent regulations on the way to protect your personal information – and how that data is gathered, stored and used. They will also put stronger controls on the sharing of financial and personal information and how and when data is destroyed.read more >
Should you make the switch from sole trader to LLC?
Ready to take the next step?
Making the decision to switch from being a sole trader to a company can be difficult if you’re unaware of accounting and tax rules. This useful summary will help provide some of the key tax and legal implications when turning your business into a limited liability company.read more >
THE GDPR: ARE YOU COMPLIANT?
Are you ready?
From the 25th of May 2018 new EU laws will come into place regarding the collection and storage of personal data. The Data Protection Directive of 1995 is being replaced and with the new laws come heightened risks and challenges for businesses. Are you compliant?read more >
What is financial due diligence and why is it important?
DUE DILIGENCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
In the accounting sector, financial due diligence is a key issue that cannot be overlooked. For many outside of accountancy, even within the business sector, it is sometimes not clear what this is. Fully understanding what is involved and why it is so vital is essential if you are buying a business.read more >
3 handy tax tips for sole traders
NEED TO KNOW TIPS
If you are a sole trader then you will be well aware of your tax responsibilities. Making sure you keep appropriate records in this regard and knowing when to submit your tax return are naturally key. Of course, if you have an accountant to handle all this for you it is a little easier! If you are keeping on top of your own tax requirements though, read on for some handy hints in this area:read more >
What is Bitcoin? and how do HMRC view this cryptocurrency with regards to Tax?
An introduction to bitcoin
We’ve all heard a little about bitcoin and crypto currencies in the last couple of years and it’s becoming increasingly important in the global economy. There are stories of people making millions from buying and selling bitcoin, but what is bitcoin, how does it work and should we all be investing in it.read more >
Why John & Caroline @ Uckfield Garage choose Swindells
The Geoghegans approached Swindells to help them set up a whole new online accounts system with Quickbooks, as well as payroll and pensions. As the business was already trading they needed to act quickly and ensure that there was no interruption to the business from day one.read more >
Why Leslie & Jane @ Gorringes Auctioneers choose Swindells
Gorringe’s was founded in the early 1920s when Rowland Gorringe opened offices in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, as an estate agent and auctioneer. Just after the war in 1946, Gorringe’s Auction Galleries moved to its current site in Lewes. Read on to learn how Swindells support Gorringesread more >
Why Jon Scott chooses Swindells as his accountants
Owner of ITM Monitoring
Jon Scott is the Managing Director of ITM Monitoring and has over 30 years of experience with instrumentation and monitoring work on civil engineering projects all over the world. Jon chooses to work with Swindells as he needs an accountants he can trust.read more >
Top tax tips for SMEs in 2018
Small to mid-size business enterprises often neglect to take advantage of all available tax breaks, resulting in higher than necessary tax bills for directors and employees. These actionable tax tips may help you save money on taxes and take full advantage of available tax benefits.read more >
Five payroll mistakes you must avoid
GETTING IT RIGHT
Doing your payroll may be time-consuming, but get it wrong at your peril. Not only are there multiple legal and tax implications to accommodate, but any errors have a direct impact on your employees. This is costly and can test the credibility of your business. So, here are five of the most common payroll mistakes and how to avoid them:read more >
R&D TAX CREDITS IS YOUR BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?
LEARN ABOUT R&D TAX CREDITS
Research & development tax credits are perhaps one of the most valuable tax breaks available to SMEs & large businesses. Our experienced team can help you identify qualifying projects and relevant expenditure, then make the claim application with you to give you the best chance of success.read more >
How to stay on top of your small business payroll
Tips & Tricks
One key area of any small business that employs staff is payroll. Unfortunately, for many business owners this is one part of their business that frustrates them the most! There always seems so much to sort out and it can be very time-consuming in addition. However, there are ways to make it easier on yourself if you would rather.read more >
CAPITAL ALLOWANCES – ARE YOU CLAIMING EVERYTHING YOU CAN?
CLAIM WHAT YOU'RE OWED
UK companies are apparently losing billions of pounds on capital allowances each year. This article will help you understand where you and your business could be claiming and saving money on your tax bill, click to read on and save your business money.read more >
3 key bookkeeping mistakes all SMEs should avoid
Tips & Tricks
If you run your own SME, then chances are bookkeeping is not one of your favourite jobs! For many small business owners it is a necessary evil that takes up lots of valuable time. Of course, it is vital to do in order to keep you compliant with the law and make your annual tax returns easier to manage.read more >
How to tidy up your bookkeeping for the new year
TIDY YOUR TAX IN 2018
A new year offers businesses and individuals the perfect chance to tidy up their bookkeeping and ensure they’re on top of taxes before starting afresh. In this blog post we’re going to talk about a few ways you can ensure you’re ready to tackle your taxes head on.read more >
1 in 10 UK small businesses under investigation by HMRC
Are you at risk?
HMRC confirmed in April this year that one in every ten UK small businesses is currently under investigation for tax that was not paid in the 2015/6 tax year. If you’re worried about an HMRC investigation into your business finances, the following tips and information could help:read more >
Top 5 tax tips for the self-employed
Tax tips for the self-employed, make sure you know what you owe and that you're in control
When going self-employed, there are so many benefits: setting your own hours, choosing the work you want to do, and earning as much as you can. Despite this, one of the tough responsibilities is to understand how paying tax will work, which can be tricky for new startup businesses.read more >
Seven things to do to help improve your cash flow in 2018
Tighten cash flow in 2018
Sales are key to any business but cash flow can scupper even the most profitable business…you need to pay salaries, buy assets, and pay the bills and rent. Slow cash flow can severely restrict growth and many companies are forced to slow to ensure that they can keep the lights on.read more >
How to efficiently extract profits from your company
making the most of your options
Are you concerned about extracting money from your company in the most tax efficient way? The best planning considers you and your company at the same time, and can give rise to a considerable tax saving.read more >
How to choose the perfect accountant for your company
HIRING AN ACCOUNTANT
No matter how good you are at running your own company, nobody can successfully micromanage every facet of their business. In order to avoid burning out or producing substandard work, you’ll occasionally need help, whether this comes through hiring someone in-house to perform a certain function on your behalfread more >
Why Will Davenport chooses Swindells as his accountants
CEO Davenport Wineries
Will Davenport owns one of the oldest Organic Vineyards in the country. He specialises in English Organic Wines and supplies Michelin starred restaurants across the country. Swindells provides Will with the expertise and advice he needs to concentrate on growing his business.read more >
3 top tax tips for freelancers
The numbers of people working freelance in the UK are rising, with data from the 2017 Labour Force Survey estimating that there are almost 2 million freelancers, which represents 6% of all workers. Make sure you know what you’re responsible forread more >
New rules for declaring self-employment income
THE LATEST NEWS
The situation regarding self-employment and whether you should pay tax on your earnings can be very confusing. However, for the 2017-18 tax year (running from April 6 2017 to April 5 2018), HMRC have issued some new guidance which may make things easier to understand.read more >
5 Accounting mistakes small business owners often make in their first year
Avoid these mistakes
If you have recently started your first business, there can be a lot to take into account. However, one element of your company you need to get right is your finances. Read on to discover some of the most common accounting errors that small business owners make in their first year so that you can avoid them.read more >
Fines and penalties? Find out how to reclaim the VAT
Are you claiming fines?
It is not uncommon for people to be given a fine or parking penalty whilst carrying out a business task. However, the good news for your balance sheet is that you may be able to reclaim the amount through your tax return.read more >
4 top bookkeeping tips for entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurs are funny fish when it comes to finances. They often keep everything related to the finances of their business in their heads. When you’re an entrepreneur, this isn’t as tricky as it sounds, because you know your business inside out. It has some advantages.read more >
Why George & Rebecca Choose Swindells
Swindells' advice directly translated into the decision we ended up making
George & Rebecca co-founded and manage ILS, International Location Safety, a business set up to provide NGO staff with the skills necessary to work in hostile environments. Here’s why they choose Swindells…read more >
Making tax digital – what you need to know
get up to date
From small businesses to big multinational companies, the way tax is done is soon going to change. That’s because HMRC is bringing in its ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative, which will change the way tax returns are filed. The change means the annual tax return will become a thing of the past, with businesses required to submit information every three months.read more >
How to claim tax relief for employment expenses
TAX RELIEF FOR EMPLOYEES
In the majority of cases, if you incur expenses during your employment, you will be able to claim these back from your employer. However, there are some cases where an employer may not reimburse you, so it is possible to claim tax relief.read more >
Reducing your tax bill through charitable giving & key November tax dates
Tax breaks for charitable giving
Giving to charity attracts a series of generous tax breaks that you can take advantage of. These breaks can positively affect inheritance tax, income tax as well as capital gains.read more >
Which taxes do limited companies in the UK need to pay?
What taxes are your business liable for?
In a limited company in the UK, it is the responsibility of the company directors to ensure that taxes are paid. Businesses will usually require the help of an accountant to ensure they abide by the law, but, to give you a better understanding of what needs to be paid and when, here’s a brief overview of how tax laws in the UK work for limited companies:read more >
Key tasks you must know about payroll reporting
KEEP UP TO DATE
A key part of the legal responsibilities employers must fulfil is the setting up and operation of a payroll system. This is not just so your staff can be paid on time but also so the relevant information can be reported to HMRC.read more >
Buying property? Consult your accountant!
IN THE KNOW
Getting on the property ladder is tough for most people: but if you are self-employed, you face a series of extra hurdles if you want the approval of the mortgage lenders. Even renting can be tough, unless you can verify your income.read more >
Small firms struggle with tax compliance
Struggling with your small business tax?
Calls are increasing for the government to simplify the tax reporting requirements for small businesses. The time and effort put into navigating the UK’s complex taxation legislation in order to comply with requirements is deemed excessive.read more >
3 ways to stay on top of your books as a sole trader
Getting your records in order
Bookkeeping is a vital part of your business’s operation. Making sure you keep excellent and accurate records is something you should be doing regularly, especially if you will be completing your own tax return to the HMRC.read more >
Why Stuart chooses Swindells as his accountants
Photographer & Brand Consultant
Stuart is a Travel Photographer & Brand Consultant. He works with clients all over the world and is abroad most of the time. Swindells provides Stuart with a flexible and responsive service that allows him to travel and keep on top of his finances.read more >
Buy to let landlords need to take action to reduce tax bills
Some buy to let landlords who haven’t taken into account the variety of tax changes within the sector may well soon be faced with problems. Research from Kent Reliance highlights that 20% of UK landlords have now either transferred property portfolios under the banner of a limited company or moved ownership over to a spouse. The research further highlights that one in seven of these landlords don’t actually understand the reasons behind this.read more >
Common tax return mistakes to avoid
Just one slip up can end up costing you when it comes to filing your tax return. This could mean that you miss out on a refund, end up paying more tax than required, or that HMRC is breathing down your neck and demands an audit.read more >
Are you up to date on your tax deadlines?
Make sure you're ready
Companies in the UK are subject to a number of deadlines from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs throughout the financial year. If you, or your financial representatives, are not up to date on your accounts and filing obligations, then you could quickly come up against a raft of late filing penalties and charges.read more >
Autumn Budget 2017: Reaction from Robin Stevenson
The condensed version - what you need to know
Philip Hammond delivered his second budget today with the dual brief of getting the UK ready for Brexit and tackling economic hardship. He showed a brave face, and made a few jokes, as he tried to confirm or convince us that the UK is a leading economyread more >
Do you know about these three small business taxes?
GROWING YOUR BUSINESS
If you are running your own small business, it is certain that you will have to pay tax at some point. Where it can all get a bit confusing though is what tax applies to you, as there are quite a few different types of tax that businesses can pay. Some, for example, may only apply to limited companies which, if you are a sole trader, are not needed.read more >
Swindells Autumn Budget Pack (DOWNLOAD)
How will the budget affect you?
Our summary focuses on the tax measures which may affect you, your family and your business. To help you decipher what was said we have included our own comments. If you have any questions please contact us for advice.read more >
Why Paul & Andy @ Eco Gym choose Swindells
Why choose Swindells?
Eco Gym is the UK’s first sustainable gym group. They believe we should all take the same care of the environment as we do with our own bodies. Read on to find out how Swindells have helped Eco Gym with their ambitious growth plansread more >
How is BREXIT going to change the tax we pay now and in the future?
Changing times in a BREXIT Britain
It was stated over the weekend that the leave campaigners had no plan to invoke after they won the referendum, and I think that is right because it is the government that needs to give us the plan going forward.read more >
4 top tips for completing your tax self-assessment return
Are you ready?
If you are self-employed, either as a sole trader or the owner of a business, then getting your tax return completed on time is essential. Fines can start piling up if you are even one day late with it…read more >
Ten things you can do to make preparing your tax return easier
TAX RETURN TIPS
We all know that anything that can save time when you run a business is a blessing. Here are a quick few tips that will help you when it comes to tax return season.read more >
When you should (and shouldn’t) file your own taxes
Get it done right
Whether to file your own taxes or to use professional accountants is a question that many people will ask of themselves every year. There is no reason why you can’t file your own taxes if your situation is uncomplicated and you have a good head for numbers, but it is important to remember the consequences for getting it wrong.read more >
Inheritance tax, estate tax & tax brackets November 2017
Inheritance & Estate Tax
Death and taxes…yes we all have to pay them but how much is inheritance tax? When? What are you liable for? How do I pay what I owe? It can be a daunting and difficult task to work this out when you’re actually trying to do your job and live at the same time…read more >
Why Anna Shephard (MD at E&S Heating & Ventilation) Chooses Swindells
Why Anna Chooses Swindells
MD Anna Shephard took over the management of E&S Ventilation & Heating Ltd. from her Mother & Father in 2010, taking the reigns in one of the most tumultuous times for the industry in recent years. Read about how Swindells have supported her & E&S over the last 5 years…read more >
Don’t forget to exercise due diligence (Mergers & Acquisitions)
Mergers, Acquisitions & Due Diligence
For all businesses, it’s necessary to carry out a due diligence process when considering significant transactions. Normally associated with mergers and acquisitions, due diligence can be carried out prior to various types of ventures.read more >
Common tax return mistakes made by SMEs (that you need to avoid)
Filling in your tax return can be stressful; for most SMEs, it becomes one of the most stressful periods of the year. Innocent mistakes can lead to hefty fines and greater future scrutiny from HMRC, both of which you want to avoid. As such, here are four of the most common tax return mistakes made by SMEs, according to our experts, that you need to watch out for and avoid.read more >
Why hire a chartered accountant?
GET EXPERT ADVICE
When setting up a business, you may not have even considered hiring a chartered accountant, however, failing to take this into consideration could be one of the biggest mistakes you make upon starting out.read more >
What tax deductibles can sole traders claim?
What Can You Claim?
One of the most common questions that sole traders ask when tax returns are due is what costs they can deduct from their tax to reduce tax due. The easy answer is that they can claim anything that is wholly and exclusively for carrying out their trade.read more >
Why Steve & Matt (Sussex Beds) Choose Swindells
Why do Matt & Steve at Sussex Beds choose to work with Swindells?
Sussex Beds is a family business founded in Hastings over 35 years ago by Matt and Steve’s father. Three years ago Matt (Financial Director) & Steve (Managing Director) took over the running of the business with further directors that are all part of the extended family group. Read why Matt & Steve choose Swindells…read more >
Tax Laws For Landlords (ARE YOU UP TO DATE WITH YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?)
TAX HELP FOR LANDLORDS
If you own property and rent it out, tax laws can be quite complicated and they are often updated. Here is a quick guide to help you understand what you are liable to pay.read more >
What is due diligence?
KEEP UP TO DATE
It’s likely that you’ve often heard the term due diligence referred to during your time in business, but do you know what it actually means? There are different types of due diligence, as it can refer to commercial, legal or financial activities.read more >