Newsletter – New Battersea Branch & More!

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By , May 31, 2018

New Battersea branch and newsletter

Taxfile is pleased to welcome the opening of the new branch in Battersea, London SW8. This joins its sister branches at Dulwich, Tulse Hill and the West Country — what a great family!

Our latest email newsletter is available to online (see link below). Here is a brief introduction to just a few of the articles included:

  • If you work in the construction industry as sub-contractor or limited company, we may be able to help. Let us see if you are due a tax refund or help you register for CIS if you are not already set up.
  • We operative a refer-a-friend discount; please ask us for details and save money!
  • We pride ourselves in being a multi-lingual company. Our staff speak many languages including English, Arabic, Dari, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Pashto, Polish and Russian.
  • We can help you avoid late payment filing fees. Since May this year, HMRC are adding £10 per day to any fine for late filing! So, don’t delay – get in touch and we’ll help to minimise your fine and to get your tax affairs in order.
  • All of our clients get free Tax Enquiry Fee Protection Insurance. Please ask us for more details (terms apply).

View the full newsletter here.

If you have any tax- or accountancy-related issues that you need professional help with, simply call in, book an appointment or telephone us. We’ll be happy to help. Find your nearest branch below:

BATTERSEA BRANCH (SW8) – Tel: 020 7821 9444
Studio 4, Cloisters House, Cloisters Business Centre, Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BG. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm (& Fridays 11am-3pm by appointment).
www.taxfile.london

TULSE HILL BRANCH (SE21) – Tel: 020 8761 8000
25 Thurlow Park Road, Tulse Hill, London SE21 8JP.
Opening hours: Mon-Tues 9am-6pm, Wed-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-3pm
(& Saturdays 10am-1pm by appointment).
www.taxfile.co.uk

DULWICH BRANCH (SE21) – Tel: 020 8761 2268
11a Turney Road, London SE21 8LX.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm by appointment.
www.filetax.co.uk

WEST COUNTRY – Tel: 01392 875 862
(Exeter, Plymouth, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall)
www.guybridger.com

Christmas & New Year Opening at Taxfile (Dulwich Branch)

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By , December 21, 2017

Christmas & New Year opening times for Taxfile's Dulwich branch, London SE21

Season’s greetings to all of our customers and readers. Our thanks to you for your custom and for being a reader of this blog. We really appreciate it!

Taxfile’s branch in Turney Road (Dulwich) will close for Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 December respectively) and also for New Year’s Day (1 January 2018). Apart from that, we’re open 5 days a week as usual. So if you have any tax and accountancy-related issues you’d like our help with, please get in touch. Here’s the full picture:

  • Thursday 21 December: open 10.30am – 6pm
  • Friday 22 December: open 10.30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 23 December: closed
  • Sunday 24 December: closed
  • Monday 25 December (Christmas Day): closed
  • Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day): closed
  • Wednesday 27 December: open 10.30am – 6pm
  • Thursday 28 December: open 10.30am – 6pm
  • Friday 29 December: open 10.30am – 6pm
  • Saturday 30 December: closed
  • Sunday 31 December: closed
  • Monday 1 January 2018 (New Year’s Day): closed for the Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 2 January onwards: open as usual Mondays to Fridays 10.30am – 6pm

If you would like an introductory consultation for any tax matter whatsoever, you can book an appointment online here or simply call 0208 761 2268 (07766 495 871 after office hours) to arrange one with our tax professionals.

The Taxfile Team wishes you a very happy Christmas if you celebrate it (a very happy ‘Festive season’ if not) and our very best wishes to you for 2018 when it arrives. Thank you too for your custom during 2017 — we really appreciate it.

Autumn Newsletter 2017 – Tax News, Tips & Recommendations

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By , November 27, 2017

Taxfile's Autumn 2017 newsletter for limited company clients

Taxfile’s Autumn 2017 newsletter for limited company clients is ready to view. It’s jam-packed full of useful tax- and Taxfile-related news so grab a hot drink and take a ten minute read. It may save you money and will certainly make you aware of some important HMRC deadlines coming up in the near future. Articles include:

    • Farewell to Ali
    • Bank Downloads Save Time & Money
    • Deadlines & Key Dates
    • The Future is Digital
    • Accounting for VAT
    • Have you made a Capital Gain?
    • Assets Overseas? Non-Resident Landlord? Read This!
    • Do you Employ People?
    • C.I.S. Subbies: Claim your Tax Refund for Christmas!
    • The Benefits of Using Taxfile
    • All Your Tax & Accounting Needs Taken Care of
    • Tax Affairs in a Mess?
    • Who Works at Taxfile?

You can view the newsletter online here or download it in Acrobat PDF format here. If you’d like to print it out, it’s best to print out from the Acrobat PDF version.

If you’d like to be automatically sent a copy of future e-news from Taxfile, you can sign up here. Just enter a few details and we’ll add you to our distribution list free of charge. We only send a few e-communications each year and you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking a link in the footer of each email you’ll receive. We will not sell or share your details with anyone.

If you would like to discuss any tax or accounting issues, simply book an appointment with our Dulwich office or call 0208 761 2268 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Taxfile Nominated for Major Accounting Award

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By , September 20, 2016

Taxfile nominated as Finalist in the British Accountancy Awards 2016

Taxfile is delighted to be a Finalist in the ‘Independent Firm of the Year, Greater London‘ category of the sixth annual British Accountancy Awards 2016. It’s a great honour and Taxfile’s Founder, Guy Bridger, would like to pass on his congratulations to all Taxfile staff, particularly Julie, Ewelina, Faiz and Ali, as this is recognition for all their hard work. Taking place on the 29th of November at The Brewery, London, the event promises to be a night to remember with a three-course dinner, guest host and the Awards ceremony itself. More information about the awards, and those shortlisted, is available here.

Taxfile’s Dulwich office specialises in accountancy-related work for limited companies and SMEs. Part of that includes year end accounts as well as handling of corporation tax, income tax and payroll, NI, VAT and company formations. Taxfile also recently launched its service to help companies with their Auto Enrolment duties in relation to the new Workplace Pensions. So, really, Taxfile can help with anything from simple bookkeeping and tax returns to complex tax problems. Call 0208 761 2268 for further information, book a 20 minute appointment online here or send us an emailed message here and we’ll be happy to help.

The Dulwich office of Taxfile is at 11a Turney Road, London SE21 8LX.

Customer Newsletter, Summer 2016

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By , September 20, 2016

Customer Newsletter, Autumn 2016

Check out our latest newsletter for our limited company clients. This was recently emailed to our client database, however if you missed it, here’s another chance to find out more.

The newsletter includes:

  • a thank you to all clients;
  • updates on Ali and Daniel following their return from their Summer breaks;
  • news about Lynsey who is now offering help with Auto Enrolment duties in relation to Workplace Pensions;
  • confirmation of the various VAT-related services available from Sue, Dominika and Magda;
  • updates about Guy’s services and availability in London from Tuesdays to Fridays inclusive;
  • opening times for the Dulwich office;
  • free Tax Enquiry Fee Protection Insurance for Taxfile customers;
  • a customer feedback request from Guy;
  • accounting software to make your life easier, save you time and much more;
  • and finally, a sad farewell. Continue reading 'Customer Newsletter, Summer 2016'»

Which Cloud-Based Accounting Package is for You?

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By , April 11, 2016

Which cloud-based accounting package is right for you? FreeAgent, Xero or Sage One?Maybe your small business is still doing its accounts via paper-based records or perhaps you have an accounts package that is simply not measuring up. Either way Taxfile can help point you in the right direction with a new, all-singing, all-dancing modern package that is fit for the 21st Century. They can give you advice as to which software will best suit your needs and circumstances and help to get you up and running in no time at all.

FreeAgent, Xero or Sage One

FreeAgent, Xero or Sage One — accounts packages recommended by TaxfileThe cloud-based accounts packages recommended by Taxfile include FreeAgent, Xero or Sage One and any one of them will allow you to keep your bookkeeping and accounting records up to date while remaining accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. All three packages include:

  • The ability for you to create and send invoices direct from the package;
  • The built-in ability for the software to chase outstanding payments for you;
  • The ability for you to see at-a-glance snapshots of your cash-flow, in real-time;
  • The ability for you to track both time and expenses;
  • The ability for you to easily monitor your small business’s profit and loss;
  • The ability to forecast your tax liability at the click of a button;
  • The ability for the software to import bank statement data, direct from your bank account, straight into the application;
  • The ability for us to collaborate with you, as your accountant, bookkeeper or accounts assistant, behind the scenes, making the handling of HMRC, VAT, National Insurance and all manner of taxes a breeze.
  • And the list of features goes on!

We’ll donate £25 to a charity of your choice

Call Ryan at Taxfile and he can run you through all the options, features and benefits of each application so you can make an informed choice as to which is best for you. As an added bonus, for every limited company signing up to FreeAgent, Xero or Sage One through us, Taxfile will donate £25 to a charity of the customer’s choice.

Call Taxfile’s Dulwich office on 0208 761 2268 or contact them here (ask for Ryan). The Dulwich office of Taxfile is at 11a Turney Road, London, SE21 8LX.

FREE Sage Accounting Package for Every Active Taxfile Customer!*

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By , January 15, 2016

Free Sage accounting and bookkeeping software package for all Taxtile customersCalling all South London small businesses – claim your FREE* Sage accounts & bookkeeping package from Dulwich accountants Taxfile.

When you’re an active client of Taxfile, whether new or existing, we can supply you with your own Sage accounting package, free of charge*, and we’ll even help set it up for you! There are various packages to choose from and we’re happy to advise which is best for you and your small business. They’re great for anything from simple bookkeeping to full accounts handling, allowing easy record-keeping, bank reconciliation, the handling of VAT (including VAT returns), RTI submissions, automatic tax and National Insurance calculations and filing, and even Auto Enrolment communications for your employees. There is also a low-cost Payroll bolt-on option for those who would like to control their own payroll.

Sage cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping software packages

The Sage Software Packages:

  • Our free* ‘Sage One Cashbook’ package is great for bookkeeping and cash flow management — perfect for sole traders and cash-based businesses. It’s cloud-based so all you need is an internet connection and you can access your records from anywhere;
  • Our free* ‘Sage One Accounting’ package is better suited for small businesses, including start-ups, and includes the ability to manage finances, create quotations and invoices (including via a phone/tablet app), prepare VAT returns and even automatically stream your bank statement information straight into the package via an automatic ‘feed’ making it great for bank reconciliation and helping to make sure you account for all your business expenses. The integral bank feed even learns how to recognise regular transactions so the software is able to account for them in the best way;
  • Our ‘Sage One Payroll’ package is a low-cost bolt-on for the above, suitable for businesses who want to handle their own payroll (fully, or assisted by Taxfile) and who have 15 employees or less. It helps small businesses sort out payroll including payslips and tax calculations as well as helping them to stay within the law, keep up to date on financial regulations and even handle RTI submissions and employees’ Workplace Pension Auto-Enrolment communications. Nearly all small businesses with employees must implement such communications to inform employees of their rights in respect to Workplace Pension contributions, so such automation is a great feature and an immense time-saver.

All the software packages are secure, cloud-based so can be accessed from anywhere that has an internet connection, and have direct links to HMRC for easy filing, where appropriate, for things like tax returns, VAT returns, National Insurance and RTI etc. Calculation of what’s due to HMRC can be automated with the software and then paid and filed from the package. Such links and automation will become more and more useful and important into the future as Continue reading 'FREE Sage Accounting Package for Every Active Taxfile Customer!*'»

Read Taxfile’s Autumn Newsletter & save money!

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By , November 17, 2015

Taxfile's Autumn Newsletter 2015We’re pleased to announce that Taxfile customers can now download our latest newsletter in Acrobat PDF format right here. Featuring in this Autumn newsletter are the following:

  • Early Birds save 5% by coming to Taxfile before Christmas;
  • Write a testimonial about Taxfile’s service and save £10 off your Taxfile bill;
  • Introduce a new client to Taxfile and save 12½% off our prices;
  • Taxfile’s latest high-tech services & facilities;
  • Useful tips;
  • And much more!

Left-click this link to open the Acrobat PDF in a new browser window. Most browsers will be able to display the PDF but if yours does not, right-click the link instead, then choose the option to save the file to your hard drive before manually opening it in Acrobat.

Get Accounts Package “Sage One Cashbook” Free!

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By , December 24, 2014

Sage online accounts package - free!Hop over to The Tax Blog to get the excellent Sage One Cashbook online accounting, cashflow and bookkeeping package totally free of charge if you’re a Taxfile/Guy Bridger Ltd client. No strings attached —  we pay your subscription for you and even help set you up on it! Think of it as our Christmas present to all our lovely customers.

Sage One Cashbook makes accounting and bookkeeping a breeze and keeps all your data safe, secure and backed-up online. Access it from anywhere with an internet connection. With your permission it even allows us to collaborate with you in real time to make accountancy and tax calculations quicker and easier then ever. If you like it you can even upgrade to include things like payroll, for a fairly negligible monthly cost. Learn more here but don’t hang around; this offer is going to be popular so sign up before it’s gone!

Happy With Our Service? Write a testimonial & receive £10 off!

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By , October 22, 2014

customer-testimonialsIf you are happy with our service we’d love to hear about it because we’re putting together a page of customer testimonials on our website. They need only be short if you haven’t got much time, but more detailed comments are fine too! As a thank you, you’ll receive a £10 off voucher which you can offset against your next Taxfile bill. Please submit your testimonial via this simple form. Many thanks!

If you’re not happy, of course please let us know right away and we can work out how to put things right. We want all of our customers to be happy and any feedback will help us to improve our services. Again, many thanks.

Save time on your bookwork, at no extra cost

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By , October 21, 2014

At Taxfile we know that book work isn’t your top priority so we’re currently implementing a new system that will save you time on your book work (without costing you a penny extra) and also allow us to provide a better service to you.

Bankstream is a new service that, with your permission, enables us to securely collect electronic copies of your bank statements directly from your bank so as to make the analysis of your expenses and income much easier and faster. You continue to receive your statements as normal but no longer need to provide us with copies of them.  Bankstream does not give us access to your banking account so doesn’t give us the ability to create, amend or affect transactions on your account (no passwords or PINs will ever be requested from you — it’s completely safe). It simply gives us an additional electronic copy of your historical bank transactions so as to make accounting analysis easier and faster.

Bankstream

The Bankstream service itself is FREE to Taxfile customers (we absorb the cost). If you are interested in spending less time on your book work, ask us for a Bankstream Authority Form. Call 0208 761 2268 or find out more here.

Save Money — Beat the December Price Increase!

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By , October 20, 2014

Save money on your accounting - act fast!If you are the director of a Limited company, in a partnership or are self-employed, your personal tax return is due on 31 January 2015. You are strongly advised to supply your records, bank statements, receipts etc. to our Dulwich office in South London as soon as possible, please, so that you are not caught in a last-minute rush — Taxfile has several hundred tax returns to complete, so the earlier the better. Some limited company ‘year end’ accounts will also fall due on 31 December 2014 or 31 January 2015. For those businesses, it’s exactly the same message — time is of the essence.

As an added incentive, if you get your accounting records to Taxfile before 1st December, you will beat the December price rise. Taxfile has held its prices for several years now and Continue reading 'Save Money — Beat the December Price Increase!'»

Autumn Newsletter Ready to Download

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By , October 15, 2014

Autumn Newsletter 2014We have just completed our Autumn newsletter for customers and anyone else interested in our services and potential ways to save money on accounting, bookkeeping and tax for small and medium-sized businesses. Included in this edition are some time-sensitive articles including ways to avoid a small price increase if you act fast, ways to save time on your bookwork by using something called ‘Bankstream’ which is supplied free to Taxfile customers, how to get an early bird fee reduction if you submit your records to us before the end of December, a reminder about the free ‘tax enquiry fee protection’ service available to our customers (a couple of small provisos apply) and lastly a ‘mind map’ diagram showing interesting and useful information about our lovely multi-lingual staff. Download the newsletter here (Acrobat PDF file: right-click to save the PDF to your hard drive then open it in Acrobat Reader. Alternatively left-click the link to view the newsletter directly in most browsers).

Automatic Enrolment for WorkPlace Pensions: Many SMEs Are Still Confused

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By , August 26, 2014

Back in April we wrote about the new Workplace Pensions and Automatic Enrolment. Since then some concerning information has been brought to light following some research by HW Fisher & Company:

  • 67% of the 750 SMEs responding to the survey said that they have no idea when their ‘Staging Date’ is;
  • 49% of them said that they understand little or nothing about the preparations they will have to make;
  • 35% said they don’t know how to start the process so have done absolutely nothing so far;
  • 30% of the respondents are concerned about the set-up costs;
  • 32% of them said that they do not know how to gauge the future impact of participating in Workplace Pensions;
  • 62% are worried about the costs of continuously having to make employer contributions to staff pensions;
  • and 47% voiced concerns about the additional administrative overhead which would be involved managing the scheme.

The findings are not surprising. After all, many SMEs will not have any previous knowledge of dealing with staff pension schemes, nor will they have experience or perhaps even the budget to cover the associated costs. While the reasoning behind the introduction of WorkPlace Pensions and Automatic Enrolment is sound, the reality is that this is likely to become another unwelcome administrative burden for the smaller business owner – and of course it represents Continue reading 'Automatic Enrolment for WorkPlace Pensions: Many SMEs Are Still Confused'»

Change to permitted VAT return submission methods

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By , May 22, 2014

Changes to VAT return submission methodsIn a vote for common sense, HMRC has finally relaxed its requirements, under certain circumstances, in respect to the methods it allows for submission of VAT returns. Previously almost* all businesses were forced to submit VAT returns on-line while paper and telephone submission methods were phased out forcibly even for those who did not have access to a viable on-line method. We’re pleased to confirm that HMRC are now relaxing submission requirements for those businesses who can show that the on-line method is not a practical one for their particular circumstances, for example based on limitations caused by age, disability, remoteness, quality of internet connection etc. HMRC now requires those unable to file on-line to file by telephone. And if that’s not practical for similar reasons, they may then be able to submit good old-fashioned paper VAT returns. If HMRC decline both methods, the business or individual concerned will be able to appeal if it thinks it has a reasonable reason to do so.

This change of heart follows a tribunal Continue reading 'Change to permitted VAT return submission methods'»

Workplace Pensions & Automatic Enrolment

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By , April 24, 2014

Between October 2012 and 2018, all UK employers must have complied with the new government initiative and have enrolled all eligible staff into a new ‘Workplace Pension’, a process known as automatic enrolment. Employers will each be allocated a staging date, which is the date by which they must launch the new Workplace Pension scheme for eligible employees. Failure to comply could mean penalties and enforcement actions being taken against the non-compliant employers.

Who pays in?

  • Employees who do not opt out of the scheme* will pay a minimum percentage of their earnings above £5,668 (figure correct at time of writing);
  • Employers will also contribute to the pension fund for employees;
  • The Government also helps because payments into the scheme are, in effect, tax-free.

What date do employers have to launch the scheme?

The date that the scheme goes live will vary from one employer to another, based primarily on the number of employees in the organisation. Larger employers will launch earlier (from October 2012) while those employing only a few employees will launch later (up to 2018). The exact launch date is known as the ‘staging date’ and employers can find out their own particular staging date by visiting this link and entering their PAYE reference. The Pensions Regulator advises that, once they know their staging date, employers should begin preparations at least 12 months in advance.

A quick PDF guide to preparing for automatic enrolment can be found by right-clicking this link or by visiting the Pensions Regulator help area. Tools for creating an employer’s action plan are also available, here.

Eligible Staff

Eligible staff are employees who Continue reading 'Workplace Pensions & Automatic Enrolment'»

Autumn Statement by the Chancellor

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By , December 9, 2013

Hot off the press is this recording of the Chancellor, George Osborne’s Autumn Statement made in the House of Commons on Thursday of last week (5 December 2013). In it he addressed Parliament and outlined his ‘fiscally tax neutral’ plans and proposed changes, which will affect the personal tax allowance, married couples who will receive a transferable allowance of £1000, National Insurance Contributions being waived for those employing people under 21, alteration of capital gains tax when applied to non-domiciled landlords who make gains from UK lettings, changes to the ISA limits and much more. For full commentary and finer detail either view the video above or click here to read the full story on Taxfile’s blog. Continue reading 'Autumn Statement by the Chancellor'»

National Minimum Wage for Interns

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By , November 25, 2013

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’) is clamping down on employers who employ interns without paying them at least the National Minimum Wage. While internships are a very important mechanism for students and graduates to gain work experience and to move towards full-time employment, all too often in the past, some companies and organisations have used interns as a way to get work done for free.

So UK employers must now abide by the national minimum wage laws, which covers both interns and those on work experience as well as anyone who can be considered a worker. If they don’t, they may Continue reading 'National Minimum Wage for Interns'»

Business Club Meeting

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By , January 24, 2013

A Fair Tax On Profits

This event is free of charge to members of the London Southside Chamber of Commerce and their guests.

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The presentation should be of interest to anyone seeking a greater understanding of how individuals and businesses are taxed. Guy will outline the expectations of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), illustrating how individuals and organisations share the same responsibilities in calculating profits and managing their tax affairs. He hopes to enliven the debate about how we should deal with the challenge of maintaining profitability and paying tax and will explore the concept of what is fair in today’s society and suggest measures to create a more level playing field.

Date & Venue:

Tuesday 5th February 2013, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Anthony Gold Solicitors, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London Bridge City, London SE1 2QN

Booking:

Email: gerry@londonscc.co.uk
Phone:
020 3174 0989 or 07958 584479
A free buffet with wine and soft drinks will be served.

Guy Bridger, the speaker, is an accountant and tax advisor with offices in London and in Devon. He has won several awards and has recently been advising the Office of Tax Simplification.

Download out new brochure!

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By , November 21, 2012

Brochure PDF

Exciting news – we have a new brochure! It’s going to print soon but we thought some of you might like a sneak preview so please feel free to download it here (PDF format, less then 1MB). It shows you the many accountancy-related services available from the various offices within the Guy Bridger Ltd. group — that’s both in South London (also offices here) and in Exeter, Devon — as well as details of the many discounts available (download the brochure for more details).


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