Having a good firm of accountants on your side will ensure that you have all the information and support that you need to help your business grow and flourish.
They can offer advice and help you comply with accounting and tax requirements.
If you are self employed or run a small enterprise in
Bedfordshire, it makes sense to use an Accountant or Bookkeeper who is keen to help small business and new business start ups rather than struggle with the task yourself.
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The information below primarily relates to self-employment but if you decide to trade as a limited company, you can read more here:
Running a Limited Company.
You should tell HMRC as soon as you start self-employment, otherwise you may face a penalty. You are considered to have started self-employment when you have something to sell and either have a customer for your goods or services, or you are actively marketing your business.
You can let HMRC know about your self-employment by registering online for business taxes. A Self-Assessment Online account will automatically be set up at the same time. This allows you to send your Self-Assessment tax returns online. You will receive an Activation Code. You need to activate the service within 28 days. If you don’t, you will have to ask for a new Activation Code.
As a self-employed person, you pay a fixed amount of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NIC). If your profits are above a certain limit, you may also have to pay Class 4 National Insurance contributions.
DataFox helps startups and SMEs in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas, claim research and development tax credits. If you have developed a new product, process or service or had some software, technology or apps created for you or you have developed this in-house, you could be due a cash payment from HMRC or a reduction in corporation tax bill if you pay this. The government set up the scheme to promote innovation and this allows companies in the UK to reclaim some of the money invested in qualifying research and development - whether or not they are making a profit. This is an additional benefit to other forms of government funding and research grants which are available. Want a cash payment back from the government? Call Tony Martinez (Senior R&D Cosnultant) on 07544 220123 and have a chat. We have a strategic partnership with University of Bedfordshire and are helping companies they work with claim.