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SFS Accounting

07799 773696

Fordingbridge Accountant

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Why Should You Choose A Qualified Accountant?

Anyone can set up an accountancy practice, regardless of their experience and qualifications. If you choose an unqualified person you could be trusting your finances with an accountant who doesn’t have the experience to handle your affairs professionally and doesn’t have to abide by standards of conduct or comply with a code of ethics if something goes wrong.

The benefits of choosing a qualified accountant (registered with one of the UK Accounting Bodies such as AAT, ICAEW or ACCA ) include having an accountant who is regulated, licensed, insured, kept up to date with continued professional development and following a code of ethics to maintain professional standards. 

Free advertising and resources for Small Businesses

Take a look at the Small Business Saturday website for free advertising and resources for your small business. 

Free webinars are run regularly and advised to those signed up to receive Small Business Saturday newsletters.

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Download a Free Start-up Pack from SYOB

This FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

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Management Accounts - essential guides for good business decisions

Management accounts are often overlooked by smaller businesses, but they provide vital insights into a business’s performance and provide up to date information to assist with business decisions.

Management accounts give up-to-date financial information about your business allowing you to make informed business decisions and direct the future of your business.

At SFS Accounting we can prepare monthly management accounts for your business tailored to the reports that you would find useful.

1. Profit & Loss Reports with comparisons to prior periods revealing trends allowing you to plan for regular occurrences.

2. Balance Sheets showing you the current assets and liabilities of your business and movement from prior periods. What the business owns and what the business owes.

3. Aged Creditors and Debtors Reports giving detailed information about your payables and receivables

4. Budget Reports giving information about actual v budgeted income/expenses for the period to help you check current performance against expectations and goals.

5. Cash flow forecasts providing an overview of your cashflow and allowing you to plan ahead for known costs.

Please call or email Sam for a quote. 07799 773696 [email protected]

Watch out for HMRC Scams

It could be a scam if it:   

1.     is unexpected,    2.   offers a refund, tax rebate or grant,   3.   asks for personal information like bank details,   4.    is threatening,   5.  tells you to transfer money

You can be sure that HMRC will:

1.   only ever call you asking about a claim or payment on a debt that you already know about,   2. never leave a voicemail threatening legal action,   3.  never give the reason for a call on a voice message

If you receive any communication through WhatsApp claiming to be from HMRC it’s a scam.

SEISS 4th Grant

The online claims service for the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021 until 31 May 2021.

If you are eligible, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you your personal claim date. This will be the date that you can make your claim from. See webpage below for further information.

New Payroll Rules 2021

From 6 April 2021 HMRC are changing the off-payroll working rules. You can use the link below to check the employment status of yourself or your employees/contractors. The results can be printed and used as evidence to HMRC of determining employment status.

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Protect yourself from scams

Protect yourself from scams

Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic. Search 'scams' on GOV.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to [email protected] and texts to 60599.

Third grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

For self-employed clients, the third SEISS grant closes for claims on Friday 29 January. You must claim on or before this date.

Similar to the first and second SEISS grants, the third SEISS grant will also be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance. Alongside the first and second grants, the third SEISS grant should be reported on your 2020/21 Self Assessment tax returns (filing deadline 31 January 2022).

Where you also claim Universal Credit (UC), the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grant should be reported to DWP in the month the grant is paid and may affect the amount of UC received.

New 100% government backed loan scheme for small business

• businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days

• loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form.

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Support for Business during the Covid-19 pandemic ​

Business rates - There will be a one-year business rates holiday for all businesses in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. This change will apply automatically.

£25,000 cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure - Businesses must have a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000. Local authorities will write to businesses that meet the criteria.

£10,000 grant for the smallest businesses - Any businesses currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) or Rural Rate Relief will qualify. Apply for the emergency funding direct from their local Council.

Self-employed Income Support - The Government is to pay self-employed people across the UK a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profit. This will be calculated from up to three years of tax filings (if available), and be capped at £2,500 per month. HMRC will contact eligible taxpayers and tell them how to apply. This will not be available until June 2020.

Tax and VAT bills delayed - Payment of key taxes will be automatically deferred to provide businesses with a further potential source of working capital. You may need to cancel direct debit instructions with your bank if direct debits have been set up to pay taxes.

HMRC Time to Pay service - Struggling businesses and self-employed people can ask HMRC for more time to settle tax bills. Decisions will be made case by case. Call the HMRC dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Individual businesses will be able to apply for loans up to a maximum of £5 million. The Government will pay the interest for 12 months and will guarantee 80% of the loan. Any company with a turnover of up to £45 million can apply.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – The Government will cover 80% of the salaries of workers who remain on payroll but are temporarily not working during the coronavirus outbreak, up to a total of £2,500 a month. Employers will submit claims via an online portal.

Statutory sick pay - Any business with fewer than 250 employees will have the cost of providing 14 days of statutory sick pay (per employee) refunded by the government in full. It will also apply from day one rather than the usual day four of illness — even if individuals have no symptoms.

Universal Credit - Self-employed workers can claim income support if they need to self-isolate.

Hardship fund - A £500 million hardship fund is to be made available through local authorities.

For Isle of Wight Businesses

Pay it Forward Crowdfunder and match-funding by Solent LEP - If you are a micro or small business you could access to up to £2,000 in match funding through the Solent LEP’s Crowdfunder’s Pay it Forward scheme.

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Happy hour for pubs as government cuts business rates

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (3230)

Pubs to benefit from £1,000 business rates discount.

In a fresh demonstration of the government’s support for communities up and down the country, Sajid Javid confirmed the new Pubs Relief would be introduced in April, with £1,000 being taken off the business rates bills of small pubs who qualify.


As many as 18,000 pubs are expected to benefit from the discount.


The relief will come on top of an extended retail discount, which smalle...

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Get ahead for 2020

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (2228)

With the Christmas preparations to do, the parties to go to and the the election next week it is a very busy time of year for most of us and the last thing we may be concerned about it is our self assessment tax return. However, 2019 is now drawing to a close and it will soon be January leaving us just one month to prepare our annual tax returns. Now is the time to get ahead for 2020! Co...

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Management Accounts �?? helping you to take control of your business finances and growth

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (874)

Management accounts keep you in the driving seat of your business giving you up to date information for decision making in informative monthly reports.

The benefits include:

• A regular business healthcheck and measure of financial performance

• Information to control and plan expenditure

• Increased control over cashflow using forecasting information

• Information to keep plans or individual projects on track or to change direction to m...

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New service for my clients

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1689)

I am now licensed to offer consultancy services for computerised accounting systems. Please contact me to discuss if you are considering purchasing a new computerised accounting system or need support with your current system.

Get Ready for Brexit

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1202)

Here is a handy tool to use to find out what your business needs to do to prepare for Brexit:

Have you overpaid your student loan?

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (666)

Have you overpaid your student loan? Are you due a refund?

The government is holding more than £28m of overpayments made to the Student Loan Company (SLC) in error, as a result of repayments being deducted from individuals after they have paid off their loans in full.

If you believe there has been an over-repayment of your student loan, contact the SLC to seek a refund.

Tax Credits renewal

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1283)

Do you claim tax credits? If so, you will need to renew your claim by 31st July 2019.

Income reporting at renewal is for the 2018-19 tax year. This includes net profit from self-employment. If you have other income, for example: dividends, investment income, interest, pensions or property/rent, these also need to be included.

Please contact me - [email protected] - if you would like any assistance in preparing information or applying for your tax credit renewal. ...

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New HMRC VAT Regulations from April 2019

Posted on March 2, 2019 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (578)

HMRC are introducing Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT Returns in April 2019 and SFS Accounting are ready to help businesses every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

MTD VAT compliant accounting software is available for purchase through SFS Accounting and we can help with preparing your book-keeping and VAT Returns, making your business compliant to HMRC’s new regulations.

If you are ready to talk digital or outsource your digital requirements...

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New employer legislation

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (1414)

Employers - Please be aware of the following new legislation as it applies from today.

The government has introduced what it claims to be the biggest package of workplace reforms for 20 years after concerns that ministers have failed to appeal to voters who are “just about managing”.

Legislation that comes into effect today will ensure:

  • Employers give workers details of their rights from the first day in their job, including eligibility fo...
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Self Assessment at Christmas

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (16483)

Take the weight off your shoulders this Christmas………

Mince pies, fairy lights and tax returns, two out three ain’t bad, let SFS Accounting carry the burden of the third one!

Get your tax return done well ahead of the 31 January 2019 deadline so you can relax and enjoy your celebrations.


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