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The Springfords blog - 2018

23 Aug 2018Scams Texts and Fake Steaks - avoiding them

Scams Texts and Fake Steaks - avoiding them

Phish, Phish, Trouble for you, Surfing Download and Spam. If you get a message that looks like it was written by the Trumpton Fire Brigade, you might want to hose down your enthusiasm before opening it, and avoid ... (more)

30 Jul 2018Networking for not necessarily absolute beginners

Networking for not necessarily absolute beginners

There’s more to good business than getting along with your co-workers and clients. There’s a big wide world out there and engaging with it brings new opportunities and new business. We’re not sure when the simple act of conversation ... (more)

19 Jul 2018Working for yourself must also mean learning for yourself

Working for yourself must also mean learning for yourself

In the landscape of freelancing and the gig economy, your personal development may be well down the priority ladder. Plus for many businesses, time out for learning is time out from earning. The old proverb says that if you ... (more)

12 Jul 2018For a singular couple, a plural relief

For a singular couple, a plural relief

With a rule book delivered on a pallet by a fork lift truck, the complexity of the British tax system is the stuff of legend …. With a plethora of obligations and reliefs, how do you keep on ... (more)

26 Jun 2018Cloud tech not pie in the sky

Cloud tech not pie in the sky

Online tech is big business for micro-businesses, says a recent report. Being small should also mean thinking big. Putting technology to work can dramatically boost even the most bespoke of businesses, and we’re here to help. You’re literally one ... (more)

12 Jun 2018Making Tax Digital: penalties and special cases

Making Tax Digital: penalties and special cases

Penalties HMRC has announced that a new points-based system for MTD non-compliance is likely to be introduced, although further details are still to be finalised. This is in addition to the existing VAT penalties regime for late payment. Points will be ... (more)

12 Jun 2018The spy on your wrist?

The spy on your wrist?

Broadcasting your healthy lifestyle is so fashionable, but will you be smiling if your activity posts said less about how much you get out and about, and more about how much you’re quoted for life insurance? Like ‘the hoover', ... (more)

05 Jun 2018Making Tax Digital: record keeping and software

Making Tax Digital: record keeping and software

Record keeping under MTD As it stands, there is no indication from HMRC of any changes to either the information businesses will be required to submit or to any deadlines for filing information and making VAT payments. Submissions will still ... (more)

29 May 2018Making Tax Digital: background and regulations

Making Tax Digital: background and regulations

We have now passed a major milestone after years of proposals & consultations and it is less than a year until the first wave of businesses will be required to submit tax information online. In this three-part series ... (more)

29 May 2018#GoodProfileBadProfile

#GoodProfileBadProfile

Are you among the professionals paying four-figure sums to have your online profile curated by an agency? Maybe you’re not, but there’s plenty you can do right now to spruce up your profile and present the right impression. How ... (more)

09 May 2018Retail mergers and you

Retail mergers and you

With Asda and Sainsbury’s in talks over becoming Sainsda - or is it Asbury’s - the retail landscape isn’t so much shifting as undergoing an earthquake. Does that mean a shake up for the rest of us, and ... (more)

04 May 2018Snow joke for business planning

Snow joke for business planning

Has the rapid flip from Siberian Winter to sybaritic Spring been a relief to you, or are the mood swings of the climate a fair weather friend to your finances? Springfords has a reliable forecast. As the snows thawed ... (more)

19 Apr 2018Know your obligations as a residential property landlord

Know your obligations as a residential property landlord

There are many obligations, which as a landlord of residential property, you are liable to carry out. This blog will focus on discussing two core obligations that we encourage you to carry out. Landlord Registration All local councils have a ... (more)

12 Apr 2018New agricultural wages rates in Scotland

New agricultural wages rates in Scotland

From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government aligned the agricultural wages review to fall in line with the national minimum wage and national living wage changes. The new rates are published annually on 1 April, after review by ... (more)

27 Mar 2018Don't leave UK farming out in the cold

Don't leave UK farming out in the cold

Ian Craig, a partner in our sister firm in Scotland Campbell Dallas, says:  As an accountant I know about formal arrangements; the ones which involve paperwork. I am also aware of many more informal ones that make everyone’s ... (more)

19 Mar 2018Changes to Intangible Regime are tangibly close

Changes to Intangible Regime are tangibly close

“The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.” – Bruce Lee HM Treasury have been pondering the tax treatment of the intangible and published a consultation document on the corporate Intangible ... (more)

16 Mar 2018KickStart your R&D Tax Relief Claim

KickStart your R&D Tax Relief Claim

Wokingham is twice as innovative as Edinburgh, and a lot more start-up-and-go than Stirling or Wrexham. You however don’t have to live in any of those places to get R&D help from HMRC, and a cash prize for ... (more)

05 Mar 2018Taylor Swift idea all sewn up

Taylor Swift idea all sewn up

How small does an idea have to be, before it becomes big enough to belong to someone outright. More than three words between two plaintiffs, according to one judge. Where Ms Swift was expected to sign a cheque, ... (more)

21 Feb 2018Get Bits or die Tryin'

Get Bits or die Tryin'

50 Cent or 50 Bit; the notoriously absent-minded rapper, who forgot about his earnings from a chart topping album. He’d accepted payment in bitcoin, as opposed to actual coin. Forgetting about your taxable earnings is virtually no excuse. Baffled ... (more)

02 Feb 2018There's no holiday from budget planning

There's no holiday from budget planning

The deep, dark days of February make us all think of warmer times, and warmer climes. So if you’re thinking about getting away from it all, don’t forget to make a few fiscal preparations, least your pleasure beach ... (more)

26 Jan 2018Data:  Connected or Confidential

Data: Connected or Confidential

It might be a great idea to keep connected to the internet so you can keep an eye on your assets - even the human ones - but constant connectivity may open you and your business up to ... (more)

24 Jan 2018Don't Look Forward in Anguish

Don't Look Forward in Anguish

If you’ve not yet got a handle on this new-born year, it’s time to listen to our panel for some helpful advice. It might be a boy, a girl, or twin, but you’ll be crying like a new born ... (more)

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