With the cost of professional membership fees rising each year its worth knowing that you can claim back the tax.
- If you need to be a member of a professional body – or sometimes several – in order to do your job, or if it’s helpful for your work. In this case you can legitimately reclaim tax on fees or subscriptions.
- If you paid the fees or subscription yourself (rather than your company paying)
- If your membership is not a life membership subscription.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) operate a list of approved professional organisations.
Check whether your professional body, association or institute is amongst them.
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Growth is a sign of a healthy company. Whether its growth in turnover, market share or profits. An improvement in these key performance indicators reflects a business that is moving in the right direction.
Yet despite around half of small and medium businesses predicting growth, there are noticeable gaps in the business capabilities required to create this growth. If you are one of many SMEs that require expert support in specific areas of tax, finance, accounting systems or litigation support, please make contact with our senior partner, Tarrant Green.
The recently published UK Small Business Survey was conducted for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills amongst 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 250 employees. It revealed that 51% of business leaders predict growth in turnover in the next year, while only 8 per cent forecast lower growth.
Over 2 to 3 years the expectation of growth is yet stronger with 74% of SME firms aiming to grow their businesses.
Firms in some sectors have above average growth ambitions:
- 81% manufacturing
- 86% information and communications
- 78% business services
- 83% administrative services
Yet despite this commitment to growth, when employers were asked about their capability in essential business areas, the percentage believing they are strong on these tasks falls below 100%:
- 78% people management
- 73% decisions on tax and regulation issues
- 61% business strategy
- 61% operational improvement
- 44% introducing new products and services
- 28% entering new markets
- 27% accessing external finance
This begs the question, if a significant proportion of companies lack essential capabilities, then how will they optimise their firm’s performance and achieve its growth goals?
As well as revealing gaps in business capabilities the survey also showed that there are issues for SMEs that need to access finance. Almost 20% had looked for finance in the previous year and of these 39% experienced some problems in securing the funds they wanted from their first choice source, including 30% who were refused outright.
Of course, it has always been difficult for SMEs to cover all the bases in terms of business capabilities. Unlike huge corporations, large teams of specialists in tax, strategy and finance would represent an unwarranted overhead.
Tarrant Green and Company supports SMEs when they need help, for as long as they need it, to bolster their capability, including:
- providing advice and training on appropriate accounts systems and software
- assisting in raising finance
- taxation investigations and litigation support services
- forensic accounting
- advising on the most efficient approach to taxation.
In order to support emerging new businesses and SMEs, we are proud participants in the Business Advice Service of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
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In recent years, we’ve seen surprising reports about local postmasters being taken to court by the Post Office over theft, fraud and false accounting. The Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance was formed as over 100 sub-postmasters claim they were wrongly prosecuted due to issues with the computer software system. Now following their complaints, a forensic accounting investigation for the Post office has shed some light on the matter. Whilst the Post Office refutes the findings, reporter Nick Wallis has published extracts, which tend to support the subpostmasters concerns.
At Tarrant Green & Company our work in forensic accounting tends to be undertaken out of the media spotlight, in contrast to the current Post Office situation. Our investigations simply provide our clients with certainty and recommended next steps.
For example, we have:
- Identified the extent of employee misappropriation of funds
- Uncovered a £3.5 million inventory shortfall missed by Big 4 auditors
- Found evidence to reduce an HMRC tax bill from £600,000 to £14,000.
The forensic accounting support we provide is a combination of accounting, auditing and investigative work. This provides you with the evidence base you need to resolve financial issues and can be used in legal proceedings.
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The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) conducted a survey of leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with between 10 and 249 staff work. The research has revealed that they work 3 extra months in a year, over and above a 40 hour working week. On average SME leaders work 10 hours extra hours a week and this rises to 13.4 hours a week for those in the larger SMEs with 100 to 249 staff. The survey showed that back office tasks account for much of this additional workload.
- 90 minutes per week is spent on marketing
- 77 minutes on HR related activities
- 73 minutes per week is spent handling insurance
- 62 minutes is required to manage IT
- 37 minutes is taken by dealing with office supplies
“It is concerning to think that SMEs work an extra quarter of a year, effectively doing a full year’s work by October. Much of this time is spent on tasks that have nothing to do with their core business goals,” commented Steve White, Chief Executive of BIBA
This situation is the reason why specialist firms like Tarrant Green & Company exist to provide financial and management consultancy services, and even advice and training on IT systems for accounting. The support provided by our senior partner, Tarrant, can help reduce your workload as a business leader and increase the profitability of your business.
Virgin Media’s, Richard Branson and LinkedIn have launched the ‘Pitch to Rich’ campaign to back British entrepreneurs.
You could win support to get your idea off the ground. There are three different categories:
- Start-up: new business concept with huge potential
- New things: big new ideas with the capacity to disrupt
- Grow: for existing businesses that are ready to scale up.
Find out more about the financial and mentoring support available through this campaign, and what you need to do to pitch your business idea.