Don’t forget to back up your payroll data

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We highly recommend you make a note to complete regular backups of your Sage payroll data. That way if anything happens to your computer, you can always restore your previously backed up data so you don’t need to process everything again. You should try to take at least one backup to an external device such as a USB. How do … Read More

Workplace Pension Duties – New Employers

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New employers guide through workplace pension duties Are you taking on your first member of staff as a new employer? If so, you will have workplace pension responsibilities from the moment your new staff start working for you. A great new, simple online tool from the Pensions Regulator makes it easier to understand what you have to do. By answering a … Read More

NEW advisory fuel rates from December

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New advisory fuel rates from December HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs), to come into force from December 1. There are no changes to the rates for petrol cars, but the rate for diesel cars, with an engine above 2,000cc, increases by 1p per mile (ppm), from 13-14ppm. All other diesel rates remain unchanged. There is also … Read More

The Budget 2018 for businesses

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The Budget 2018 has been announced. It will be the final one before the UK leaves the EU. It was put forward on Monday 29th October 2018 by Chancellor Philip Hammond. Here is what it means for businesses. Will I pay less income tax? 31 million people pay income tax in the UK –  18 million men and 13 million … Read More

Minimum pension contributions to increase in April 2019

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Minimum pension contributions rates increase again in April Minimum contributions that are set by the government for auto-enrolment will increase again in April 2019. It will be the law. The increase will take the total minimum amount to 8% (at least 3% from you as the employer). This is assuming you’re calculating minimum pension contributions on qualifying earnings. If you … Read More

Campaign warning about pension scams

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Don’t let scammers enjoy yours or your employees’ retirement The Pensions Regulator has joined together with the Financial Conduct Authority to launch the ScamSmart campaign in order to warn savers about pension scams. As an employer you pay in to your employees’ pension, with contributions rising again next April. Don’t let yours and your employees’ money go to waste at … Read More

Tips and Shortcuts for Sage 50 Accounts

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Tips and Shortcuts for Sage 50 Accounts   In this article we’re going to take a look at some time saving shortcuts that could make your accounting life easier! 1. Using the F6 key whilst holding down shift allows you to copy the cell above + add one sequential number to the last digit e.g. cell above is 112567 – … Read More

New employee payslip legislation in April

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New employee payslip legislation for April 2019 New legislation is being introduced in April 2019 changing the requirements of employee payslips. The changes require all workers which include permanent, casual and zero hours employees to be provided with fully itemised payslips. These itemised payslips follow recommendations made by the Taylor Review of modern employment practices, which called for employers to … Read More