Is There Anything I Need to Do With My Business Before the End of the Tax Year on 5th April 2017, in the UK?

 

Is there anything I need to do with my business before the end of the tax year on 5th April 2017?  (UK)

 

Now this is the time of year accountants and financial advisers get very excited, they are also quite often busy.

 

It is all to do with Tax Allowances, which I know sounds really boring but it is essentially the government’s way of encouraging us to do things , like savings and pensions and other things like that.

So before you glaze over and switch off.  I have made it as simple as possible.  So you can start your journey of understanding these things, because they are important and will provide for your financial future.

 

Let’s face it, most of us don’t get up in the morning going yeah! Let’s sort out our savings and pensions and tax allowances, how exciting!

 

So simple, so clear, let’s go.

 

If you bring home to you, less than £11,000, from all your jobs and businesses. That’s £11,000.

 

Here are my suggestions to consider.

 

Firstly

Putting some money in an emergency savings account – you know it is important, well now is the time to create or add to your emergency savings.

 

Secondly

To check your eligibility for the state pension, before you go ‘nooo, not relevant’ and dismiss it.

 

You only need 30 years of national insurance now to be eligible and if you are self-employed, it is actually a really good investment.

 

One they are probably going to change in a few years, so worth looking at this year.

 

This is the one thing I recommend you do – get a statement from the government on where you are with your state pension. click here to apply

 

So check out your state pension as it is a very good investment particularly when you are self-employed.

 

Lastly

Married Couples Allowance

I know it sounds archaic but was brought in by David Cameron and not of lot of people know about it.

It will give you £220 a year, so worth considering.  You can just apply online.

You are eligible if one partner is earning less than £11,000 and one partner is earning over £11,000.

Click here to apply.

 

I know, but you want to know these things, don’t you!

So that’s clear, if you are earning £11,000 or less. You can find out more on www.gov.co.uk

 

Let’s look at if you bring home over £11,000?

 

I have a few more tips to include.

 

The more you earn, the more important these things are to look at.

 

Firstly

Back to savings again – it is even more important now, that you have emergency savings.

When you earn over £11,000 you might want to put the money into an Individual Savings Account (ISA).

You will probably see lots of TV advertising and print advertising saying ‘Use your ISA Allowance’.

 

It is a place to put savings where we don’t get taxed, so well worth it if you pay tax, that’s an ISA.

 

In fact, the government has started a new Lifetime ISA if you are under 40 to encourage young people to save.  It is even better than a standard ISA.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/lifetime-ISAs

 

Secondly

The second thing is a personal pension.

It is incredibly tax efficient to put money in a pension.

The government actively wants us to do it.

So once you start earning over £11,000 and definitely when you get to £43,000, you want to be putting money in a pension and providing for your future in some way or other.

 

Would recommend a financial adviser here or starting off with one of the simple ones, again check out https://www.gov.uk/personal-pensions-your-rights

 

Lastly

This is a business one

If you are about to make an expensive purchase anyway?  It can be worth consciously deciding which tax year to buy it in, either before or after the 5th of April.

Accountants get quite excited about this.

 

In conclusion

So that is it, not perhaps as complicated as you thought?

 

As I said, we never wake thinking, ‘let’s do the really complicated stuff today’ but it is worth it.

 

On this blog, as well as including the exciting things, I wanted to cover some of the more difficult things, people avoid, put off and generally blank!

 

The action for the end of the year,

well there is nothing you have to do but providing for your financial future is highly recommended.

 

Take one action today towards your future.  Put some money in savings and/or order your state pension statement.

 

Thank you very much for watching this, I have much respect for you watching these videos, particularly when they are about more difficult subjects. 

Thank you.  Jenny

 

 


Bookkeeping Motivation

Bookkeeping Motivation

The best method I have found over the years of motivating both myself and my clients is the method of rewards and consequences.

Little rewards when you complete your books, little consequences when you don’t. This has the effect of associating rewards with bookkeeping, which is a good thing, and also positive emotions.

So I think of bookkeeping as the business equivalent of laundry.

Yes I am talking washing your clothes here, which might seem a bit random! When you wash your clothes regularly, it means you can wear all your favourite things. If you leave your washing for too long, you end up wearing the things you like least, that are left at the bottom of the wardrobe.

Even buying new is only a short term solution.

Can you imagine doing a whole year’s worth of laundry in one go?

Should you have that many clothes. Yet that is what people do with their bookkeeping. Then they wonder why they avoid it, that sounds quite daunting to me.

So my recommendation, like your laundry, do it regularly, it lessens the chore and you might even start enjoying it. You will definitely get better at it.

If you are not sure how to do your books, I have created a course called The Most Simple Bookkeeping Course Ever, which will show you how to set up your books and how to do them regularly.

It is available on Facebook and my website. Thank you for watching.