• Posted May 11, 2020

What are trivial benefits and what are the rules you need to follow?

In 2016 the regulations for trivial benefits changed. Before the change employers could provide tea and coffee and perhaps a small seasonal gift to their employees without having to disclose the cost on a P11D or within a PAYE settlement agreement.  Under the new rules there is more flexibility and provide you stick to the […]


  • Posted April 13, 2020

What is National Insurance and do I have to pay National Insurance?

National Insurance is pretty complicated with all the different classes so below is a brief summary of the current NIC regime.  All the rates mentioned below are for the 2020/21 tax year. What is National Insurance? NIC is a tax on earned income, it is divided into different classes.  Class 1 is paid on employment […]


  • Posted April 1, 2020

Time Management tips for small business owners

As a business owner everything is your responsibility from ordering stationery and sending out the post to hiring staff and marketing the business. As well as all these day to day tasks you need to take time to plan the business strategy and longer-term business objectives. If you are struggling to find time here are […]


  • Posted March 24, 2020

Payroll Year-end Checklist – What you need to do and when

Preparing for the payroll year-end can seem a bit of a daunting task, especially if it is your first time but don’t worry Tanis has put together a handy checklist for you to follow to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines. Check your Payroll Year End This may seem an obvious thing, but […]


  • Posted March 23, 2020

Coronavirus – What support is my business eligible for?

  We have developed a tool to help you discover what government support is available for your business. This has been updated for the information released by the Chancellor on Thursday 26 March 2020.  If you would like your results emailed to you please provide your email address below   Need more guidance? For more […]


  • Posted March 13, 2020

Do you Need to do a Tax Return?

Whitesides Accountant & Tax Advisor Sarah Greenwood answers “Do you Need to do a Tax Return?” It depends. If you’ve just got employment income, for example you’ve got three or four little part-time jobs, you don’t need to do a tax return because all your income is accounted under pay as you earn. HMRC recently […]


  • Posted March 11, 2020

What is the Difference Between Bookkeeping and Accounting? Can a Bookkeeper Prepare Accounts?

Quite regularly we’re asked what is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting? In this blog post, Sarah Greenwood, Whitesides Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor explains the key differences. Accounting and bookkeeping are terms that are often used interchangeably, but what really is the difference?   Bookkeeping is the process of collating and recording all the […]


  • Posted March 6, 2020

Do I Need Payroll for my Business?

Whitesides Accountant & Tax Advisor Sarah Greenwood answers “Do I need payroll for my business?” It depends on what you’re doing. Self Employed If you’re a self-employed individual then you probably don’t need to set up a payroll to pay yourself, unless you are employing any staff. Limited Company If you’re a limited company then […]


  • Posted March 4, 2020

Bookkeeping Software – What is the best for your business?

There are so many online bookkeeping software packages available at the moment it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your business. I have outlined below the 4 main software’s available and the businesses we feel they are most suited to. Xero Xero was developed in New Zealand before being launched in […]