• Posted February 21, 2020

Paying back your student loan whilst being self employed

 Sean Rushton, Whitesides Accountant looks into how to pay back your student loan whilst being self-employed You pay your student loan via your self-assessment tax return. If you have an accountant doing this for you then they will do all the calculations and they’ll tell you how much you need to pay over. Alternatively, […]


  • Posted February 14, 2020

The benefits of being VAT registered

 Joanne Whiteside, explores the benefits of being VAT registered The VAT registration threshold is currently 85,000 pounds, so if your turn over goes over that in the previous 12 months, looking at the 12 months up to the end of the previous month, not what your accounts might say for the previous year, you […]


  • Posted February 7, 2020

Claiming expenses on a garden office

Sean Rushton, Whitesides Accountant sheds (no pun intended) some light on claiming expenses on a garden office. If you’ve constructed a garden office for work you can claim the costs of the construction as capital allowances. However, if you’ve claimed capital allowances on it you may not be able to claim full principal private residence […]


  • Posted January 31, 2020

When do I need an accountant?

Whitesides Accountant & Tax Advisor Sarah Greenwood answers “When do I need an accountant?” I would have said the earlier the better. You obviously don’t need to see your accountant until something needs to be done, so that’s probably either at the stage you need to set up a payroll, probably one of the earlier […]


  • Posted January 24, 2020

Running costs of a Limited Company vs Sole Trader

 Whitesides Accountant & Tax Advisor Sarah Greenwood talks about the “running the costs of a Limited Company vs Sole Trader” The other thing that you might want to consider is the costs. Running a limited company can be more expensive than a sole trade business. You’ll tend to find that banks charge more, you’ll […]


  • Posted January 17, 2020

Should I set up a limited company?

 Whitesides Accountant & Tax Advisor Sarah Greenwood answers the question “Should I set up a limited company?” This is a question that we get asked all the time and it’s something that really depends on each individual businesses’ circumstances. The main things that I would consider is what you’re intending to do long term […]