Welcome to the Nicki Paddy & Co. Blog.

We are regularly asked questions by our clients, the answers to which are often pertinent to other clients and SME’s. So in a bid to make useful information freely available, we seek to answer the most regularly asked questions or provide some ideas about managing the perennial issues faced by SME’s and growing companies.

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14th January 2020

MTD and RTI Come to Fruition

In recent years we have had numerous legislative changes around tax reporting, beginning with RTI (Real Time Information) on payroll and then more recently MTD (Making Tax Digital) for VAT. These have been introduced gradually, marking a creeping change to an automated reporting system between businesses and HMRC. The long-term ambition of these measures is […]

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11th December 2019

Sole Traders – Why is my tax bill so high?

This question is not unfamiliar to me. The full question is normally along the lines of ‘Why is my tax bill so high, in fact why am I paying any tax at all?’ I do understand the thinking from a sole trader’s perspective, I think it is a sentiment shared by us all. But the […]

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15th October 2019

Accounting Quick Calcs and Rule of Thumb Estimates

It may be because I work with figures all day or it may be because I have a head for numbers, but I find that when I am reviewing sets of figures or running an at-a-glance estimation process, I find a series of accounting quick calcs help me out. They help me to make rapid […]

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1st October 2019


No, I am not attempting to clear the decks of my clients, I am talking offers and how best to handle them in your accounts. If you sell products and run discounts and offers to your customer base, how you reflect these in your accounts can have an impact on profit margins and your long-term […]

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26th September 2019

Working with Other Accountants

In most other sectors, you would never dream of working directly with your competitors, but for most of us in the accountancy industry it’s part of life. As well as providing accounting services to my own clients, a significant amount of my work involves working with and for other firms of accountants. There are numerous […]

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11th September 2019

Working Smarter

As business owners sometimes do, I sat down the other day and looked at the state of the business – what I do, who I do it for – and then compared this to the same picture last year and a number of years prior to that. What was clear to me was the fact […]

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14th August 2019

A Day in the Life of a Bookkeeper

It’s Wednesday 16th January and I have decided to keep a track of a bookkeeper’s day. It’s 0620 and this is the week where the period I refer to as self-assessment silly season really kicks in. I have got 12 more working days before the tax return submission deadline but that assumes no weekend working! […]

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31st July 2019

Know Your Numbers

What’s the quickest way to identify an issue in your management accounts? Simple – know your numbers…. I work for a number of businesses whereby I manage (nearly) every aspect of their company accounts function. From raising sales invoices to credit control, managing the purchase ledger, payment of suppliers, payroll, VAT, annual/quarterly returns and year-end […]

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2nd May 2019

Stock Terms – BOMs, Kits and SKUs

If your business stocks a range of products that are ‘made’ or sold as a combination of multiple items, ensuring you use the correct method of stock management and costing will avoid any accounting issues and ensure your costs, sales, margins and stock valuations remain accurate. Understanding how each different option works and how it […]

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14th March 2019

Importing and Exporting – An SME Guide Part 2

Whatever the final Brexit deal looks like the reality is we are likely to see changes in the administrative processes for passing goods across borders. But we are also told that with our newly acquired independence will come great opportunity for the UK to strike out and form new trading relationships with other countries of […]

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