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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.

If there is a subject you would like us to consider, please contact us.

8th September 2020

Cyber Secure Bookkeeping Assured

You might assume that the default approach for a bookkeeper or accountant in relation to technology is ‘cautious’ – after all we have to work with HMRC and Companies House, both of whom have historically been rather slow to adopt digital strategies. But being cautious and being proactively safe where IT is concerned are very […]

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7th August 2020

Losses Arising From The Covid Crisis and How To Manage Them

2020 may be the first time that your business has recorded financial losses. But assuming that recovery is possible, you have to consider this as a single step on a longer journey. For many businesses and self-employed individuals, keeping track of accounting procedures during the Covid crisis will have been a challenge. Whether managing increased […]

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2nd July 2020

Covid the joker, but cash is still the King

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and the world of commerce awakens from its enforced hibernation, good cash flow will once again rise in prominence, and not just in the short term.

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21st April 2020

‘Unprecedented’

If there is one word that will be used to sum up 2020, I am adamant that it will be ‘unprecedented’. Because, let’s face it, everything in our daily lives right now is …. without precedent. Coming in to 2020, I had competing views of the year ahead. The decisive election result provided a degree […]

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26th March 2020

Covid-19 Business Support

The UK Government has announced a raft of measures and support for individuals, businesses, employers and employees to help them through the Covid-19 / Coronavirus crisis. Details of all the current grants and business support can be found on the dedicated Gov.uk website page which is being updated daily: UK Government COVID-19 Support for Employees, […]

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25th February 2020

Payroll and Personal Tax Changes Happening Faster

As I wrote in a blog post earlier this year, Making Tax Digital (MTD) and Real Time Information (RTI) are beginning to have a noticeable and positive impact on managing tax issues on behalf of both my personal and corporate clients. But having just completed the annual truck load of self-assessment tax returns in January, […]

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31st January 2020

HMRC Agent

In days gone by, HMRC (HM Inspector of Taxes in those days) used to run regional offices. Rather than contact a national helpline or advice centre, you would direct your specific enquiry to the local office, determined by your location or that of your employer for income tax issues. In fact, I even remember visiting […]

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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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