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How do I make a work mileage tax refund claim?

How do I make a work mileage tax refund claim?

If you are using your own vehicle for work and are being reimbursed less than 0.45p per mile by your employer then you are actually entitled to make a claim to HMRC for the difference. This is known as claiming tax relief.Here is an example: John is a Healthcare...

A Freelancers guide to claiming back business mileage.

A Freelancers guide to claiming back business mileage.

If you are a freelancer where travel is required as part of your job, you may be able to claim for travel expenses, and that includes any business mileage you clock up while using your personal vehicle. However, there are some differences in how self-employed and...

Trial by Facebook, the dangerous trend that could affect your brand.

Trial by Facebook, the dangerous trend that could affect your brand.

A couple of weeks ago we released an article advising people how to claim the Homeworking allowance through the HMRC website. We were expecting a really positive response as it is essentially free money, however, we were flabbergasted by the social media backlash. We...

How do I claim my work mileage tax rebate?

How do I claim my work mileage tax rebate?

How you go about claiming business mileage tax relief really depends on how much relief you are looking to claim for. It is important to note here that the tax relief being claimed and a tax refund are two completely different things. Here is a quick note on each to...

Car Allowance vs Mileage Allowance – What’s best for employees?

Car Allowance vs Mileage Allowance – What’s best for employees?

When it comes to giving your employees the chance to take advantage of a company car or mileage allowance, they can both be an attractive benefit for your staff. That said, whilst they’re both valuable perks of the job, as an employer, you need to ensure you’re...

Marketing your online business

Marketing your online business

Marketing Your Small Business You’ve taken the leap and started your own small business. You’ve built a website, set up pages on social media, ordered snazzy business cards, and of course – chosen an accountant and now you are waiting for the leads to start rolling...

We have grown…

We have grown…

Due to the continued growth of ShoeBox.co.uk we have moved into a new premises in Warrington town centre. Our new offices are positioned directly behind the main train station 'Warrington Central' and will allow us to continue our growth plans for the future. Our new...

Why you can’t afford not to have an accountant

Why you can’t afford not to have an accountant

SSetting up on your own can be exciting. It’s an opportunity to work with who you want to, when you want to, and how you want to, not to mention to work when you’re most productive (instead of when the boss decides you need to be productive), and to farm out the...

Recruitment – A Guide to Recruiting Staff

Recruitment – A Guide to Recruiting Staff

The key to running any successful business is having good staff behind you and it is imperative to get the recruitment process right. If you are a small business, you may have never hired before and the thought of recruitment may seem a little daunting; you might not...

Benefits in kind – what are they, and how do they affect me?

Benefits in kind – what are they, and how do they affect me?

If you are an employee or a director of a company, you may be receiving benefits in kind. These are items which are given to you by the company but not through your salary. The value of these items is taxable. What is a benefit in kind? There are a number of common...

The short term impact of Brexit for UK small businesses.

The short term impact of Brexit for UK small businesses.

It’s been more than two years since the controversial EU Referendum indicated that the UK wanted to part ways from the European Union, and over a year since Article 50 was triggered, so the ‘B-word’ has been an unavoidable phrase for some time now. As Brexit creeps...

Can I claim expenses for my lunch when I am on the go?

Can I claim expenses for my lunch when I am on the go?

Lunches can be a legitimate business expense however, the rules can be somewhat complex. This neat little infographic produced by our digital partner FreeAgent will help give some clarity on what is and isn't claimable.

What are payments on account?

What are payments on account?

Once you start being eligible to complete a Self Assessment tax return, you may be liable to make payments on account. It sounds a lot more daunting than it actually is, so here’s our easy guide to everything you need to know. What are Payments on Account? In basic...

Freelancing: an honest account… plus some tips

Freelancing: an honest account… plus some tips

Given that freelancing is such a vast area, I will share my own experiences as a freelance writer and ‘marketeer’... and I will start by making two assumptions: By clicking on this blog I assume you are looking into working on a freelance basis. Similarly, whereas I...

Why you should already be on top of your 2017/2018 tax return

Why you should already be on top of your 2017/2018 tax return

The summer can be a quiet time for small businesses in particular, and the temptation can be to more or less down tools until your clients have enough of a “back to school” feeling to need your services again. Even if you’re using the quiet time to scope out the...

What is the cycle to work scheme?

What is the cycle to work scheme?

Riding a bike to work can be a great way to fit some exercise into your day, but did you know it can be as good for your wallet as it is for your health? The Government introduced the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme in 1999 to encourage employees to use bikes for commuting,...

How to Grow Your Freelance Business

How to Grow Your Freelance Business

When you make the hugely liberating decision to break free from the world of employment, it can be extremely exciting, but there is no denying that it is also daunting, with the main concern of whether you will be able to earn any money from it! Fear not though, if...

8 benefits of freelance working

8 benefits of freelance working

Modern technology has made it easier than ever for thousands of people to work on a freelance basis. From solicitors to PR agents, and from graphic designers to personal trainers, almost every career path has a freelance pathway. Here are just some of the benefits to...