Charities hold other people’s money and therefore must ensure that their financial records comply with specific charity legislation while satisfying the needs of all stakeholders. Charity companies raise a lot of money. However, when trying to keep financial records up to date, things can go wrong.
By law, every charitable company must prepare a set of accounts and a trustees’ annual report. Accounts and reports aim to provide a clear image of your charities activities and financial position. The trustees’ annual report is also where you can show off the work you do to the public and to funding bodies.
These requirements may seem overwhelming to a smaller charity, it doesn’t have to be, and outlining your aims and activities clearly can assist you in managing your finances well, and ensure your organisation is more effective.
Accountancy companies can help you build your portfolio and keep you up to date on your records. When you start working for yourself, be it as a contractor, a limited company owner, a freelancer or consultant, your priority is to generate business and fulfil the work you have won.
Permanent workers are usually paid via Pay As You Earn (PAYE). PAYE ensures that the employee’s income tax, national insurance, and student loan repayments have been deducted before the employee receiving their pay. However, self-employed individuals must pay to ensure that they have paid their taxes, national insurance contributions, and student loan repayments. If you are self-employed you must complete a self-assessment form to figure out what you owe and ensure that you have made payments before the deadline.
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Are you thinking of building your own house? Well you can now reclaim the VAT.
You can apply to HMRC for a VAT refund on building materials and services if you are building a new home, or converting a property into a home. In order to qualify, the home must be separate and self-contained, be for you or your family to live or holiday in, and not be for business purposes (although you can use one room as a work from home office). Builders working on new buildings should zero rate their work anyway and you won’t pay any VAT on their services.
Anyone who received income that was not covered by PAYE in the year to 5th April 2014 needs to complete a tax self assessment by 31st January. The deadline for submitting paper tax returns passed on 31st October 2015 – so you will need to do it online.