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This page is intended to be an information resource for small businesses and their owners. The links below provide answers to frequently asked questions, access to technical briefings and useful web addresses. If you can't find what you are looking for here please use the online advice page to email us your problem.


Tax issues for small businesses

Your business will be affected by a whole range of issues and your own tax position needs to be protected. Here are some of the most useful areas of the Inland Revenue website:


What do I do when I go Self-employed?

Which Tax Office deals with my Income Tax affairs?

What are the current tax rates?

What is IR35 about?

What is Self Assessment?

What are the important dates under Self Assessment?

I am taking someone on - what do I have to do?

What is the Construction Industry Scheme?


VAT issues for small businesses

Most businesses are subject to the Value Added Tax legislation and the rules can be complex. Below are links to important areas of the Customs & Excise website:


Should I Be Registered for VAT?

How to I fill in my VAT return?

What is Cash Accounting?


Other issues for small businesses

We are often asked very similar questions by our small business customers. Here are a selection of the more important ones linking to official guidance:


What details need to go on our company letterhead?

I am a company director, what are my responsibilities?

What are the Working Time Regulations?

What do I need to know about the National Minimum Wage?

How does the Data Protection Act affect my business?



Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Association of Accounting Technicians

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Bank of England

Central Office of Information

Charity Commission

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Companies House

Department for Work & Pensions

Department of Trade and Industry

Exchange Rates Database

Federation of Small Businesses

Financial Services Authority

HM Revenue & Customs

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Insolvency Service

London Gazette

Office of Fair Trading

Patent & Trade Marks Office







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